Tom Parry - Plas Poultry & Farm Toys
Hi I’m Tom,
Our farm is situated slap bang in front of the Brecon Beacons just two miles north of Brecon. It is a 215 acre upland beef and sheep farm where we run 450 ewes and 30 suckler cows mainly consisting of pedigree British Blondes. I am 27 years old and happily married to my wife, Angharad and we have a little 1 year old daughter, Elsie.
After spending a few years working on the family farm post school, it became clear I was either going to have to work part time elsewhere or think of a diversification project, as drawing an income from a relatively small farm business can be difficult. After giving it some thought, I decided to grow on what was a childhood hobby, breeding and selling chickens.
In 2016 I set up Plas Poultry where we sell hybrid laying hens and pure breeds, after significant investment of the profits the business quickly grew and today we are selling thousands of Point of lay chickens a year to customers all over the UK. In 2020 we added a Poultry supplies shop on the farm and online, we now sell hundreds of poultry products and hatching eggs. In early 2021 we added the farm toys element to the business and have started trading in Farm toys and country clothing, we have an ever growing range of stock on our web shop.
My wife now works full time within the business, balancing work life and family can be difficult but I think we’ve mastered it. We have also recently started up ‘Elsie’s Eggs’ where we have started door to door egg deliveries supplying the local community with coloured eggs.