Osian Hughes


Osian Hughes is the Farming Connect development officer for Llŷn and Eryri, temporarily covering the role of Mali Dafydd, who is on maternity leave. 

Osian, who has a BSc in Agriculture from Aberystwyth University, lives at home on the family dairy and sheep farm at Eglwysbach in the Conwy Valley, where his family keep a herd of grass-fed Holstein Friesian cows, milked twice a day on a year-round calving system.  

After graduating, he spent a full season in South Island, New Zealand, where he worked on a 9,800 hectare dairy, beef, sheep and arable ‘station’.

“It was an eye-opening experience, and fascinating to be involved with farming on such a massive scale, and I soon learned the importance of team-working and good communications between the 20 or so farm workers and managers responsible for the smooth running of every aspect of the business.” 

After a second overseas stint at a dairy farm in Ireland, Osian returned to Wales to live and help out at home, as well as taking on a number of land-based jobs in his locality.  

Osian has previously undertaken various Farming Connect training courses that he puts into practice on the home farm, which he says ‘saves us time and money’. He is also a keen advocate of Storfa Sgiliau, the programme’s online data storage tool, which records all academic, professional and other achievements.  

“With all Farming Connect activities recorded on your behalf, it makes sense to utilise this free facility, which enables you to identify your strengths, as well as any gaps in your skills to help you plan continuous professional development.” 

Osian is looking forward to networking in the Llŷn and Eryri areas, and to persuading the farmers he meets to tap into the wide range of business and technical support, mentoring,  training and e-learning available through Farming Connect. 

“It’s a challenging time for our industry, and not many countries offer the comprehensive range of fully-funded and subsidised support services available through Farming Connect, and those who make use of the programme are putting their businesses at a great advantage.”

Osian also manages a number of topic-led discussion groups on beef and sheep. Look out for him at Bryncir livestock market, or give him a call.