The James family of Upper Black Hill farm in Dolfor, near Newtown describe themselves as a traditional family farm partnership, yet their approach to expansion and improving efficiency within their business is progressive and effective. They took advantage of a Glastir entry contract in 2014.
Provided support to 23,400 individuals through one to one subsidised services, or via farming connect events.
Farming Connect will be introducing a new integrated programme of knowledge transfer and innovation support in October 2015 which will focus on improving the competitiveness and profitability of farm and forestry businesses in Wales.
Since becoming a Farming Connect demonstration farm, a lot of management decisions and changes that have taken place at Bodrida, Brynsiencyn are linked with efficient grass utilisation.
Grassland allocation and management of feedstocks need careful planning to ensure optimum flock performance.
Increasing grass utilisation through a system of rotational grazing would allow Welsh sheep farmers to grow more grass.
Farming Connect’s Agrisgôp initiative has played a key role in nurturing a series of farm diversifications which have created twenty new jobs in north Pembrokeshire.
During early September, Farming Connect will be hosting two demonstration farm events that will be held at Frowen, Whitland and Ochor, Tregaron focusing on pre-tupping management and lamb finishing options.
Two successful retail businesses in Fishguard town centre, including a family farm shop and delicatessen have been developed as a result of entrepreneurial drive and assistance from Farming Connect’s Agrisgôp programme.
Farming Connect will be hosting a series of farm walks focusing on methods of extending the grazing season. Following recent low milk prices, alternative management strategies need to be explored to reduce feed costs.
Farming Connect, in conjunction with Meat Promotion Wales, will be hosting a range of meetings throughout August which will offer farmers the opportunity of discussing current beef and lamb markets.
Menter a Busnes, one of Wales’ leading independent economic development companies, has been awarded a new framework to deliver an integrated programme of knowledge transfer and innovation support for agriculture and forestry businesses in Wales.
Farming Connect staff look forward to seeing you in the Lantra building (Avenue K) at this year's Royal Welsh Show (July 20-23).
A livestock farmer says lessons learned from a series of projects carried out at his Farming Connect Demonstration Farm are helping to inform decisions that will make his business more efficient and profitable.
“The day passed all my expectations and I came away feeling extremely motivated,” was the view of farmer Polly Davies from the Vale of Glamorgan, one of the fifty delegates who attended Farming Connect’s Women in Agriculture forum held at the iconic National Botanic Garden of Wales in Llanarthne la ...
Members of Farming Connect Agrisgôp groups from across Wales were congratulated on their achievements by Deputy Minister for Farming and Food Rebecca Evans, when she recently attended a celebratory event held at the Royal Welsh Showground.
“During the current Agrisgôp programme, renewable energy generation has been an extremely popular topic for discussion, research and development within many Agrisgôp groups.
Three new or expanded retail businesses including a butcher’s shop and deli expansion in Fishguard and a café and shop in Mathry have been developed in Pembrokeshire as a result of entrepreneurial drive and Agrisgôp assistance, creating six new jobs with more expected.
A series of events have been held throughout Wales in recent months in order to share the results and findings of the Farming Connect Farmer Innovation Fund projects, which came to a close in April 2015.
Visit Farming Connect in the Lantra Building at this year’s Royal Welsh Show, which will take place at the Royal Welsh Showground from July 20–23.
A conference in north Wales brought together 100 women who play leading roles in farming businesses and the wider rural economy.
The search continues to find the ‘best of the best’ exhibitors to showcase their products or services in this year’s Tomorrow, Today exhibition which will be held in the Green Pavilion at next month’s Royal Welsh Show. The deadline for applications is now 1st July 2015.
“An excellent event which passed all expectations,” was the general consensus from more than fifty women who attended Farming Connect’s recent Women in Agriculture forum, held at the iconic National Botanic Garden of Wales in Llanarthne last week.
Visit Farming Connect in the Lantra Building at this year’s Royal Welsh Show, which will take place at the Royal Welsh Showground from July 20 -23.
Farming Connect will be hosting a project update day at Gelli Aur College Farm, Llandeilo, SA32 8NJ on the 23rd June at 10:30am.
Days to slaughter is the biggest driver of profit in a commercial lamb enterprise, and maximizing performance from grass is vital.
Wales’ beef producers are being urged to exploit improved growth genetics to finish cattle earlier.
Ensuring that your poultry flock is healthy plays a key role in ensuring a profitable business.
Farming Connect are hosting a demonstration farm event focusing on grassland and EID technology. The event on June 17 will be held at Hafod y Maidd, Glasfryn, Corwen, LL21 0RY at 4pm.
The search is on for exhibitors to take part in the Tomorrow, Today exhibition at this year’s Royal Welsh Show.
Farming Connect has selected two of Wales’ most iconic attractions to stage this year’s highly anticipated Women in Agriculture Forums
Farming Connect are hosting a series of demonstration farm events throughout June. The events will kick off with on-farm health and safety, which will be held at Gop Farm, Trelawnyd on June 3.
Welsh sheep farmers are urged to check warnings on the SCOPS website this spring to help them avoid losses due to Nematodirus, since lambs grazing pasture that carried lambs last year are at risk.
‘Pick Your Own’ strawberries have been grown at Farming Connect demonstration farm Aberbran Fawr near Brecon for over 18 years but repeated production in the same location had built up levels of redcore and other debilitating soil borne diseases.
A reminder that Farming Connect will deliver two Women in Agriculture events next month.
A Welsh livestock farmer says he is running his business more efficiently since attending a fully funded Farming Connect computer skills workshop.
Many farms are having to construct new or improve existing slurry or /silage stores to meet the needs of modern farming.
Additional Business Planning workshops and Succession Planning clinics at locations throughout Wales.
Farming Connect will be hosting a farm walk at Newton Farm, Scethrog, Brecon, LD3 7YG on the 28th May 2015, between 2-4pm to discuss the benefits of growing plantain.
A project carried out on two of the Farming Connect demonstration farms have shown no improvement in growth rate following the shearing of lambs post-weaning.
Silage is estimated to cost on average £30/tonne of FM or £100/tonne of DM to make. However the real cost to consider is how much it costs for every tonne that is fed.
Farmers are being warned to always consider lungworm as a possible cause of respiratory disease in cattle at grass.
A Welsh goat farmer is targeting a 25% increase in milk yields by identifying top performers in his 750-goat herd.
Poultry discussions attracted a keen audience at a recent Farming Connect Knowledge transfer meeting held in Brecon.
As a part of a series of events, Farming Connect are hosting an on-farm event with ADAS sheep specialist Kate Phillips, to discuss and disseminate the Trace Element group project, which was run as one of the chosen Farmer Innovation Fund projects.
Throughout May, Farming Connect are hosting a series of Demonstration Farm events across Wales. The events will offer farmers the opportunity to gain valuable information on how to improve on-farm efficiency as well as general farm business management.
Menter a Busnes is encouraging all farmers visiting this year’s Royal Welsh Agricultural Society (RWAS) Spring Festival at Llanelwedd on May 16 & 17 to make sure they include a visit to Farming Connect.
Welsh soft fruit and ornamental flower growers are drafting in insect predators to control pests the natural way.
Farming Connect is hosting an event at IBERS, Plas Gogerddan, Aberystwyth, SY23 3EB, on May 13 between 2pm and 4pm.
Farming Connect are hosting a series of Farm Walk events across the country with a diverse range of specialist speakers.