At BCVA Congress in October Nigel Owens MBE will entertain and inspire delegates with his tales as the most-capped referee in world rugby. Then two worlds will truly meet when Nigel starts sharing his passion for life as a livestock farmer.
Since retiring from refereeing, Nigel has fulfilled a lifelong ambition to run his own farm full-time. With the help of his partner, Barrie, Nigel is caring for a large herd of Hereford cows on their 100-acre farm in Carmarthenshire.
Explaining his love for Herefords, Nigel told BCVA, “My passion for farming really came from growing up in an agricultural community in West Wales and working on my Auntie’s farm there. They had a Hereford bull, running with the heifers, and when I was a very young kid my uncle would put me on the back of that bull sometimes. Even then, seeing a field full of beautiful young Herefords, I think that’s when I fell in love with the breed. At eight years of age my dream was to become a farmer, a long time before I thought of becoming a referee. So, it’s taken me 50 years to save up to get my own farm, but here we are.”
The full science and social programme for Congress is being finalised and will be launched early August, and you can read a full interview with Nigel Owens in the Autumn issue of Cattle Quarterly.