Hannah Wright is the Farming Connect development officer for the South Wales region, which includes Gower, the south east valleys and the Vale of Glamorgan.
Despite having an arts degree, Hannah has always had her sights firmly set on a career in farming, so after graduating, she decided to visit New Zealand where she learnt about business management at a large-scale dairy farm, followed by a stint in Scotland where she worked with a sheep enterprise.
Currently in the final year of a second degree, this time studying agriculture at Coleg Sir Gar, Hannah combines academic studies with her Farming Connect role. She says that the college’s focus on benchmarking has convinced her of the need to persuade farmers in her area to make use of this valuable comparison tool and she says that many are already reporting improved on-farm efficiencies and better performance levels.
Hannah keeps up her practical skills by also farming part-time alongside her grandparents at their small beef and sheep holding in north Gower, which she has plans to develop as soon as time permits.
“Although my geographic operational area is large, and tends these days to focus mainly on beef and sheep farming, this is also an area which attracts a lot of tourism enterprises so I come across a diverse range of requirements.
“My role is to signpost farmers to the wide range of services and knowledge transfer events Farming Connect provides, including not only the extensive business and technical planning guidance available through the Advisory Service, but also the many training and mentoring projects available.
“Tapping into the services you need, and most are either fully-funded or heavily subsidised, can help your business become more profitable, resilient and sustainable in this economically challenging climate.”
Hannah also manages four topic-led discussion groups for sheep and beef farmers in her area, working closely with local vets and business advisers to improve performance and outcomes for group members.
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