Livestock

With its outstanding welfare credentials, strong environmental track record and its value to our economy, Wales’ livestock sector is world-leading. Sheep, beef and dairy production are the most common systems but interest in poultry, pigs and alternative livestock systems is growing.


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Beef

Year on year, the Farm Business Survey shows a marked difference between the most and least efficient beef enterprises in Wales. 

Paying attention to every detail, from breed choice and health to feeding and fertility can make a big difference to the bottom line.

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Sheep

At more than 10 million sheep, Wales' national flock accounts for nearly a third of total sheep numbers in Britain. Genetic progress and flock health is driving economic performance on the best performing sheep farms. 

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Dairy

With systems ranging from extensive grazing to fully housed and from high yielding to low yielding, dairy farmers in Wales take multiple approaches to producing milk.
If done well, it is possible for each system to make money.

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Poultry

Thanks to advances in genetics, housing and nutrition, the production potential of the poultry industry has increased enormously over the last few decades. To achieve its potential, managing and improving your flock’s health and performance continuously is essential. 

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Pigs

Pig production is experiencing a resurgence in Wales but given price volatility and tight margins, all businesses must focus on being technically efficient, managing costs and exploiting opportunities.

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Alternative Livestock

As demand for venison grows, deer farming in Wales is providing an income stream for farmers. More goat dairy and meat businesses are also establishing. 

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| Technical Articles
Technological prospects for poultry layer productivity
6 July 2020   Dr David Cutress: IBERS, Aberystwyth University.   The poultry…
| Webinars
WEBINAR: Beef enterprise performance - 02/07/2020
Join Farming Connect and independent beef & sheep specialist, Liz Genever, to learn more about the…
| News
Stay safe…Wales Farm Safety Partnership issues a plea to all farming families this summer
2 July 2020   Most of us hear the words ‘stay safe’ on a daily basis these days. Since…
| Webinars
WEBINAR: Milking for all it’s worth: results from a Farming Connect project on improving milk quality - 02/07/2020
Tom Greenham, Advance Milking discusses a recent project done with Farming Connect. In 2019,…
| News
Chicory could hold key to higher lamb DLWG at Denbighshire sheep farm
26 June 2020   A Welsh lamb producer is aiming to capture an average daily liveweight gain …
| Webinars
WEBINAR: Llwyn Goronwy: Evaluating the benefits of milk recording in the spring calving herd - 25/06/2020
Sean Chubb from LLC discusses how we can make use of NMR’s Grazing 4 recording service to: …
Events
8 Jul 2020
WEBINAR: Demo farm live: Moelogan Fawr
Join us live from Moelogan Fawr, Llanrwst, one...
9 Jul 2020
WEBINAR: Maximising milk flow: myth-busting the milking process
Join Farming Connect and Tom Greenham, Advance...