Carwyn James

Carwyn James

Crymych, Pembrokeshire

Beef & sheep

BEEF, PEMBROKESHIRE: Carwyn farms 300 acres (121 hectares) on the edge of Pembrokeshire National Park in partnership with his younger brother Aled. They have 100 Hereford suckler (beef) cows. The calves are sold as stores through a local livestock market, to be fattened or ‘finished’ on other farms.

Until recently they had 300 Suffolk-cross-Texel breeding ewes but sold them due to concerns about the profitability of the sheep market following Brexit.

At just 26 and 23-years-old, Carwyn and Aled inherited the family farm at an unusually young age. Their father, Gwynfor, died when Carwyn was a toddler and their mother, Anne, passed away in 2017 following a long illness.

It has been a difficult time but at least the brothers were well prepared for the responsibility. Carwyn started farming as a young boy, feeding the cattle before and after school, and chose to hone his skills on the family farm instead of going to university or agricultural college. He describes farming as “a way of life which is unique to any other”.

Carwyn is deeply concerned about Brexit and the impacts of a no deal. To try and protect the farm, he decided to sell almost all of his sheep and focus on cattle instead. Time will tell if that was a wise decision or not. He is also worried about losing the Basic Payment (the direct subsidy paid to farmers under the Common Agricultural Policy) which often means the difference between profit and loss on the family farm.

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Carwyn is very involved with his local Young Farmers club and is never afraid to stand up and speak in front of a crowd. He’s won several public speaking competitions. A true Welshman, he’s a big rugby fan too.