The NSA Welsh Sheep event 2019 will take place on the 21st May at Glynllifon campus, focusing on all things agricultural including innovation, precision grazing and full use of modern technology deployed by the college.
Coleg Menai and Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor Principal, Aled Jones-Griffith welcomes the opportunity to bring together the land-based industries and organisations at the 'hidden gem' that is Glynllifon. He stressed the importance of trialling new technologies on a commercial, working farm and relaying the results to the wider farming community. He added:
As a college we are an educational establishment and that is the primary aim of the farm, to offer young people an opportunity to work practically. If there weren't students here we wouldn't have a farm and if we didn't have a farm, we wouldn't have students here. So we have a relationship that works hand in hand between the farm and the educational side of things.
Farm Manager and Lecturer Rhodri Manod Owen explains how the 400 acres on the farm is primarily an educational facility but that it also has to remain financially sustainable. Commenting on the success of Glynllifon students at previous NSA events, he said:
The college prides itself on our students. If our students do well, then we've done something right as a college. Glynllifon students have achieved a lot of success in national competitions so we must be working in the right direction. We've been competing in the NSA now for 15 years and have had many successes. The current European Young Shepherd of the year is a student of ours, having finished the Level 3 Qualification last year.
NSA Welsh Sheep 2019 will feature almost two hundred exhibits and trade stands across a wide area at Glynllifon campus, with seminars held in the college premises. The major sponsor HCC will, among other issues, stress the environmental benefits of Welsh farming, with grass-based systems requiring fewer inputs while helping to regenerate soil and aid carbon sequestration. There will be a comprehensive programme of things to see and do from Sheep Dog Trials, demo of Welsh Sheep dogs, SRUC CT scanner will be present, British Wool with gear maintenance workshops from their stand along with workshops from other sponsors MSD, Caltech and Innovis in the college premises.
For more information about the NSA Welsh Sheep event visit the website: https://www.nationalsheep.org.uk/welshsheep/