I live on and help run the family smallholding in Carmarthenshire, south Wales. People used to ask who was in charge on the farm between myself and my father. However, now that I have my sons, I can confidently say that my eldest is in charge! He was feeding my dogs and herding the sheep almost as soon as he could walk.
After retiring from thirty years as a veterinary surgeon, my father turned the smallholding into a fully-functioning enterprise. His first 'purchase' was a Tamworth sow named Ruby, given to him in exchange for a bottle of brandy. Things are done a lot more 'by the book' these days, of course!
We try to keep to native breeds of livestock as far as is possible. Our pigs have varied from Gloucestershire Old Spots and Oxford Sandy & Blacks to Saddlebacks, whilst we have always kept a closed herd of non-short Dexter cattle. In recent years, we have also bought in cade lambs and have a new herd of beautiful Boer goats.
I'm also on the committee for our local agricultural show which is always a big occasion. Not long after joining the committee, I overhauled the structure of their dog show and, whilst I don't have time to be as 'hands-on' as I used to be, the event is always well attended and a roaring success.