Dewi Jenkins Cefn Gwlad


Dewi Jenkins

Dai Jones, Llanilar sy'n ymweld â Dewi Jenkins, Fferm Tyngraig, Talybont, ger Aberystwyth. Dai Jones, Llanilar visits Dewi Jenkins, Tyngraig Farm, Talybont, near Aberystwyth.


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-When you mention Tynygraig farm

-in Tal-y-bont, Ceredigion...

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-..you think of Welsh sheep

-and Welsh Black cattle.

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-Now, there's a new addition

-to that list.

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-The son, Dewi, is a dab hand

-in the world of sheepdog trials.

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-Alongside the sheep and cattle...

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-..he's a supporter of Welsh culture

-and a young man to boot.

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-Born and raised on a sheep farm...

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-..it's no wonder

-that handling dogs...

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-..has been in Dewi's blood

-since he was a child.

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-Not many 25-year-old farmers have

-mastered the art of shepherding...

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-..as well as Dewi Tynygraig.

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-He's one of the best sheepdog

-breeders and trainers in Wales.

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-At this year's Royal Welsh Show,

-he won the Dr Emrys Evans Award...

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-..with the theme

-of shepherding skills.

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-Also farming here are Dewi's

-parents, Enoch and Marged...

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-..and his grandfather, Gwilym.

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-In his late eighties,

-he's still working every day.

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-Dewi has clearly followed

-in his grandfather's footsteps.

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-He's a bit of a character himself.

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-Where do you get the time

-to train these dogs?

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-It does take time.

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-I try to steal time

-in the evenings.

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-Moss sires dogs that are easy

-to teach, which is a great help.

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-You see the dogs improving

-every evening they're out.

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-Selling dogs isn't a problem.

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-They leave here like hot cakes.

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-They leave here like hot cakes.

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-I'm not sure about that.

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-I've had some good ones recently.

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-We'll see how it goes

-at the next sales.

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-I train them in the evenings.

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-Having dogs that are easy to teach

-is half the battle.

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-Dogs that are willing to learn.

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-The dogs have to please, or they

-won't come back to buy again.

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-That's crucial.

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-I like to give the dogs

-a lot of farm work.

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-When they leave me,

-they've done a bit of farm work.

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-That's what buyers want

-- a dog to work at home.

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-The farm lends itself to that.

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-You have plenty of sheep

-with which to work...

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-..and lots of terrain

-that dogs find difficult.

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-Exactly.

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-Exactly.

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-That's very helpful.

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-My daily life involves sheep.

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-I tend to take a young dog...

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-..instead of an experienced one

-every time.

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-Then the young dogs

-learn quite quickly.

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-As well as training sheepdogs,

-Dewi has many other talents.

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-One of them is performing on stage.

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-Who could he be impersonating here?

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-The little tinker!

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-Goodness me, this is a lovely place.

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-How are you all?

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-There's work to do on the belly.

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-Dewi has been raised to respect

-the finer points of farming.

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-Breeding cattle and sheep,

-and running sheepdogs.

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-His talents also include shearing.

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-That one didn't take long, Dewi.

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-That one didn't take long, Dewi.

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-No. Some are more still than others.

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-You're more used to Welsh lambs

-than cross-breeds.

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-Yes, most of our lambs at home

-are Welsh lambs.

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-When did you start shearing?

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-I started here at home

-when I was about 15 years old.

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-Just learning with my father...

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-..then I went to New Zealand

-when I was 19.

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-What was that like?

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-What was that like?

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-It was a good experience.

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-You learn a lot

-when you go to New Zealand.

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-All you do every day is shear.

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-I learnt a lot there.

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-Since then, I shear at home every

-summer, and go round other farms.

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-What are the main competitions

-that you've won so far?

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-I wouldn't say I've won a lot...

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-..but I like to go around

-the lamb shows in summer.

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-The Welsh lamb shows.

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-Cneifio Cothi, Lampeter,

-the Royal Welsh Show and Corwen.

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-They're the main ones.

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-I've got to four finals out of

-the last five Royal Welsh Shows.

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-Have you?

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-I love competing, but it's hard

-to find time for everything.

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-Do the nerves kick in with an

-audience, or if a sheep struggles?

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-That used to happen,

-but you get used to it.

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-It's the same with the dogs.

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-Everyone's nervous at first,

-but it's OK once you get used to it.

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-You get these honours.

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-Tal-y-bont specializes

-in speed shearing...

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-..on the evening of the show.

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-It's a successful night and has gone

-from strength to strength.

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-We started five years ago

-with one stand, one machine.

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-There were three machines this year.

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-There were three machines this year.

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-You did well that night.

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-Yes, good enough.

