The 1,200-acre unit - mostly mountain land extending to 2,200ft - also has 40 suckler
cows, mainly pedigree Welsh Blacks.
Blaencwmpridd farm at Synod Inn near the Cardiganshire coast extending to 355 acres, is managed by brothers James and Alec Cowan, this year's winners of the highly-prestigious Welsh Suckler
Herd of the Year competition jointly organised by British Charolais Cattle Society and Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC).
More than 200 farmers have registered an interest in the project of which so far around 30 have ordered either semen or bulls to breed Stabiliser replacement heifers by grading up from their existing suckler
By adapting his ewe breeding policy he is now producing lambs with higher slaughter weights; and demand for his quality suckler
cattle is likely to see numbers more than double in the next 18 months.
FATHER and son Brendan and Brian Atkinson have taken a serious strategic look at their beef production system since decoupling and they are using a combination of out-wintering and conversion to Stabilisers to keep their suckler
The farm runs 28 suckler
cattle and cows are put to a Charolais bull.
Jeff and his wife Lisa run Maescadllawr Farm, Llangynwyd, near Bridgend, a 650-acre mainly tenanted SDA unit rising to 1,000ft and carrying 170 suckler
cows plus a complementary flock of 1,250 ewes with some lambs taken through to finishing.
The Limousins, which now run to 100 breeding cows, and the Charolais, numbering 60 cows, took the place of a 250-cow commercial suckler
I can't see people with suckler
cows on the hills being able to keep them as before unless fat cattle prices rise.
THE DAVIES family of Bryniog Ucha, near Llanrwst, have always been noted pioneers: the late John Davies was the first farmer in North Wales to buy a Land Rover, he was among the first to invest in a tractor and, in 1930, a time when dairying predominated, he was again ahead of the game, establishing a suckler
Following visits to Givendale, Yorkshire, and the Lilburn Estate near Wooler by Dixon family members, it was felt that the Stabiliser breed offered them the way ahead by enabling them to run a low cost, easy care suckler
enterprise, breeding their own replacements into a closed herd.
The Assembly says it won't start paying the Suckler
Cow Premium until February, and is blaming computer problems for the delays, but the situation is unacceptable say farmers, who face increasing financial hardship with mounting overdrafts because part of their income is being denied.