This webinar will look at farming in Wales following the EU implementation period and the implications of the deal that has been agreed. Dr Charles Trotman, Chief Economist at the CLA, will detail the trade and economic implications of leaving the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and what this is likely to mean for farming in Wales.
Also on the panel are two CLA Cymru members who operate hill farms producing sheep and cattle.
Morien Jones is a 6th generation hill farmer from Dolgellau who is in partnership with his parents. Together they farm around 999ha which rises to about 1400ft above sea level. The land is a mixture of about 600ha of heath and moorlands, different parcels of woodland mainly oak and native trees with some newly planted woodland. 15ha are pasture/ silage fields, 10% of which are classified as old hay meadow. The rest of the land is classified as rough pasture and habitats. The northern and north east river boundaries are classified as Sites of Special Scientific Interest for the protection of fresh water pearl muscles.
Morien says, “The future for the farm is more environmental agriculture, as I would classify it. I am definitely taking the environmental side seriously.”
Victoria Bond her partner and sister have a hill farm in the south east of the Brecon Beacons National Park. They run sheep and cattle and historically sold all their produce via livestock markets.
Continued market and Brexit uncertainty made them think about the long term viability of the farm. This led to them starting Penderyn Farm Foods selling directly to the public. Continued growth of direct sales gave them the confidence to extend their offering to supplying commercial outlets, not only with their lamb and beef, but other locally produced pork and turkey. Other farm based products are now also successfully being sold, especially wooden products.
Victoria commented, "This business model is generally a good outcome for us and gives us peace of mind when facing the challenges posed by Brexit, as we have built up a loyal clientele. COVID has also been a bonus for us, as people are re-connecting with their communities and local produce, and sales have increased."
We will also discuss what a future farming policy could look like after the Basic Payment Scheme and how farmers can adapt and prepare for this change.A Q&A session will follow where Fraser MCAuley, Senior Policy Adviser, CLA Cymru will join the panel.
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