Meilir Jarrett, 25, Tenant Farmer, Yr Ysgwrn, Trawsfynydd
I've held the tenancy on Yr Ysgwrn farm since November 2012,which was also home to the poet Hedd Wyn.Itis a mountain farm which comprises of 170 acres of agricultural land much of it rough grazing, common grazing rights on the adjoining Llechwedd Gain, outbuildings, along with hefted livestock including 200 Welsh ewes and five Welsh Black suckler cows crossed with a Limousin bull.
I am delighted that Snowdonia National Park Authority gave me the opportunity to start farming. I’m lucky to be able to work within my square mile, but also in such a well-known and important property in terms of Welsh history and culture.
I’m now over 18 months into my tenancy and my main aim is to re-introduce traditional techniques of managing the farm, with a modern inclination to sustainably increase the unit’s productivity. My aim is to put in place a livestock improvement programme to meet today’s market requirements using breeds that are suitable for the farm in this high rainfall area. The traditional boundaries and conservation features will be maintained and improved over time through the Glastir Entry Level Scheme and I am currently looking at my options for entering the Glastir Advanced Level next year.
My advice to young farmers would be don’t be daunted and put off entering the industry, there is help and support available for young people wanting to start off in farming and I’d encourage anyone to make the most of the help that is on offer. Go for it!