I started my first flock called the Arberth Ryelands when I was 12 yrs old. I was always very interested in farm life and all that goes with it. After studying in agricultural College, I went on to take over the family farm and it's growing from strength to strength with my three breeds of Ryelands, Poll Dorsets and Texels. I am as keen on showing as I am on breeding, and every summer I'm kept very busy from May to September with the various breed sales in all corners of the UK. I am married to Sinead from Dublin, who is not from a farming background; we form a good partnership where she does the paperwork and I concentrate on looking after the flocks. We have two children and already my son is a keen farmer at 3 years old. A chip off the old block!
I fell in love with Ryelands in 1990 after seeing some at the rare breeds sale in Whitland, Pembrokeshire. That day I bought 4 ewes and a ram. These were my foundation stock and the years to follow have taken me on some very interesting journeys with them. I won my first prize for Best Newcomer at the Ryeland show and sale when I was 14 years old. I have won many breed championships and interbreed championships at various shows and the highlight was winning Supreme Champion Pair in 2010 at the Royal Welsh Show.
I started the Poll Dorset Flock in 2009, called Pembroke Poll Dorsets. I was drawn to this breed for its unique ability to lamb at any time of the year. I have around 300 breeding ewes at present. I started showing the Dorsets in 2010; in a relatively short time we have had a great deal of success. The highlight was winning breed champion and reserve interbreed champion at the Three Counties Show in 2012. I also won breed champion at the Royal Welsh Show with Sandleford Scolari in 2013; it was a special day.
My latest project is a small flock of Texels which I started in 2012, called Pembroke Texels. These are a popular breed with a lot of strengths I will begin to start showing these in the near future. Over the course of the next couple of years I'm hoping to obtain some top quality stock to create a high quality flock. The long term aim is to sell breeding rams and females at society sales and from the farm.