Carn Edward meats is part of a north Pembrokeshire family hill farm. It comprises of 3 livestock farms working as one under the gaze of Carn Edward mountain.
Carn Edward meats is part of a north Pembrokeshire family hill farm. It comprises of 3 livestock farms working as one under the gaze of Carn Edward mountain which majestically unites the holdings of Llannerch, Penrhiw and the renowned Penlan Uchaf gardens & tea rooms.
Carn Edward is managed and farmed by brothers Robert and Richard under the careful eye and guidance of their parents Dilwyn & Suzanne Vaughan.
Llannerch farm is situated on the floor of the Gwaun Valley at its highest point on what was once one of the busiest drovers routes and pilgrims way out of north Pembrokeshire. Once home to and farmed by Robert’s and Richard’s grandparents this is where their father Dilwyn was born. Over the years he helped run the milking cows and sheep along side purchasing the neighbouring un-farmed and neglected Penlan Uchaf.
Many years were spent clearing pasture land of gorse, blackthorns and weeds with the unreserved help of his parents at Llannerch, revealing what is now a vibrant livestock hill farm – built on blood, sweat and tears.
The Gardens & Tea Rooms
Back in the early 1980s, when Robert and Richard were children, farming hit a low point; returns were poor and interest rates high. To help survive and pay the bills farmers were encouraged to diversify! This led Dilwyn to be inspired by his love of gardening, learnt from his mother, to begin to create what is today Penlan Uchaf gardens.
The boys Richard and Robert both attended college; Richard studying at the Royal Horticultural Society college in Pershore and Robert firstly at Gelli Aur college and then the Welsh Agricultural College in Aberystwyth.
The third farm Penrhiw, which adjoins Llannerch and encompasses the other half of Carn Edward mountain, came up for sale in Robert and Richards’ final year of college. It was purchased that year thanks to help and guidance of an inspirational agricultural financial FELLOW fairy godmother (Dai, F.A.F.)
So the boys, both armed with over a 500 year Vaughan family history in the Gwaun Valley, the educational knowledge and inspiration, drive gained from their parents and grandparents and a love for there Cenefyn (homeland where born) the story of Carn Edward farms was born.
Carn Edward Today
The farm runs as a typical livestock hill farm, with a closed flock comprising of 750 pedigree Lleyn breeding ewes and a native herd of 200 pedigree longhorn cattle, with all calving and lambing taking place in the spring and all animals pasture grazed. In the harsh depths of winter they are housed and fed on grass silage round bales made in early summer.
In 2001 the farm switched to longhorn cattle due to them being a low input pasture based breed, ideally suited to the extreme weather conditions facing a north Pembrokeshire farm. Around the same time the BBC followed the farm and family for a year to produce the documentary ‘Pembrokeshire Land of Dreams – Mountain Pressure’ (link to film).
Farmers markets and food festivals, along with the gardens and tea rooms offered the opportunity to capitalise on the Carn Edward meat sales growth we all know of today.
To sustain and preserve the family hill farm life for now and the future generations . By adapting with a modern approach to our fortunate position and dealing direct with our customers whom we supply our farm produce.
In a way that meets modern consumer demands and incorporates the tradition and values of today built on from our past and history from drovers taking the livestock to far away markets along ancient byways that has now evolved and become the modern drovers way of direct internet selling then to be delivered direct to the consumer/customer from the farm the produce was produced and nurtured in time honoured ways!