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-I got the second-fastest time

-of the night at Tal-y-bont.

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-Nineteen seconds.

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-To shear...

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-To shear...

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-One lamb, yes.

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-It just happened to stay still.

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-That's where luck comes in to it.

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-That's where luck comes in to it.

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-Was it 19 seconds or 19 minutes?

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-Maybe!

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-I'd take 19 days!

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-For about 30 days every year,

-Dewi and his dogs...

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-..head to the Forestry Commission's

-uplands near Nant y Moch.

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-That's where many stray sheep

-cause damage to young trees.

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-The task facing Dewi is to gather

-as many as he can of those sheep...

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-..on what is very tough terrain.

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-We've got it now, Jones.

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-We've got it now, Jones.

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-You wouldn't think

-they're bad sheep...

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-..but once they're in those trees,

-they'll go everywhere.

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-They're alright here.

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-Where did they go?

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-There they are.

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-There they are.

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-As you said, there they are.

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-Will you get those back?

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-Will you get those back?

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-I doubt it, but I don't mind.

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-There's quite a gang here.

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-Get these into the trailer

-and we'll be fine.

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-Judging by their fleece,

-they've been here a while.

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-Yes, two or three years.

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-Those lambs look well.

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-There's lots of food in the forest.

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-How will we load these?

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-How will we load these?

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-I'll try two dogs either side.

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-If we got them here,

-they wouldn't get up there.

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-We'll try that then, Dai.

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-We'll try that then, Dai.

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-I can watch this side.

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-I'll fetch the trailer.

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-I think we've got it.

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-I think we've got it.

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-Hopefully, Dai.

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-We'll soon see.

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-Is there hope, Dai?

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-I think there is now.

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-We'll try them slowly.

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-They're standing still now.

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-But these sheep don't understand

-the concept of slowly.

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-Before we could turn round,

-they'd got away again...

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-..despite the efforts

-of the two wonderful dogs.

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-That black-faced ewe is a cuckoo!

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-Stay there.

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-Stay. That'll do, Moss.

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-Come by, Moss.

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-Go back, Seren. Stay there.

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-Come by, Moss.

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-Come by, Moss.

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-Stay there.

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-Stay there!

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-Away, Moss.

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-Settle down. Moss, settle down.

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-Off goes Dewi after the errant ewes.

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-This time, he's successful.

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-Come by, come by, come by!

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-They're terrible sheep.

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-Good grief.

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-I'm so pumped up,

-I can't find the switches!

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-Moss was spent there.

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-The Welsh bitch led the way.

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-Good boys!

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-These forest sheep are wilful.

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-They know where to escape.

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-Hell's bells, they got away quickly.

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-Hell's bells, they got away quickly.

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-With their tongues out.

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-I thought we were finished.

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-I thought that Moss was finished

-in the stream.

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-It's a tough job.

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-It's a tough job.

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-But worth it when you catch some.

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-Come by, come by.

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-That's an awful ewe.

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-That's an awful ewe.

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-I thought it might be a ram!

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-Stand. Stay there.

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-Stand.

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-I'm tired now, Dai. Tired out.

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-I can well believe it.

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-You have good dogs.

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-They're a good pair.

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-Stay there.

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-Drive on, Moss.

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-Come by.

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-Stay there.

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-Seren!

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-Stay there.

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-Good girl, stay there.

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-Stay.

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-Stay. We've got them, Dai.

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-We've got them.

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-Stand.

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-Good job.

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-I'll tell you one thing.

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-At the international trials

-last week...

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-..I don't know

-how many of the dogs there...

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-..would have brought these

-down from the top to here.

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-Fair play, they're a good pair.

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-You're not bad either.

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-That's a nice feeling.

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-There's nowhere near that sells tea.

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-No, we'll go home. I'm thirsty too.

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-One of the heroes of Dewi Jenkins,

-Tynygraig, Tal-y-bont...

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-..is his grandfather,

-Gwilym Jenkins.

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-Generations of the family

-have farmed here...

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-..and succession is important.

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-There's a constant need

-for fence posts...

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-..to reinforce boundaries

-on any upland farm.

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-Gwilym still saws his own posts

-as he has done all his life.

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-That's better, Gwilym!

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-That's better, Gwilym!

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-Yes.

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-Judging by these piles,

-nothing goes to waste here.

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-No, no waste.

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-The offcuts go on the fire

-and the peelings go under the cows.

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-These trees were planted

-by you and your father.

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-My father planted them

-after the war.

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-If you didn't plant trees,

-the government would take the land.

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-You're still here to tell the story.

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-Do you mind telling us

-how old you are?

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-I was born in 1928,

-so you do the sum.

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-Cardis are meant to be good at sums!

