Why Aled would be an effective mentor

  • Aled has spent 10 years running his own beef and sheep farm and 15 years as a contract shepherd
  • Aled expanded the home farm by buying 50 acres from a neighbour and then set about increasing the stock numbers to 350
  • Aled has been a contracted shepherd for 15 years on Tregeiriog Farm, which is a low input medium output farm, with cost of production a key part in the enterprise
  • The breed of sheep kept on the farm has been changed to offer a more hardy, slightly bigger, more productive ewe. Aled is also keen on making improvements to the grassland and grazing systems
  • Aled advised three different farmers who wanted to become contract shepherds, and two of them went on to fulfil their ambitions
  • Aled can communicate well with people, having had about 20 different groups of farmers tour the farm as well as being asked to address various grassland groups and other groups of farmers

Current farm business

  • 1,000 acres as a contract shepherd
  • 120 acres owned
  • 30 Welsh Blacks plus 40 youngstock. Suckler herd with heifer calves kept as replacements. Calves finished on farm or sold at local butcher, and meat going back to local hotels/pubs
  • 350 sheep with 100 ewe lambs, mainly improved Welsh and Mules
  • 1,200 contracted sheep and 350 ewe lambs. Lleyn, Aberdales and Mules, sold off to deadweight and rest stores

Qualifications/ achievements/ experience

  • OND Welsh Agricultural College, Aberystwyth 1989-1991
  • National Certificate in Agriculture, Coleg Llysfasi, Ruthin 1988
  • Farming Connect and Hybu Cig Cymru Demonstration Farm for three years 2008-2011

Top tips for business success

“Look after the costings and maximise the incomes.”
“Take advice on board, and invite people and other organisations to visit the farm.”