Funding deals help young farmers diversify and expand

Glenn Lloyd and his father used the fund to support their move to meet growing demand for organic milk
Glenn Lloyd and his father used the fund to support their move to meet growing demand for organic milk

A series of funding deals worth nearly half a million pounds are helping young farmers diversify their farms and enter new markets.

The trio of deals, provided by HSBC, are allowing farmers in Wales to diversify their businesses and increase livestock numbers.

Owners of Pearson Farming Ltd in Conwy, Sam and Angharad Pearson, secured a five-figure loan.

They will use this to assist with purchasing a one third share of a new 500-cow grass-based dairy herd on the North Wales coast in order to significantly increase milk production.



In addition, a six-figure finance package enabled 24-year-old farmer, Aled Jones from Llandinam, to build a new mobile free-range egg unit.

It will be able to house up to 4,000 birds. The funding was used to install a Vencomatic Group system, making the farm more automated, welfare-friendly and modern.



Glenn Lloyd and his father Mike, owners of Gate Farm in Llandyssil used the fund to support their move away from a conventional dairy farm in order to meet growing demand for organic milk.

They used the funding to convert the farm to organic production.

Euryn Jones, Regional Agriculture Director in Wales, said HSBC want to 'support' the next generation of young farmers.

“We’re delighted to help progressive young farmers achieve their ambitions and grow this vital industry.

“These are just three of the significant number of farming businesses across Wales that we have supported over the years.”

It follows the findings of a new survey which shows that farmers' optimism levels are continuing to remain relatively high in spite of political uncertainty.

The survey highlights that more than half (60%) of farmers felt business growth would be moderate or high in the next year.