Myfanwy Lloyd Evans
Dolgellau, Snowdonia National Park
Beef & sheep
BEEF & SHEEP, NORTH WALES: Myfanwy farms with her husband John on a 700 acre (283 hectare) hill farm in the Snowdonia National Park, at the foot of two towering peaks - Aran Benllyn and Aran Fawddwy. The farm has been in John’s family since 1777.
They have a herd of 22 Limousin beef cattle and 450 breeding Welsh mountain ewes. They use Aberfield and Blue Faced Leicester rams to produce fat lambs that grow well, even in harsh mountain conditions.
Myfanwy also has a flock of free-range laying hens, producing eggs for the family and guests staying in the three holiday cottages on the farm.
Myfanwy has a talent for diversification. She set up a caravan park and also runs a cookery school in a converted barn called Cookaway Cottage (Bwthyn Bwyd). It was initially aimed at schoolchildren but is now popular with adults looking to improve their cookery skills. Myfanwy runs workshops in bread and pastry making, baking, preserving and marmalade making, as well as felting, weaving and wool crafting courses.
These projects started small but, today, agri-tourism and farm education provide vital income for the farm.
Myfanwy gave up a career in teaching to work on the farm and raise their three children. She is a dairy farmer’s daughter and feels a deep connection to agriculture. She says: “Despite the ups and downs, farming runs in my veins. Animal care and animal welfare have always been my passion. It’s not a job or work at all – it’s in me.”
Member of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and North Wales Women’s Farming Group.
Previous media experience
Interviewed on Ffermio (S4C - Welsh language rural affairs TV programme).
Featured in the Farmers Guardian and Daily Post newspaper talking about the cookery school.