Delyth Mair Jones

South Ceredigion

Tregaron-born farmers’ daughter appointed temporary development officer for South Ceredigion

Delyth Mair Jones has been appointed as development officer for South Ceredigion.  Delyth has taken over the role temporarily from Rhiannon Davies, who is currently acting as a regional manager for Farming Connect. 

Brought up on the family dairy, beef and sheep farm in Tregaron, Delyth studied agriculture at Coleg Sir Gar. After undertaking a number of farm worker and contracting jobs, she then took up a role at Aberystwyth University’s dairy farm before returning to the Gelli Aur campus at Coleg Sir Gar, where she combined the role of head shepherd with studying part time for her HND.    

A keen member of her local Tregaron YFC, before becoming a busy partner, mum to two and juggling family and work, Delyth won numerous stock judging competitions; was a keen hockey player and sang with a local choir. Her passion for Welsh agriculture was evident from an early age ‘it’s the only job I ever wanted to do’ and she is looking forward to working with local businesses to signpost them to Farming Connect services and help them develop and reach peak performance levels across all areas of working.

“I’ve seen for myself just how much support my own family have had from Farming Connect and this has given me a very good insight into the benefits of tapping into all the guidance, training and support services that are available. 

“Although life suddenly looked very different due to the Covid-19 restrictions, Farming Connect is able to deliver an expanding range of services and training either online or over the phone until ‘normal’ services can resume, so I urge farmers and foresters in my area to contact me. 

Delyth facilitates three discussion groups in her area for beef, sheep and dairy, with Farming Connect able to support all the businesses involved with data collection and benchmarking. Although the members look forward to the time that they can all get together in person again, each group has embraced the digital technology that enables them to meet up ‘remotely’, exchanging views and experiences and sharing best practice.