FLINTSHIRE FARMER IS FUW FARM DIVERSIFICATION COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN
A Flintshire farmer who operates a caravan park on his land has been appointed the new chairman of the Farmers' Union of Wales farm diversification committee.
Eurwyn Roberts lives at Gwrachen Farm, Wern Road, Hendre, Mold, with his wife Janet, sons Delwyn (21) and Ianto (16), and daughter Sioned (13) and runs a 150-acre arable and beef unit at Maes Elwy, Trefnant, St Asaph, where four acres are devoted to a static site for 15 caravans.
He grows 60 acres of barley to feed and house store cattle, mainly Friesian bullocks. "I used to milk 150 Friesians and call them into the milking parlour with a 'Come on girls' command. Now I say 'Come on boys' - and I don't have to get up early to milk them!" he said.
Delwyn works part-time on the farm and as a builder for a local fireplace installation company. "I also help my brother Dylan on his farm at Fron, Hendre, where he has a touring caravan site," said Eurwyn.
"I believe farm diversification is crucial for us as a family and for the whole area. It's surprising how many holidaymakers who use our caravan sites also shop locally and pop into the local pub for a meal. They are very important to the survival of the local economy."
Mr Roberts succeeds Deilwen Breese, of Gogarth, Pennal, near Machynlleth, who has been the committee's chairman for over a decade.