Welsh dairy farmer Sam Pearson was a runner-up in our video competition to promote 24 Hours in Farming.
A 28-year-old father of two young girls and the son of a North Wales beef and sheep smallholder/tree surgeon, after graduating from Aberystwyth University, Sam spent five years in two quite different salaried dairy herd management roles.
However, in spring this year, he and wife Angharad started their own business Pearson Farming Ltd, moving to Conwy, North Wales, to take up an exciting share milking opportunity.
Llaeth Hendre is a joint venture, satellite dairy business run by established dairy farmers and business partners; Iwan Roberts and Gwydion Jones. They rent the farm from Robin Crossley which they converted from semi-intensive hill sheep production to low cost grass based dairy in 2014. The partners (who both run their own grass based dairy units) jointly own the herd of 460 friesian and Jersey cross cows which Sam and Angharad milk for them through a three-year-old 24:48 parlour situated in the centre of the milking platform.
Sam says: "As share milkers our business has a contract to supply Llaeth Hendre with all the labour required to implement the system, in return for a percentage or ‘share’ of the milk cheque. We are incentivised and encouraged to run the farm as if it is our own which is an invaluable benefit for us as a young family. We are using the opportunity to equip ourselves for grass based dairying and to build skills and capital in order to progress and grow our business so as to be able to pursue further opportunities."
Watch Sam’s video entry here