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The family that’s bucking the trend

Published date: 10 January 2014 |
Published by: Shane Brennan
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A LLANGWM family is leading the way for the traditional family farm.
 

The Lynch family all love pitching in on their farm, Bryn Ffynnon, so much so that one of the sons has given up a promising teaching career to come back and work on the farm.
 

Guto Lynch trained as a teacher after completing an agriculture degree at Aberystwyth and later taught in Machynlleth.
 

He left teaching to join his older brother Sion and his father Gwion on the family farm.
 

Guto said: “It had always been my intention to come back to farming but there wasn’t enough work for three of us until we rented another farm.
 

“Once we took on Cwmodrddwr there was enough work. Over both farms we have 1,300 ewes and 50 succling cows.”
Guto has certainly been busy as he comes back to farming.
“I haven’t really had time to make long term plans as we are still finding our feet with the new farm.” said Guto.
 

The Lynch family can be seen this Friday on the long-running Cefn Gwlad television programme on S4C.
 

Host Dai Jones, Llanilar visited the family farm for the iconic series which starts with this programme on Friday, January 10.
 

Guto’s parents Gwion and Meinir Lynch are both highly respected Welsh authors as well as running the vibrant family farm.
 

The programme is mainly a portrayal of the five children – the three sons, Siôn, Tudur and Guto and daughters Saran and Lleucu.
 

All the children are keen to live and work on the farm where they have pedigree Welsh Black cattle and Welsh mountain sheep.
 

The farm has grown and developed over the years and has recently become an organic farm.
 

"We're all very proud of the farm and all want to live at home - we may well end up fighting each other for it in the long run," joked Siôn.
 

Cefn Gwlad was filmed in June last year just as Guto was preparing to leave teaching and come back to farming.
 

The youngest son Tudur is set to become a teacher, while the eldest daughter Saran seems destined for the teaching profession too.
 

The youngest, Lleucu, is a sixth form student Ysgol y Berwyn with a passion for art.
Farming is a passion and vocation for all the family.
 

While Tudur and Saran are studying, they would like to maintain some link to the farming life.
 

Their father, Gwion added: "I've come to the stage in life where the children tell me what to do!
“But small family farms are disappearing one by one and we need systems in place to safeguard the small family farm.
 

“The decline of rural life goes hand in hand with the decline of the small family farm."

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