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Rachel Lewis-Davies: Well done Trecastle YFC, and new CAP arrangements hit home

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It is a good job I am writing and not doing a radio broadcast this month as I have lost my voice rooting for Trecastle junior tug-of-war team at the Tembury Show.

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We are so proud of our boys and girl who have had a tremendous season, culminating with a very respectable third place at National. Our well coached youngsters have pulled their hearts out – well done Trecastle.

 

Back to earth, and the recent Welsh Government correspondence on the Basic Payment Scheme has hit home with significant proportions of both hills lying above the 400m (1,310ft) line. We clearly have no grounds to appeal this classification, but with Moorland attracting £20/hectare (£8/acre) and the immediate blow of the 15 per cent Pillar transfer, Bobby says the uplands will be closed for business if they are not careful.

 

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We have sent off for the Glastir Agri-Environment application pack and we look forward to the Sustainable Production Grant Scheme next year, which should be perfect for a farm like Yscoedreddfyn – just crying out for investment. Bobby is somewhat sceptical about what it will actually deliver though.

 

Last time we had grants in Wales we were new at the Drostre, and by the time we had gone through the rigmarole of getting a consultant and preparing a business plan (which was rather frustrating as we already had our own business plan), the scheme had run out of money. Let’s hope they do a better job this time.

 

At home, with shearing finished we have turned our attention to silaging. The weather has been good but grass growth has slowed and we were badly in need of the recent rain. Lamb sales continue and are on target for the time of year, with about 300 sold to date, more through necessity than choice with the recent slump in trade.

 

With the kids off for the summer holidays, it ia starting to feel like we have ‘bred a workforce’ which is good news as there is plenty to do finishing the harvest, weaning the lambs, topping and so on. Ever the optimist, I am starting to think we may even get on top of the work and I may have a full wood shed and newly laid lawn by the end of the summer.

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