William Davies is tenant of two farms high on the slopes either side of the A44 east of Ponterwyd. These are part of the estate of the late Lord Geraint Howells a much respected local figure who was a great supporter of Welsh hill farmers and the Welsh language.
William who comes from a farming family around Llanilar moved to Brynglas about twenty years ago. He lives there now with wife Meinir and daughter Angharad.
The 360 acres he farms support around 700 breeding ewes; about 500 of them Specklefaced and 200 Welsh Mountain. Lamb from both breeds goes into the Cambrian Mountains scheme.
He also has a small herd of Welsh Black cattle that was started by his father back in 1949, and in which daughter Angharad carries on the family interest today.
The farm is part of Glastir, the Welsh governments’ sustainable land management scheme.