Port Louis Farm

Owned by: Pete and Melanie Gilding
Brand: PLF
Land area: 17578 hectares
Number of Sheep: 6000
Breed: Corriedale x Merino

Port Louis Farm is owned by Pete and Melanie Gilding. Pete originally came to the Falkland Islands in 1968 as a secondary school teacher for a period of 6 months.  On his return to the United Kingdom, he found he missed the Falkland Islands and so decided to come back and make them his home. He met Melanie in the Falklands and they got married here in 1991. They went on to have 4 children; 3 daughters and a son who all help with the work on the farm.

They bought Port Louis in 1997 from a group of 13 shareholders. Pete and Melanie were so keen to buy the farm that they spent two years convincing all of the shareholders to sell.

Since purchasing Port Louis, they have invested heavily in the infrastructure of the settlement and continue to make improvements to this day. Like many farms in the Falkland Islands, Port Louis have taken advantage of the strong winds by installing a wind turbine.  They also use solar panels to boost their renewable energy. Their water requirements are met by a natural spring.  Unlike some areas in the Falkland Islands they have never experienced a shortage of water, even in the driest seasons.

The farm is very much family run; one of their twin daughters Amy took over the management of the farm in early 2018. Alongside the farm work, their other twin daughter Petra runs a tourism business, taking tourists on day trips to the North Coast of Port Louis, where visitors can often see all 5 species of penguins found in the Falkland Islands, along with various other bird life and Sea Lions.

As well as running 6,000 sheep, Port Louis also has 25 head of cattle and 40 horses and ponies.  All the family are keen horse riders.