We will survive if we pull together and support each other

by Dwylan Davies, FUW Brecon & Radnor County Chairman

Dwylan Davies has been the County Chairman for Brecon and Radnor since May 2019, here he tells us a little bit about himself and what his aims are as chairman:

I farm beef and sheep on 400 acres in Cynghordy, Llandovery. I also farm 400 sheep on Epynt near Tirabad where I was brought up. I’m married to Carol, a Welsh language
translator for Powys County Council, and have two

daughters who are both qualified Welsh language primary school teachers, Rhian in the Welsh Unit in Rhayader School and Menna who is at present teaching in Kuwait. I have been a member of the Llanwrtyd Wells branch for over

30 years.
I have found that this is a large area with Epynt

as the dividing backbone. The sheer distance from the top to the bottom of the region doesn’t lend itself to an easy task of management. My aim as FUW County Chairman is to help our officers regenerate interest and participation in Union matters, from the younger element to members

who until now have missed the call to arms to ensure that the County meetings are overflowing with ideas and support.

This of course means attending branch meetings, and whilst it may not be the most thrilling aspect of being a member it is a necessity to carry out business and of course to be able to provide input into the everchanging faces of our industry.

I would like to extend a warm invitation
to all members or family connections with
an interest in the current affairs of the
industry to contact the local office to arrange attendance at our County meetings.

I do feel we are moving into a new era in Welsh Farming. It could take a few different avenues and not all of us will survive as we are now. We, as an industry, must take a broad outlook for the future and consider which avenue will accommodate our particular enterprise.

I know this sounds a little negative, but until we have any meat on the Brexit bones we must remain open-minded. On a positive side, as a farmer in business for 35+ years I have dealt with so much change over the last 20 years, a vast difference from the secure times for agriculture in the 80’s and early 90’s. We will come out the other side a little battered maybe, bruised probably but we will survive if we pull together and support each other.

Unions and Governments must take heed of the wishes of the people on the ground. We are the industry’s workforce, we are the caretakers of the environment. Once we in the hills have gone, it will be too late to try and send the young land manager back up onto the Epynt hill to feed the Hardy Speckled and Cheviot ewes on the bleakest winter days to the coldest part of Wales (Sennybridge/Tirabad) – well according to Derek Brockway’s regular weather forecasts!

 

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