Share farming puts new entrant on agri ladder

ShaRe farming has brought together a Carmarthenshire farm owner and a farmer’s son from north Wales in a partnership which is paying off for both.

Carine Kidd’s family has farmed Glanmynys near Llandovery for generations and wanted to secure the farm’s future, share responsibility for the day-to-day running of the farm, and allow the farm to continue to develop.

he had been working for Dunbia but wanted to get a foothold in farming; the scale and potential to farm at Glanmynys, which extends to approximately 500 acres, provided an exciting opportunity.

The pair started farming together in November 2018 and they now run 700 Welsh and aberfield x Welsh breeding ewes and 150 followers, 25 Simmental-cross suckler cows and 40 angus-cross youngstock. The aim is to grow grass efficiently and convert good quality forage into liveweight. “We know that the next few years will be challenging,’’ says Peredur, who aims to reinvest any profit he makes in buying his own stock.

“We are continuing the good work that was previously done and looking to the future to expand both the flock and the herd and to make ourselves sustainable in a world without subsidies.’’

The partners were helped by various agencies including Farming Connect’s Venture, agri advisor, and CaRa Wales, a scheme designed to pair up new entrants with landowners.

Key to their successful working relationship is a weekly management meeting and a monthly financial meeting. although Carine and Peredur talk about day-to-day issues during the course of the working day, they agree that a structured meeting is necessary too.

They both believe that the support provided by Farming Connect to farmers and foresters in Wales is extremely beneficial.

“It is a very good scheme. Farmers in Wales need to make good use of it. I have friends in england who can’t believe there is so much support available for farmers here in Wales,’’ says Peredur.

Farming Connect, which is delivered by Menter a Busnes and Lantra, is funded by the european agricultural Fund for Rural Development and Welsh Government.

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