A young farmer has established a pig fattening company and immediate meat revenue business many thanks to a novel initiative that presented her with 5 weaners.
Rhiannon Davies, who grew up on a beef and sheep farm and is a member of Caerwedros YFC, claims the support from Menter Moch Cymru was an significant catalyst to having her started out in pig farming.
She was given 5 pigs, alongside with coaching and one particular-to-1 mentoring on matters ranging from their working day to day management to internet marketing their meat, immediately after profitable a pig ending competitors run by Menter Moch Cymru and Wales YFC.
The initiative culminated in her exhibiting the animals at the Royal Welsh Winter season Fair.
She claimed: “I normally required to preserve pigs but I’d hardly ever had any knowledge of doing work with them so to have the prospect to have a go with the gain of a network of guidance was incredibly worthwhile.”
Rhiannon’s introduction to pig creation was so profitable that prior to all those initial 5 pigs experienced been sold she acquired in a more four weaners.
Due to the fact then, she has launched a immediate meat sales business enterprise, Cig Banc Sion Cwilt, on the household farm at Talgarreg close to Llandysul.
She buys in five batches of weaners a yr, all bred in Ceredigion and processed at Tregaron abattoir.
“I really significantly wanted the pigs to be born, raised and processed in Ceredigion,” she explains.
The competitiveness authorized her to pick out a breed and she opted for a Welsh pig. She has since switched to a Welsh x Pietrain and a Saddleback x Pietrain to lessen finishing instances.
The animals are finished on a straw program in sheds on her brother’s close by farm on a eating plan of wheat and barley sourced from a farm in Ceredigion, aiming for a slaughter pounds of 70-75kg liveweight for porkers and 80-90kg for pigs reared to make bacon.
Rhiannon has built up a powerful shopper base. “I have so a lot of repeat shoppers which is wonderful for the reason that it usually means they are pleased with the merchandise.”
When she released that small business, Menter Moch Cymru stepped in with various possibilities for education in capabilities these types of as advertising, even merchandise images.
“There were being so many programs and that seriously accelerated my information which I wouldn’t have acquired had it not been for Menter Moch Cymru,” she suggests.
The meat is bought in packing containers ranging from a whole pig to a loved ones pack.
Rhiannon is now in a discussion team facilitated by Menter Moch Cymru which gives her an possibility to meet up with other pig producers on their individual farms and to understand and share suggestions – some have even established up a butchery on their farm.
She is also benchmarking immediately after signing up to the Menter Moch Cymru and Farming Link ‘Measure to Manage’ on-line programme to examine the general performance of her enterprise with other people.
“It is specifically significant now, to have people figures in front of you, simply because the charge of feed has just about doubled and we want to make guaranteed we continue to be economical and successful.”
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