Welsh Farmers Panel
The evening will be chaired by Mansel Raymond, he farms 3400 acres with his twin brother Meurig, in Pembrokeshire, South Wales. The family run two dairy herds totalling 620 milkers plus youngstock, and rear beef cattle as well as having a substantial arable enterprise.
Mansel spent six years (2010-2016) as president of Copa/Cogeca where his responsibilities included lobbying on behalf of European dairy farmers and fulfilling speaking arrangements across Europe.
This event will allow our farmers and our industry influencers the opportunity to share & discuss our latest innovative technologies and how they can support the reduction of emissions by taking into consideration the new Wales carbon budget paper. How are we working towards the major goal of Net Zero and the issues farmers are facing with labour shortages.
The farmers panel will begin with presentations from our leading experts and we will then open this up to the floor where we can discuss the topics in detail. The evening will also allow our guests the opportunity to network, share ideas and best practices.
The growing pressure farmers are under to reduce their carbon footprints - In the shadows of COP26, and new announcements from the Welsh Government, what does this really mean?
The growing issue of labour shortages within the farming sector - Robotics have a major role to play and south west Wales is leading the way in investing and installing equipment that will make routine tasks easier and more productive.
Iwan Price from CARA who will be talking about all things environmental. What farmers need to start doing to be net zero by 2040, what the latest Welsh Government plans are, and what this is going to mean for dairying in the future.
Glyn Jones well-known SWales farmer who together with his wife Eira runs a 430 acre organic farm, and until recently was running the Princes Gate spring water business which he owned and managed with his brother. He employs an excellent team of farm staff, and says having the quality of the team he has today enables him to oversee the management of his dairy herd from his computer. The 200-head herd averages 6700 litres/cow and his milk is supplied into the OMSCO premium pool for export to the US. Glyn believes all businesses should strive for excellence and always aim to be better - quality of staff and products are key to the long-term success of any business.
- Adrian Windsor Introducing robotic milking on his 240-acre unit has given Adrian Windsor the chance to improve his grassland management… improving both the quality of his grass, his silage, and the cost-efficiency of his British Friesian cows. Farming a mixture of owned and rented land at Forest Farm, Whitland in Carmarthenshire, he was spending up to eight hours a day in the parlour milking, and says he had no time for managing grass growth or grazing. Now he’s invested in robotic technology he feels he’s gone ‘up to the next stage’ and can see a 100% improvement in what he’s doing.
- Andrew Purnell - Originating from South Wales, having achieved a degree in Agriculture from Harper Adams University he spent many years working for leading agricultural supply chain. He then progressed to an Area Sales Manager for leading global agricultural machinery company where he spent 9 years working closely with dealers to achieve targets. Andrew joined Lely Atlantic in March 2021 as Distribution Channel Development Manager he is responsible for holding bi-monthly Lely Center meetings to review and improve Lely Center performance across all functions.
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