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Young Farmer Focus: Gwion Rhys Williams – ‘It is so important as the next generation to push forward despite the trepidation’

Gwion Rhys Williams, 23, is a fifth generation farmer from Trawsfynydd, Wales, and is chairman of Prysor and Eden Young Farmers’ Club.

Growing up

 

I farm full-time on the home farm, ‘Hendre’, with my family. My grandad, Edward Williams, had expanded since the late 1960s after starting with two cows and 300 ewes. We currently keep 80 Welsh Black cows and 800 Welsh Mountain ewes on 320 hectares of hill land.

 

Diversification

 

In the spring of last year we were also given the opportunity to purchase a 170ha local hill farm with traditional farmhouse and outbuildings that were in need of repair and a 1960s prefab bungalow.

 

Although ‘Brexit’ was looming I was positive and excited by the opportunity.

 

We were keen to purchase the new farm as my father, Rhys, saw an opportunity to convert the outbuildings and renovate the bungalow, so we as a business are not so dependent on agriculture alone.

 

The new farm ‘Tyddyn Mawr’ is situated less than half a mile from the popular mountain cycling park Coed y Brenin and attracts thousands of visitors every year, so the idea of setting a holiday let business should work well – we have also invested in a Hydro generator turbine on the farm.

 

Work also started on the bungalow at the end of May, and we are in the final stages and almost ready for our first visitors.

 

In the future, we hope to keep a herd of Welsh Black cattle on the farm.


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Positive

 

I feel very positive about our new projects, although I see myself more of a stockman – I train my own sheepdogs and trial them in local sheepdog trials.

 

YFC

 

I am chairman of our local YFC club Prysor ac Eden and I am very lucky with the YFC stockjudging competitions, and I have represented my county numerous times nationally.

 

I feel it is so important for us as the next generation to drive and push forward, despite the trepidation, and numerous hurdles set in our way.

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