Dewi Owen was born and raised on the family farm in Aberdyfi, an upland farm which keeps sheep and cattle. Dewi has been an active member of the Union for approximately forty years, having served as District and County Chairman as well as County President during those years. Mr Owen believes that the FUW is a strong voice for farmers in Wales, which is crucial in discussions with the Assembly regarding the future of the Single Payment. He also feels that the Glastir payments will be relevant to the majority of farmers in Wales, although there is a need for further discussions to ensure the best for farmers. During his years with the Union, Mr Owen has been a member of several committees, and he always express his opinion on behalf of the industry.
In 1999, together with four other farmers, Dewi Owen established ‘Direct Welsh Lamb’, a company that distributes lamb to all parts of Great Britain through the Web. This helped add value to lamb when the market was at its lowest. He now owns a butcher shop in the village of Aberdyfi, which is run in conjunction with his son-in-law who is a qualified butcher. Their butchers now supplies local hotels and has a wide range of customers from all over the country as Aberdyfi is a very popular tourist destination. By opening the shop, Dewi feels that he’s been able to help keep a small Welsh family business in the area.
Dewi Owen is very passionate about his area. He’s been a member of Aberdyfi Community Council for twenty years, County Councillor for the Aberdyfi and Pennal communities for eight years and Gwynedd Council Chairman 2014-2015.