Marc Bowen is the Farming Connect development officer for South Ceredigion, which covers the area north of Aberaeron including Llanrhystud, Llanon, Aberystwyth, Talybont, Bow Street and Tregaron.
Living at home on the family sheep farm in Llanfihangel ar Arth, Aberystwyth University graduate Marc spends any spare time on the farm where he is involved in all aspects of the business. The farm has a flock of 650 Welsh Mountain sheep and Texel crosses with most of the lambs and stores finished on-farm or sold at local markets. In recent years, the family has also diversified into renewable energy with the installation of three 100 kw biomass burners and solar panels.
A member of Pontsian YFC, Marc has a wide network of contacts in his area. He is keen to encourage farmers to tap into the Farming Connect services and projects which can help transform business efficiency and productivity in the most effective way, particularly as the industry faces the uncertainties of Brexit.
Marc also manages a number of topic-led discussion groups; three on sheep, one on beef sucklers and one on dairy and says that the value of sharing best practice pays dividends for all.
“I’ll be a regular visitor to Tregaron, Aberystwyth and other local marts and hope that farmers will contact me to find out how Farming Connect can help them and their farm or forestry business achieve its potential.”
“All Farming Connect services are either fully subsidised or funded by up to 80% and it makes sense for all businesses to tap into this support to ensure they are operating
as efficiently as they can across all areas and not missing any opportunities for new or more effective ways of working.”