There was a lot to see, do and taste at this year's Gwyl Fwyd Caernarfon on 11 May. Grŵp Llandrillo Menai's tent was there again this year for visitors who wanted a sneak peek at life on the farm and what it's like to study at Glynllifon campus.
Approximately 62,000 people came to the festival in Caernarfon to enjoy the sunshine, some delicious local produce and the chance to see Glynllifon campus' various farm animals and take part in woodwork workshops. Piglets, ponies, pigmy goats, sheep and lambs were all brought to the tent and the helpful Glynllifon staff were at hand to answer any questions the visitors had. GLLM staff also provided materials and guidance to anyone who wanted to make their own bird box to take home. An estimated 10,000 people visited the Glynllifon tent.
The sheep were treated to a haircut, in front of an audience, by British Champion sheep-shearer Elfed Jackson. Elfed has travelled all over the world competing in sheep-shearing, his next competition is in July when he will be travelling to France to represent Wales. Rhodri Owen, the Farm Manager at Glynllifon campus, provided commentary on Elfed's shearing and included relevant information on the sheep's welfare, best practice and the different possible uses for sheep's wool. Commenting on the success of the event, he said:
We're so lucky to have such fantastic facilities for our agricultural college and it's great to get to share a small part of what we do with local people at this event. Farming and Land Management is becoming increasingly important in today's climate and we are committed to investing in our colleges to ensure they're providing the best services possible in developing the skills of the next generation of land managers and farmers.
The first Gwyl Fwyd Caernarfon was in 2016 and the event has gone from strength to strength since then. Grŵp Llandrillo Menai are pleased to support the event by giving visitors a glimpse of what goes on at Glynllifon campus in a fun and informative way.
If you would like to find out more about the courses available at Glynllifon campus or any of GLLM's other campuses, please visit www.gllm.ac.uk.