Love Lamb Week: Meet Bleddyn Davies
Having completed a degree in Agriculture at Aberystwyth University in 2015, there was never any doubt that Bleddyn wouldn’t be following the family farming tradition. Working alongside his parents, he manages 200 Beulah Speckled Faced, 250 improved Tregaron-type Welsh and 350 cross-bred ewes and is constantly looking at new ways to increase his flock through better grassland management and developing new skills.
Earlier this year he was given the prestigious honour of becoming a National Sheep Association Next Generation Ambassador. This accolade is given to innovative, enthusiastic and professional young farmers who are dedicated to improving the industry and are committed to sharing their experiences of life as a farmer with those outside the industry.
As an active YFC member, and having held all the main seats at his local Caerwedros Club, Bleddyn was inspired to try different approaches to the family farm during a YFC Exchange Visit to Illinois in the United States, where he saw first-hand the inner workings of a fully integrated farm business.
Following the visit Bleddyn decided he wanted to apply a similar business model to the one he experienced in the United States, by nurturing a direct relationship with his consumers and allowing people to better understand farming – and ultimately – have full confidence in the provenance of their food.
Speaking of Love Lamb Week and his passion for helping build a sustainable Welsh farming industry into the future, Bleddyn said:
“I was delighted to be asked to be a part of the Love Lamb Week celebrations and help raise people’s awareness of the many nutritional benefits and versatility of Welsh Lamb. People need to be aware that it is now currently in season and there really isn’t a better time to find out what makes it taste so special.
“While some may be aware of the centuries of tradition and accumulated knowledge it’s taken to create the meat we know and love, it really is down to young farmers like myself to keep innovating and developing an industry that will continue for centuries to come.
“We have some of the best lamb rearing conditions in the world and it’s down to us to engage as much as possible with the public and show them where their meat comes from, and how it’s produced in a sustainable way. Along with its amazing taste, Welsh Lamb does indeed have a fantastic story to tell and is the lifeblood of our rural communities and helps maintain our beautiful environment.”