The Welsh Ospreys hero, Dan Lydiate, is preparing for life after rugby by returning to his roots as a farmer. Dan is now hoping for agricultural accolades with his herd of Welsh Black cattle on the 500-acre family farm, Ty’n y Berth, just outside Llandrindod Wells, in Powys. When rugby duties permit, the father-of-two travels back to Ty’n y Berth. Dan said:
“I train down in Swansea with the Ospreys and on my days off I commute back to the farm in Llandrindod Wells. It’s a proper mid-Wales hill farm, predominantly sheep, and in the last two years I’ve bought a small herd of pedigree Welsh Black cattle. I’m diversifying into that and moving forward, planning for life after rugby back on the farm.
“My parents’ farm is organic as well, so it gives a nice balance with the sheep. I enjoy it and obviously while I’m still in training my parents and my older brother, Jack, look after the herd for me. My brother and I are the fifth generation on the same farm and we’re hoping to pass it on to the next generation.”
Keep up with Dan on twitter @dan_lydiate