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ahead. “I would urge the industry to take

every opportunity to explain the critical importance of dairy and livestock farming to the Welsh economy.” Those present agreed that the

devolved regions of the UK should work together to develop a mechanism to prevent distortion between agricultural producers in different regions, thus allowing the Welsh Government to fine-tune policies in order to cater for Wales’ specific needs. Mr Owen added: “The latest

financial figures show that without direct support via Pillar 1, most businesses would not survive, meaning the loss of a multi-billion pound multiplier effect that brings vast benefits to Wales’ economy. “Wales needs to take a strong

position on maintaining the budget, just as it did during the negotiations over the CAP budget - or risk a net fall in our overall funding allocation, with dire knock-on effects for our entire economy.”

Inspecting the new milking parlour: From left, Caernarfon county chairman Tudur Parry, Owain Roberts, Liz Saville Roberts, Rhydian Owen, Caernarfon County Executive Officer Gwynedd Watkin and Dafydd Owen


MP Liz Saville Roberts was reminded by Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) members - during a farm visit hosted by Chairman of the FUW’s Milk and Dairy Produce Committee, Rhydian Owen - that the contribution made by lowland farms to the rural economy is vital. The visit was held last Friday

(Jan 20) at Trewen, Botwnnog, near Pwllheli at a business run by Mr Owen and his parents, Dafydd and Enid Owen.

Speaking about the local economy,

Mr Owen explained that businesses like theirs annually contribute millions of pounds to the rural economy. Over the last three years, Trewen farm itself has contributed over £150,000, while

similar figures had been spent locally by others present. “If these lowland farms are

forgotten during Brexit talks, the economic impact would be catastrophic, resulting in further de- population of rural communities,” said Mr Owen. Local business representatives

also showed their support for the industry, emphasising the numbers not directly involved in farming but who nevertheless depend on the industry. “Many rural businesses rely on

the agricultural industry for income, including agricultural suppliers, contractors, mechanics and retailers. “Under the current financial

climate, the future of such businesses would be jeopardised if support was

not continued in both the uplands and lowlands of Wales,” said Mr Owen. The FUW stressed that politicians

on a local, Assembly and Westminster level need to be aware of the complexity of agricultural supply chains and the wide network of businesses which depends on the farming industry. Liz Saville Roberts voiced her

support, stating: “It’s imperative that the Welsh Government are given the responsibility of delivering appropriate support to the industry in order to address local needs that are very different to those across the border. “There is no certainty as to what

will happen to agricultural funding after 2020, and three years is a very short time for farmers and those who rely on the industry who need to plan

Following the visit to Trewen, two

newly formed businesses were visited, both being diversification ventures on dairy farms on the Llŷn Peninsula. Glasu is a business established by

FUW members Dylan and Annwen Jones of Bryn Rhydd, Edern, Pwllheli, who run a 300 acre dairy farm, milking over 200 cows. Dylan and Annwen decided to diversify in 2014 into making ice cream from milk produced on the farm to supply local shops and eateries. In March 2016, they took on the lease of a premises on the Maes in Pwllheli and have established a successful ice cream cafe. Dylan and Annwen’s daughter,

Elliw, and her husband are in charge of the shop whilst the parents concentrate on making the ice cream on the farm in Edern. They now employ two people full-time and have up to an extra six part-time staff over the peak tourist season. Things are going well and the family are planning on extending the business in the very near future. The last visit was to Pwllheli’s

Glan Don Industrial Estate, where Llaethdy Llŷn have occupied one of the units since last August. Llaethdy Llŷn is owned by Sion and Nia Jones of Madryn Isaf, Boduan,


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Politicians reminded of lowlands’ contributions

Pwllheli. Sion and Nia run a 100 acre dairy farm in Boduan, milking over 80 cows. They diversified into processing the milk produced by their dairy herd at Madryn Isa last August after realising the possibilities of adding value to their milk and ensuring the stability of their business and the future of their three children, Ela, Tomos and Anna. After months of market research

and experimenting, they managed to secure the premises at Glan Don to process liquid milk and produce cream. The business is already employing two full time and two part time members of staff. Local retailers all over the Llŷn peninsula and as far away as Brynsiencyn on Anglesey have been very supportive, with additional customers being attracted every week. Both businesses appreciated the

input by consultants from Cywain and also the assistance given at the Food Technology Centre in Pencraig, Llangefni. Cywain consultants gave valuable input into designing labels and ensuring that all the legal aspects of the marketing were addressed, whilst different products were developed at the Food Technology Centre. Without the input of both establishments, neither business would have been established. Caernarfonshire


Chairman Tudur Parry congratulated both businesses for having ventured and invested in equipment and for having the courage to do so. Mr Parry said: “Too many of us here in Wales are scared of having a go and of failing. Here are two prime examples of why you shouldn’t be scared at all.” Dylan Jones said: “I’d rather

have tried and failed rather than regret not having tried at all, and I advise all to think and take advantage of every opportunity there is.” Sion Jones added: “There is

assistance out there; use it, then at least you know where you stand and can assess properly if it’s worth going for it.”

Council Tax Reduction Scheme set IN A FULL COUNCIL meeting

The majority of the cost of CTR

on Wednesday (Jan 25), members approved this year’s Council Tax Reduction Scheme, aimed at helping those on low incomes who may need additional support. Every year, Welsh councils have a

duty to annually review and put in place their CTR for the coming financial year in accordance with the Council Tax Reduction Schemes and Prescribed Requirements (Wales) Regulations 2013. Members decided, as in previous

years, to continue to apply a 100% disregard beyond the statutory £10 disregard for War Disablement Pensions, War Widows’ Pensions and War Widowers’ Pensions, for both pensioners and working age claimants.

will be met by a Welsh Government contribution of £4.7m. The council will cover the rest of the cost – totalling £320,000 – which has already been budgeted for in 2017/18. Cllr Dafydd Edwards, Cabinet

Member for Financial Services, said: “Each year, the council is required to adopt a local scheme to help those who most need extra support to pay their Council Tax. I would urge anyone who may meet the criteria to contact the council to know more.” You can calculate what you may be

entitled to by using the online entitlement calculator, and also apply for this scheme, on the Benefits section of the council’s website -

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