Trystan Sion is the Farming Connect development officer for Anglesey.
Trystan grew up on a 365 acre hill farm in Capel Garmon near Betws y Coed, which his family have farmed for five generations. They breed a small number of pedigree Texels, have a flock of 700 pedigree Welsh mountain ewes and a herd of 40 cross Welsh Black suckler cows sold as store cattle.
After graduating from Aberystwyth University in business and agriculture, Trystan set off on a back-packing tour of Australia where he enjoyed seeing different farming systems before returning to work on the family farm.
Alongside his role with Farming Connect and helping out at home, he’s also a member of a North Wales farmers’ co-operative which provides top quality PGI Welsh lamb for a new range of ready meals.
He believes that thanks to his farming background, personal experience of adding value to Welsh produce and knowledge of the local area, he is well placed to persuade farmers and foresters to take advantage of the support services provided by Farming Connect.
“I’ll be hoping to persuade farmers that it makes sound commercial sense to make full use of all the services Farming Connect can provide, ranging from keeping up to date with best practice throughout our demonstration network, to taking advantage of the lifelong learning and mentoring programme which can do so much to help you ensure your business is performing at its best.”
Trystan also manages sector-specific discussion groups on sheep and beef finishing. He says that in addition to animal health and husbandry topics, nutrient planning is often on the agenda.
“Everything stems from good soil and once you address that, your grass quality improves, your stock benefit and the whole business becomes more profitable.”
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