LLŶN AND SNOWDONIA
Alan Armstrong is the Farming Connect development officer for Llŷn and Snowdonia. Alan, who farms at Llanrhaeadr, will temporarily take over from Mali Dafydd who is currently on maternity leave.
Brought up on his family’s lowland farm, this former maths teacher spends most of his spare time helping his father manage and develop the family farm. In recent years, influenced by his interest in sheep genetics and trialling more efficient rearing systems to improve profit levels, Alan persuaded his father to sell all the beef cattle in order to focus on their flock of around 250-300 continental cross ewes and finishing 300 store lambs, which currently sell at local markets.
Alan, an Aberystwyth University mathematics graduate, then studied teacher training at Bangor University, before taking up his first post as a secondary school maths teacher in nearby Llanrwst. Although he found teaching rewarding, Alan was keen to return to his true roots and work in an agricultural environment. He joined a large local veterinary practice which also had its own farm before moving on to take up the role of animal health adviser for a major agricultural supplies company.
“Having a head for figures means I’m always keen to encourage farmers to focus on profit as well as performance.
“Farming Connect can help businesses on both counts and I will be speaking from personal experience when it comes to promoting projects like business planning, nutrient management planning and grazing strategies, which are critical to the success of all farms.”
Alan is hoping you’ll get in touch if you feel he can help you with any challenges or issues. He leads four discussion groups, where the focus is on supporting beef and sheep farmers through sharing knowledge and experience.
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