Activities are in full swing at Glynllifon campus as Spring sets in, with many new-born animals and budding plants appearing across the grounds. Ensuring this excellent facility is always performing to its upmost potential, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai conducts many research projects, whether that means monitoring the farm's cows with fitbits or comparing the meat quality between different pig breeds.

The college invited Rebecca Williams from the Country Landowners Association (CLA) to take a tour of Glynllifon and to discuss the future of farming and countryside management. The current political and economic climate has meant that many organisations are rethinking their strategic direction to acclimatise to ever changing demands in the market. Glynllifon campus is no different, as the need to equip the next generation with the necessary skills and knowledge to lead the way in the industry is more important now than ever.

Coleg Menai and Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor Principal Aled Jones-Griffiths said:

We want Glynllifon to be the test bed for the farm and countryside of the future. We have some of the most recent and high performance technology here at Glynllifon to help us make each process as efficient and economical as possible, but we are always looking towards the future and what we could do differently to acclimatise to this ever changing world. Having the CLA's insight is extremely valuable to us in doing this. We will be meeting again in the near future for further discussions on what can be done to ensure our colleges are providing the best services possible in developing the skills of the next generation of land managers and farmers.

The CLA have been safeguarding the interests of landowners, and those with an economic, social and environmental interest in rural land for more than 112 years. CLA members own or manage around half the rural land in England and Wales and more than 250 different types of businesses. Rebecca said:

It was great to visit Glynllifon and hear the progressive ideas at the college about ensuring that the students are ready to meet the future needs of the farming sector in Wales.  It is clear that the successful farmers of tomorrow will need a wealth of skills, experience and knowledge and the college, through its exemplar farming practices is providing a fantastic foundation for this.

For more information on the CLA, visit https://www.cla.org.uk/

For more information on courses available at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai visit https://www.gllm.ac.uk/