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Young Farmer Focus: Owain Roberts, Shropshire

Owain Roberts takes great pride when selling lambs each spring
Owain Roberts takes great pride when selling lambs each spring

New job: It has been a busy week for me in Shropshire as I am just one month into my new job.

 

After four years studying agri-business at Harper Adams University, I returned back to my roots and joined my father’s grain and agricultural commodity business, G.O. Davies, which has been trading in Shropshire for 54 years.

 

I am busy learning, networking and meeting lots of our customers as I fulfill the position of farm trader and trainee agronomist. I can say after one month, I am beaming a smile with how well it is going.

 

Farming: My usual farming week starts about 5.30am on Monday when I check my small flock of 50 Texel and Suffolk mules.

 

I have always loved livestock and I like to help out on a neighbouring dairy farm at any opportunity while being extremely passionate about my own flock of sheep.

 

Dropping lambs off at Welshpool Livestock Market in spring is one of my favourite jobs and a moment of real pride as you see all your hard work before you in reared stock, ready for market.

 

After the Monday morning rounds, I start the day job.

 

Grain: As I head into the office, it is time to put my grain hat on.

 

Thankfully, the early wheat yields are looking encouraging this year and bushel weights are promising after an early panic, caused by the barley looking a bit thin and low on yield.

 

It seems a bit cruel the barley yields were poor this year after being so promising last year.

 

But as they say, if every year was the same it would make life boring.

 

Call me an optimist, but I think the prices might be clawing their way back up and we might have avoided the perfect storm of low yield and low prices.

 

After a quick check of emails and a team debrief, I set off on my rounds across the county, collecting and testing grain samples.

 

Young Farmers: After a hard day’s work there is nothing I enjoy more than socialising with my local Young Farmers Club, Alberbury YFC.

 

A few months ago we had the slightly mad idea of running 76 miles in relays to the top of Snowdon from our local village hall – with the added challenge of trying to hit the top within 12 hours of starting.

 

So, at the moment my evenings are packed with rigorous training for this challenge – one we are extremely excited for, but perhaps a little apprehensive about too.

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