Why Eilir would be an effective mentor
- Eilir has been involved in the dairy industry all his life and has used his inspirations, experiences in Wales and New Zealand and knowledge to ensure his farm business has a strong, sustainable core to support his family
- Eilir has expanded his farm from 100ha to 330ha through purchase and rental, and has great confidence in dealing with the bank, producing budgets, cash flows and commentary.
- He has full confidence in speaking in front of others and giving his own views. Eilir believes that giving constructive criticism is one of the best ways for an individual, and the business, to improve and grow.
- His role has evolved over the past few years and now includes managing people, alongside the cows. He has good motivational skills, clear vision and is a positive thinker
- Eilir believes that progression and personal growth is vitally important to any form of business.
- What Eilir can offer is a vast amount of experience and open mindedness, from measuring grass to financial budgeting, to joint ventures of any kind.
Current farm business
- Currently farming 330ha, Eilir and his partner Catrin have expanded the farm from 100ha in 2008 to the current area, with 180ha being owned and tenants on the remainder
- Converted 130ha organic sheep farm to dairy.
- A herd of 700 cows split into two units.
- Eilir is always looking for new ways of business progression.
Qualifications/ achievements/ experience
- 1995 – 1997: ND Agri IBERS Aberystwyth
- 1998: Working New Zealand, Dairy and Sheep shearing
- 1999 – 2001: HND Gelli Aur
- 2000: Joined family partnership at Henbant
- 2010 - Present: Director of E Evans & Son Lt
- 2013: NFU WALES Stockperson of the year
- 2014 & 2016: Inspirational speaker for “Entrepreneurs in Dairying” held at Gelli Aur
TIPS FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS
"Don’t let external influences effect how you manage your business - manage what you can control."
"Have a positive outlook, a strong work ethic, open mindedness and treat problems as challenges to get the job done."
"Surround yourself, and get involved with positively minded individuals and benchmarking groups who can challenge you, and provide constructive criticism."
"Be honest and realistic."