John Davies: Having a tidy up around the farm and going on a spying mission

WE’VE been fencing and hanging gates and generally tidying up. It is good to have a few more swinging gates about the place.

We are still waiting to hear about Glastir, although some have had initial meetings. We went to the Wales NSA open day at a YFC friend’s farm – Dafydd and family, near Machynlleth. There was excellent hwyl, helped by the present sheep trade. The event has grown a lot since we hosted it in 2005 and it was excellent.

We then went to Stoneleigh for the Grassland event. It was a bit of a spying mission as next year, as part of Brecknock’s feature year, we host the Royal Welsh Grassland event here on June 8.

We mowed in Lampeter on May 19 and then at home on May 24. The crops were not heavy, but the quality should compensate.

I took some cattle to Brecon and was pleased with the overall average of just under £850, the heifers at 191p/kg and steers 184p/kg. We had some Charolais and Limousin there and the auctioneer advised keeping with the Charolais as their growth rate is better. So we’ve bought another Charolais bull to replace the one with an undercarriage problem.

Most of this year’s bulling heifers will be Welsh Black. They seem a little quieter and we’re putting them to a Welsh Black bull we’ve hired from a friend.

I always seem to draw the short straw. This year my daughter and a friend decided to dress me as Shrek in the dressing up competition

The spring barley is coming on well. All the winter sown crops look really well. We shore the ground sheep at home on May 31. It was a bit hectic as the boys were contract silaging after lunch. Yet again it’s turned into a real snatch and grab operation, with every opportunity needed to be taken.

Pentwyn has been busy with holidaymakers over the holidays. We even had some from Saudi Arabia.

Our YFC rally was held on Guddr Farm, Crickhowell, where there was a really good atmosphere. I always seem to draw the short straw. This year, my daughter and a friend decided to dress me as Shrek in the dressing up competition.

For the next year I’ll have to concentrate on my Royal Welsh responsibilities off-farm. Past presidents have left big shoes to fill. Dai Jones, Llanilar, helped us in Brecknockshire, compering a fantastic concert in Sennybridge. There was good hwyl and let’s hope we have some fun while supporting the best show on earth.

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