Alice Bacon

Clynderwen, Pembrokeshire
Alice Bacon has made rapid progress since she embarked on a career in agriculture, with a share farming agreement now to her name.

When she is not working as a self-employed milk recorder for National Milk Records, Alice runs a herd of heritage pigs with Hugh and Katharine Brookes at Penlan Heritage Breeds, Cenarth.

Her interest in working with animals stems from her upbringing on a smallholding.She seized the chance to share farm, an opportunity facilitated by the Start to Farm Programme.
Every day is now a school day for Alice, learning practical animal husbandry skills in the outdoor pig farming business, from nutrition and breeding to paddock and field management. 
She has also gained valuable business experience working within the health and social care sector as an NVQ assessor and also as an area co-ordinator for NMR.
As Alice looks to the future with farming at its core, she sees the importance of having an ability to innovate and plan, to increase her skillset and to research the latest feed and farming developments.
Participation in the Business & Innovation programme will, she says, help her to achieve those goals by broadening her knowledge to enable her to better contribute to the already successful Penlan Heritage Breeds business.

“The Agri Academy experience will, I hope, give me the confidence to talk to a range of different experts, including when I meet our customers and suppliers, as my future plans, underpinned by our Venture contract, will see me taking on a wider role in the enterprise with more involvement in business planning.’’