Why Alan would be an effective mentor

  • Alan took over the family farm and its 50 dairy cow herd in 1991. In 2004, he decided to diversify into organic beef and sheep production, enabling him to manage the farm alongside his job working in a local creamery
  • In 2017, Alan began milking Lleyn and Friesland sheep. The milk is processed locally and is used to create cheese, yoghurt and ice cream. The growing demand for produce means Alan is already planning to increase flock numbers and hopes to build his own on farm processing dairy. A new enterprise to sell bottled fresh milk and frozen milk from the farm gate together with a new visitor centre are also in the pipeline
  • Having successfully changed and adapted his way of farming to suit both the needs of his family and business, he believes he is well equipped to help others who are keen to diversify into niche areas of farming which have the potential to create new streams of income
  • A good listener, Alan describes himself as an ‘ideas’ person. Alan has excellent problem solving skills which he gained through his work on the farm, his job and as chair of two local community committees, and is keen to share his experience to help others. Alan also has a good understanding of dealing with environmental regulations
  • Alan is currently in the process of bringing his sons into the business therefore has some experience of farm succession

Current farm business

  • 215 acre holding owned, plus a further 79 acres rented
  • 25 cow herd
  • 150 sheep, producing milk and organic lamb
  • Organic farming system since 2004


  • After leaving school, Alan attended Glynllifon College before working on a number of dairy, beef and sheep farms and running his own agricultural contracting business
  • Water Waste & Effluence Technician at a local creamery

Tips for business success

“Always think outside the box and don’t be afraid to do things differently. Just because you have always done something one way does not mean there isn’t a better alternative available.”

“Always challenge your ideas by considering the following:

  1. What if?
  2. How can I?
  3. Research
  4. Plan”

“Most importantly, always allow time for yourself and your family.”