As part of the Farming Connect mentorship program, Delyth Fôn Owen and Andrew Rees have recently joined an already extensive roster of mentors.
The program provides 15 hours of free guidance and advice on a wide range of topics for fellow farmers and foresters. Farming Connect is provided by Menter a Busnes and is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
Delyth is a passionate advocate for estate planning and communication within farm families, combining her skills as a qualified British Counseling and Psychotherapy Association counselor and estate planner.
“I feel I have the qualities to support farmers and their families, and would welcome the opportunity to support and guide farm families in succession planning,” he said. declared.
Andrew and his family operate 320 spring-calved British Friesian cattle, plus follower cattle and breeding bulls, on 400 acres, as well as 75 acres under a short-term silage arrangement.
Interested in soil health, Andrew focused on methods that protect the soil, increase soil biology, and reduce dependence on external inputs such as chemical fertilizers.
“I can see so many benefits in understanding and caring for your farm’s soil and the ripple effects in terms of productivity, animal health and profit, and would love to help and encourage others to be confident enough to make these changes on their own farms.
Since the program launched in 2015, it has secured an incredible 4,918 hours of free advice for farmers, helping 527 individuals and businesses.
Heledd Dancer, Head of Development and Mentoring at Farming Connect, said: “We are extremely pleased to be able to welcome Andrew and Delyth as members of the mentoring team. We now have 65 mentors from across Wales, offering advice on a wide range of topics.
“Andrew will offer advice on soil health and Delyth specializes in succession facilitation. Sometimes the best help comes from someone who has been through the factory themselves, and therefore more than happy to share their experiences.
To access the mentorship scheme, please contact Farming Connect on 08456 000 813 or on their website.