Do Wind Turbines Affect Livestock?
Wind turbines have a relatively small physical footprint and in many cases the surrounding land can remain open to other uses. This is one of the reasons why wind turbines are popular with farmers.
Wind turbines can co-exist with grazing animals, for example, with livestock such as sheep and cows grazing right up to the bases of the turbines.
Cwmni Gwynt Teg
In 1997, sheep and livestock farmers, Robin Williams (700 acres), his brother Rheinallt Williams (600 acres) and neighbour Geraint Davies (430 acres), faced a decline of up to 75% in their farming incomes following the BSE crisis.
The three formed the Cwmni Gwynt Teg cooperative in 1998 to enter the wind energy industry.
Geraint Davies, co-founder of the Cwmni Gwynt Teg cooperative, said: “…The countryside evolves and has been constantly changed by the people who live and work on the land.”
This new source of income can help to support sustainable rural development without displacing traditional rural activities – sheep farming continues alongside the wind turbines.