BEILI DDOL FARMStanding Sheep

Beili Ddol Farm is situated in the Heart of Mid Wales, two miles out of the small historic market town of Rhayader – more affectionately known as the Gateway to Elan Valley where outstanding natural beauty meets one of the most amazing man made reservoir constructions to date. Rhayader is renowned for its cycle tracks, walks and many other outdoor activities around The Cambrian Mountains for those that want to take it at a slower pace - why not take a leisurely stroll around the Welsh Royal Crystal factory located in Brynberth Industrial Estate. A short drive away from us on the other side of town is Gigrin Red Kite feeding station, a haven for bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. The River Wye runs through Rhayader towards Builth Wells, this is home to the Royal Welsh Showground and attracts thousands of people every year to a variety of major events. 

Beili Ddol land previously formed part of Beili Neuadd but the house and most of its land were sold separately some years ago.  We also own additional land adjoining Beili Ddol -this comprises of Llawrllan and Parc Hills, Llwynbaedd and more recently Great Vaynor.  Situated a few miles away are Brynhir and Upper Llaithddu Farms. 

We are members of Farm Assured Welsh Livestock (FAWL) scheme, being members of FAWL we are demonstrating a commitment to maintain high standards of animal welfare and husbandry, it also gives us the opportunity to provide proof of our expertise and integrity.  Our land is entering its third year of the whole farm WelshAgri environment scheme - Tir Gofal, which translated into English means ‘Care of the Land’ this is proof that we are found to have been caring for wildlife, historical and cultural features on our farm in addition to our livestock welfare.  We were accepted into Tir Gofal on a scoring basis with our farming practice having met the criteria. We are predominantly a two person team on the farm with extra labour at lambing time in the form of a day shift lamber and night lamber, we also have casual labour during busier periods of the year, this is normally shearing and preparing the Welsh Mules for sale. 

We run three different flocks of sheep; 

White Face Welsh ewes which are crossed with a Blue Face Leicester ram with to produce the White Face Welsh Mule; we also use a Welsh Ram on some of these ewes to breed our own Welsh - some of which are used as replacements for the flock.

Beulah Speckled Face ewes, which are crossed with a Blue Face Leicester Ram to produce coloured Welsh Mules and a percentage of the Speckled are also put to a Beulah Speckled face Ram to breed our own replacements. 

We have a variety of Crossbred Ewes made up of Welsh Mules, Texel cross and Suffolk cross ewes - these are mated with Suffolk Rams (terminal sires) to produce lambs with greater confirmation for the meat market.

A great percentage of our Welsh Mule ewe lambs are sold through The Welsh Mule Society sale at Welshpool Livestock Market and also at Welshpool Livestock Market Multi Breed sale in October.  A percentage are also retained for breeding.  The Welsh and Speckled ewe lambs are retained on the farm for breeding purposes and by Spring 2008 we hope to be farming a closed flock.  All the Welsh Mule, Speckled Face and majority of Welsh ram lambs are sold as fat, although some Welsh male rams lambs will be retained until Yearlings and then sold for breeding or used back in our own flock as sires.