Harper Adams University graduate Natalie Chappelle is the Farming Connect development officer for Radnorshire.
Natalie grew up on a Breconshire farm which had been in her family for three generations and where she still helps out with the flock of mainly Texel cross sheep and a small number of beef store cattle bred using continental genetics.
Today, young mum Natalie and her husband farm 100 acres near Glasbury where they are building up a flock of pedigree Berrichon ‘hardy, easy lambing, easy care’ sheep which they hope to use in a composite breeding programme and show this summer.
“I want to encourage farmers and foresters in my area to make use of the wide range of Farming Connect services, events and training available to them.
“There is so much they can tap into ranging from soil sampling to ‘Measure to Manage’, Farming Connects benchmarking programme, all designed to help them achieve their potential as successful and resilient businesses,” said Natalie.
“I’ll also be working with a number of topic-led discussion groups, which provide a perfect forum for farmers to explore new ideas and meet other farmers,” said Natalie.