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                                                                                              ewes by a Suffolk ram scanned at 163%.   ‘I wanted a
                                                  At 24, Gwen Price is already
                                                                                              Lambing  in  February,  her  first  batch  sold
                                                       proving that she has the               on 22 May 2020 and the last batch went   commercial flock
                                                         drive and expertise to               on 29th June with an overall average price
                                                              build an excellent              of £93.  The average of lamb weight and   producing what
                                                                                              grades for 2020 were:
                                                             farming enterprise                                                     the market wants
                                                                                                     1  2   3L     3H   4L 4H  5    in the best way
               tudying for her BSc in agriculture and   taking on more responsibility in both   U          13.04%  43.48%           possible’ Gwen Price
               then her masters, she also worked full   administration for the family business and   R        39.13%  4.35%
          S time for Wynnstay. A multiple award   stock management. Gwen has her own            O                                   evidence of weight gain and helps identify
          winner, Gwen now farms in her own right   20ha (50acre) rented unit just 10 minutes   P-                                  top performing lambs. She examines
          as well as working as a Farming Connect   from home. Sitting at 130m (420ft) above    P+                                  her  cost  of  production  in  fine  detail  and
          development officer for Brecknock.    sea  level  she  runs  a  flock  of  100  Suffolk                                   produces lambs from a low cost system
                                                cross  speckled  face  ewes,  48  Suffolk/    WEIGHT PER GRADE Kg                   based on tetraploid HRG, white clover and
          Growing  up  with  three  older  brother   speckle yearlings and 50 Suffolk ewe            1  2   3L     3H   4L 4H  5    rape for high energy – high protein forage.
          triplets, she has been involved in farming   lambs. She also rears British Blue cross and   E
          as long as she can remember and is now   Hereford cross calves to sell on, either as   U          20.4   21.4             Gwen’s goal is to produce lambs and
                                                stores or in-calf heifers.                                                          heifers as cost effectively and efficiently as
                                                                                                 R          18.3   19.6             possible, making the best of what she has
                                                Gwen’s lambs are sold to nearby Dunbia                                              rather  than  stretching  herself  financially
                                                through the  Wales  YFC Lamb initiative         P-                                  in the short to medium term by trying to
                                                which provides an extra £1 per head if                                              expand acreage or stock numbers too
                                                lambs  are  hitting  the  required  scheme                                          soon. She plans to increase her flock over
                                                specifications. She finds both the maternal   With  a strong focus  on  key performance   the next 5 years by selecting and keeping
                                                and more traditional terminal sire traits in   indicators (KPIs) Gwen used  Welsh   the best ewe lambs for breeding stock. ■
                                                the Suffolk suit her enterprise. In December   Government funding to buy an electronic
                                                2019, her 22 Suffolk ewes put to a  Texel     lamb weigher so she can monitor weight   Based on an article originally published in
                                                ram, scanned at 200% and 100 speckled         gains at least every fortnight which provides   the Farmers Guardian July 2020
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