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Young farmer focus: Nia Griffiths - 'Social media can showcase standards'

Nia Griffiths, 29, is from Aberdeenshire and works on her partner’s livestock farm situated near Ballater in Royal Deeside. 

Move

 

Over a year ago I made the decision to leave my family, friends and home in lovely west Wales and move north to Aberdeenshire to live with and work with my partner, who I met at the Royal Welsh Show.

 

Prior to my big move, I worked full time at home with my parents where they run 450 sheep and 200 head of pedigree Limousin cattle under the Mynach prefix.

 

My partner works full time as an auctioneer for United Auctions as well as running his family farm situated near Ballater in Royal Deeside, where I now work full time.

 

We run a commercial herd of 70 Simmental, Limousin and British Blue cross cows, along with a small flock of 100 commercial ewes on the tenanted farm.

 

Five miles north, on the owned farm, we hope to keep high health pedigree Limousins and pure Texel sheep.

 

Pedigree

 

Back in 2015, I established a pedigree Texel flock and moved the 53 ewes, gimmers and a handful of tups north with me.

 

I also was fortunate enough to take 25 pedigree Limousin females from my family’s Mynach herd to help establish our new herd, “Loanhead Limousins” up in Scotland.

 

Our aim is to increase numbers and sell pedigree bulls and tups in the future.


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Illness

 

The same year (2015) I had a major setback with my health and was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis.

 

With many hospital trips, and stays, I became so unwell that the last resort was to have a permanent stoma bag.

 

I felt like I lost three years of my life because of this debilitating disease but, eight weeks after my operation I was back on my feet and feeling better than ever.

 

Agriculture and the farming community kept me going - being able to go out on the farm and socialise with friends at shows and events certainly helped my recovery.

 

Education

 

My opinion on agriculture in this day and age is that we need to keep educating the public.

 

It is great to see so many Instagram, Facebook and TikTok showing their day to day life on the farm and it provides the opportunity to showcase the high standard of farming that we as a British farmer have to practice.

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