Llandrindod Wells, Powys
Born and raised on a beef and sheep farm in Mid-Wales, Anwen Hardwick recently completed her GCSE’s and wishes to return to complete her A Levels. With a particular interest in genetics, inspired by her work with the family’s flock of pedigree Texel’s, Anwen aspires to attend university to study agriculture and animal science.
When she isn’t studying or busy fulfilling her duties on the family farm, which most recently includes rearing Friesian cross British Blue heifer calves to amalgamate into the suckler herd, Anwen recognises the Young Farmers Clubs (YFC) as a big part of her life. Happy to make the most of every opportunity thrown her way, Anwen’s firm favourite YFC activities include stock judging, flower arranging and the entertainment competition. Her commitment to these skills has even afforded her the opportunity to represent her county Radnor on a national level.
Looking ahead to the future, Anwen considers her upbringing on a farm with its exposure to the possible challenges it raises as the perfect prerequisite to pursuing a career supporting and advising farmers to help overcome hurdles. She envisages doing this by introducing new technologies and discovering better practises that help drive business forward.
“I feel that the most significant hurdle for the agricultural sector to overcome in the coming years will be improving its sustainability by lowering carbon emissions ad improving yields and utilisation of farmland. Being part of the Agri Academy, I hope to meet people and make connections within the industry which will expand my understanding of these issues and meet professionals to gain knowledge of the latest developments and technologies that can help overcome these challenges.”