First West Wales Strategic Dairy Farm Announced

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Tyddyn yr Eglwys Farm in Pembrokeshire has been named as the first AHDB strategic dairy farm for West Wales.

Managed by Hannah and Dylan Harries, the spring block calving herd consists of 550 Friesian x Jerseys with 130 home reared heifers calved at 21 months of age annually.

Tyddyn yr Eglwys will host a launch event on 6th August 2019 where they will give an overview of the farm, including a tour, as well as sharing their current technical and financial performance and their plans for the future.

Hannah commented: “We are aiming to optimise the businesses performance and become as efficient as possible. We are always open to suggestions from anybody about how we can best achieve this, whether that be through the support provided by the AHDB strategic farm process or by trying visiting farmers ideas. We look forward to rising to the challenge of being an AHDB Dairy strategic farm.”

Over the next three years Dylan and Hannah aim to further reduce their cost of production, maximise the benefits of recent infrastructure investments and improve their overall profitability.

Tyddyn yr Eglwys Farm is the second strategic dairy farm in Wales as part of the Dairy Improvement Programme, which is funded through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.

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Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Minister, Lesley Griffiths, said: “As AHDB’s Strategic Farms initiative spreads further across Wales it will continue to provide local touch points for Welsh dairy farmers to learn from each other and showcase best practice. This will help our dairy farmers to become more efficient, improve profitability and reduce their costs in key areas.  I am therefore delighted Tyddyn yr Eglwys Farm in Pembrokeshire has become the second Strategic Farm in Wales and the first in South West Wales.”

Gwyn Jones, Chairman of AHDB’s Dairy Sector Chairman added: “It’s exciting to see momentum growing with another Strategic Dairy Farm linking up with Farming Connect activities in South West Wales which further enables farmer to farmer learning.”

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