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Trust role for Landia at Hafod Y Lan

Posted: Thursday 14th June 2007

A Landia DG 11.0 kW cutter pump is playing an important role in the waste and effluent management at The Hafod y Llan Estate, one of the National Trust’s largest mountain farms, which has been piloting innovative farming practice for the last 8 years through a major conservation management project.

This National Trust 1600 hectare (4000 acre) acre Snowdonia farm was bought following a high profile public appeal in 1998. Now, as part of an extensive range of environmental and educational activities, it produces some of the very finest organic lamb and beef.

Landia’s cutter pump, which is situated in the main slurry pit at Hafod Y Llan’s cattle shed in the heart of Snowdonia, ensures that waste from the pedigree Welsh Black breed is properly recirculated, preventing odours and blocking, as Trystan Edwards, Farm & Countryside Advisor at the National Trust explains:

“Landia have provided us with a highly effective yet very low maintenance solution that is proving very good value for money. We are making significant savings on our machinery and servicing and no longer have the laborious job of opening up the main pit in sections to mix the contents before spreading or carrying out repairs”.

He added: “As we are an education resource for the industry, and also have the interests of National Trust members to consider, working with a company such as Landia achieves our aim for viability”.

At Hafod Y Llan, the National Trust is striving to bring the farming and conservation interests closer together whilst demonstrating some of the future management options in upland areas, including recovery of the heath, woodland expansion and regeneration, and improving soil and water quality. In addition to the recently reintroduced herd of pedigree Welsh Black Cattle, Hafod Y Llan’s acclaimed organic meat production also includes the marketing of high quality boxed Welsh lamb, which can be ordered seasonally on-line at www.hafodyllan.org.uk

Hafod Y Llan is open to the public for arranged visits, by contacting Arwyn Owen, Farm Manager, on 01766 890 473; there is a farm trail in addition to the variety of paths, and farming interests have the option of seeing the stock and facilities on the farm.

The conversion of the farm to organic was quite simple; the vast majority of the land had no inorganic inputs anyway.

“To inspire present and future generations with understanding and enjoyment of the historic and natural environment through exemplary and innovative work in conservation, education and presentation”

Landia
Waymills Industrial Estate
Whitchurch
Shropshire
www.landia.co.uk
Tel - 01948 661 200




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