Welsh hill farm scholarship up for grabs

Wales Young Farmers Clubs (YFC) and the National Trust are on the search for a young farmer capable of running a 250ha upland farm in Snowdonia for the next year.

The Llyndy Isaf Scholarship, now in its fifth year, gives one lucky Wales YFC member the chance to live on the farm in the Nant Gwynant Valley and manage the land for 13 months.

The scholar is responsible for the farm budget, decision-making and animal husbandry, but is given the support and guidance of a network of mentors.

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In addition to managing a flock of Welsh Mountain ewes and a herd of Welsh Black cattle, the farm takes part in the Glastir agri-environment scheme and includes several sites of scientific special interest so there’s a strong emphasis on conservation farming.

Scholars help manage the control of invasive species such as rhododendron and carry out practical maintenance such as walling and fencing.

Winner’s package

As part of the package, the winner receives a salary of about £18,700, accommodation and access to a National Trust farm vehicle.

Morys Ioan, Wales YFC rural affairs chairman, said the scholarship was a unique opportunity.

“In addition to managing the land the scholar will gain an insight into the agricultural industry post farmgate.

“It is pleasing to see each scholar develop excellent agricultural skills and to follow them on their journey after leaving Llyndy Isaf.”

An application pack containing a role profile and guidance pack is available from the Wales YFC Centre

Applicants must be a Wales YFC member and aged 18-26. Applications close on 19 May.