Gareth Jones - Chairman of the Welsh Regional Advisors
Gareth was born in Caernarfen, North Wales and gained a HND in Agriculture from Aberystwyth in 1982. He then managed farms in mid Wales and Hereford before spending two years as Beef Specialist with the Meat and Livestock Commission. Gareth is currently the Farm Manager at Rhug, a large organic estate in North Wales which has developed its own retail business over the past ten years. Gareth is a Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) Scholar and past chairman of HCC Scholar’s Association as well as a current member of CARAS Wales Panel. Gareth is the current chairman of BroGeyndwr Male Voice Choir and is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies (FRAgS).
Oli was bought up on a farm of 2000 ewes and graduated from Liverpool Vet School in 1999 before going to work in a mixed vet practice in the heart of mid Wales. Oli then returned to Liverpool University as a resident in large animals and ran the Farm Animal Practice for 3 years. In 2007 Oli returned to mid Wales and joined Terfaldoyn Vets in Montgomery as a partner, working predominately as a large animal vet. Oli holds the sheep health and production certificate and runs a small flock of Balwen sheep at home.
Kate has worked in agriculture all her life having been brought up on a mixed farm in Lancashire. She has a degree in Agricultural Science from Leeds University and a Masters degree in Animal Nutrition from Cambridge University. She has worked for ADAS for 27 years as a livestock consultant specialising in ruminant husbandry, health and welfare. Kate is married with three children and lives in Shropshire with a small flock of pedigree Lleyn ewes.
A qualified R-SQP Sally works as an animal health industry consultant and trainer working with manufacturers, vets and retailers supporting product marketing, industry projects and AMTRA training. She also does some locum SQP cover for local retailers and still involved with animal health product treatment planning on a number of farms. Sally has worked in the Animal Health industry for nearly 25 years in different roles both on the manufacturer and retail side of the animal health business. In addition, she writes articles on a regular basis promoting good practice both for livestock keepers and other SQP’s. Sally comes from a farming background and still helps out on the family beef and sheep farm near Llanybydder when time allows.
Catherine was bought up on an upland sheep farm near Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire and went on to study Animal Science in Aberystwyth University followed by completing a PhD in ‘Breeding sheep for resistance to roundworms’ in 2004. Catherine now works as an Independent Sheep Consultant working in all areas of sheep production and currents sits on National Sheep Association (NSA) Policy and technical committee. In 2011 Catherine was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship looking at ways of reducing methane emissions from sheep production through increasing efficiencies of production and travelled to Ireland, New Zealand and Australia. Catherine also runs an 800 crossbred ewe flock on the family farm.
Deborah was born in Newport, South Wales and brought up on a smallholding in Monmouthshire with pedigree suffolks and beef cattle. Having worked with cattle and sheep for most of her life, she qualified as an animal health advisor (SQP) specialising on sheep and horses and now works closely with farmers, smallholders, equine and pet owners. Deborah married into a farming family with a herd of suckler cows and she also keeps chickens, ducks, guinea fowl and horses. Her interests include training and working springer spaniels, shooting, horseriding and helping out on the farm. Deborah also sits on the committee of Usk Farmers Club.
John and his wife Sarah farm Beulah sheep and pedigree, and cross bred, Limousin cows on their hill and upland holding in mid-Wales. John is currently a board member of HCC and has an interest in cattle and sheep recording and genetics, along with beef and lamb carcase classification.
Dafydd was brought up on a mixed farm on the outskirts of Caernarfon before moving to a beef and sheep farm in Anglesey, North Wales, where he farms 1200 ewes and 85 suckler cows. Dafydd gained a Diploma in Agriculture from Aberystwyth in 1976. He is currently Chairman of North Wales TB Eradication Board, Director of Welsh Lamb and Beef Producers Ltd, Vice Chairman of NFU Cymru Livestock Board, Member of the B.O.D Subgroup for Animal Health and Welfare Board Wales, Trustee of the Mid Gwynedd NFU Cymru and a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies (FRAgS).
John Hughes (co-opted)
John grew up on a hill farm in Montgomeryshire where his grandfather encouraged him to become a vet. He qualified from Liverpool in 1976 but a family tragedy meant he had to be a farmer for a while. An assistant’s job in Newtown became available and two years later a partner’s position. Then there were six vets, now there are thirteen. The farms are mostly beef and sheep with treatment mainly on a herd/flock basis with conditions such as TB, scab, lice and louping ill a continuous problem. He is married with two sons.
Lynfa Davies (co-opted)
Lynfa grew up on a dairy farm in the Cotswolds and graduated from Aberystwyth University with an honours degree in Agriculture. She worked as a research technician at the Centre for Dairy Research at Reading University for three years before moving back to Aberystwyth to work for the Institute for Grassland and Environmental Research in their ruminant metabolism unit. She then moved to work for Hybu Cig Cymru (Meat Promotion Wales) for nearly 10 years where she was responsible for their R&D portfolio and held a particular interest in animal health issues. Lynfa now works for the Farming Connect programme in Wales as a Knowledge Exchange Manager where her focus is the establishment of on-farm projects to drive the uptake of new technologies and innovations on farms across Wales. Outside of work Lynfa has many interests including beekeeping. She currently has 10 hives and as well as continually improving her own knowledge she also teaches new beekeepers how to look after their bees.
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