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-About 88?

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-About 88?

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-There you are.

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-And you move like a youngster.

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-And you move like a youngster.

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-I feel like a youngster.

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-How long have you been making posts?

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-You must have bought a few.

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-You must have bought a few.

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-I've never bought one.

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-And my sons won't need to buy

-any fencing posts either.

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-My father planted 25 acres of trees.

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-They're 60 years old

-and they're all heartwood.

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-I had noticed that myself.

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-You don't need to preserve them.

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-Nothing will seep into it.

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-And your grandson

-is following in your footsteps.

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-He's been coming to the shed

-to be educated!

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-Dewi has started making them too.

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-You have to be careful

-with this old saw.

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-Very careful.

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-Yes, you're right.

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-It's a big year for you.

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-Dewi has had

-an extremely successful year.

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-But you're president

-of the Welsh Black Cattle Society.

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-You must feel that's a great honour.

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-You must feel that's a great honour.

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-It is an honour, yes.

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-But I worried about it a lot.

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-But I worried about it a lot.

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-You don't need to worry.

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-But yes, it is an honour.

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-I've always kept Welsh Black cattle.

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-I've raised a family very easily

-with the black cow.

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-Yes, four children,

-and now the grandchildren.

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-Eleven grandchildren.

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-Goodness me.

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-That's how a man's wealth is valued.

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-That's how a man's wealth is valued.

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-You're right.

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-You're right.

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-You make a man feel envious

-to be honest.

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-You only had the one!

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-I lost the recipe!

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-The Tynygraig family

-have been renowned for many years...

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-..for the high standard

-of their sheep and lambs.

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-Today, Moss the faithful sheepdog...

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-..helps to separate the rams.

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-Moss, Moss, Moss, Moss!

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-At this time, when rams are sold...

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-..you lose a lot of sleep.

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-We go around farms now

-a week or two before a sale...

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-..to see the rams

-and to select what's available.

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-Many of the rams have been selected

-before the sale nowadays.

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-It's happened with rams

-in Scotland for years.

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-They called it Tup Sunday,

-the Sunday before the big sales.

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-They used to go around...

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-..and they were given something

-medicinal to help them on their way.

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-That's why the prices in Scotland

-were so high!

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-But these are making

-good prices now as well.

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-It's a difficult breed

-to get everything correct.

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-When you do, they're valuable.

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-These are good ones, I must say.

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-You never know what you've got

-until you go to a sale and compare.

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-I see the dog

-keeping them together there.

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-He's been a good dog for you.

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-Yes,

-he's eight and a half years old.

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-He'll be nine in March.

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-And you're trying to get

-a pup of his to take his place.

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-Yes, I'll need something soon.

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-Today, Dewi's father, Enoch Jenkins,

-needs a helping hand...

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-..to load the tack lambs.

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-Here, as on every farm,

-the work is never-ending.

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-They loaded easily.

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-Mountain sheep.

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-So they're off to Pembrokeshire.

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-So they're off to Pembrokeshire.

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-Yes.

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-Until when, Enoch?

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-The beginning of April.

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-That'll soon come.

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-We hope they get some pasture

-to grow a little.

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-They're all off to the same place,

-are they?

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-Yes, we're fortunate.

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-That's good.

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-It's warmer

-in Pembrokeshire than here.

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-They don't get much frost there.

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-You'll go down to see them

-at least once over the winter.

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-Yes, I'll go down to see them

-a few times, probably.

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-The family is also renowned

-for keeping Welsh Black cattle.

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-Tynygraig is home to a fine herd.

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-Do you calve all year round?

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-No, three quarters in spring

-and the rest in the autumn.

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-And you buy a bull and use it,

-rather than AI or anything?

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-AI very rarely,

-but we usually buy a bull.

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-You're doing a good job.

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-They all look very similar.

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-They make breeding easier.

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-I'm sure they haven't been

-in this field long.

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-They go through grass at this time.

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-They go through grass at this time.

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-More this year than for many years.

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-These will have to come in first,

-as they're churning up the field.

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-A big gang makes a mess.

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-You have to bring them in when

-reseeding costs over 100 an acre.

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-There's another shower coming.

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-There's another shower coming.

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-Yes.

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-Someone passed earlier

-and said it'd be dry for an hour.

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-He was wrong!

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-The rest of the Welsh Blacks

-are up on higher ground...

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-..looking out over the sea.

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-Up here, Dewi relies on good dogs

-to help control the cattle.

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-These dogs are great with cattle.

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-The Welsh dogs

-are hard to beat at this job.

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-That little bitch

-is in amongst them, no messing.

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-Once cows know

-they can boss a dog...

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-..they'll go

-to the end of the field.

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-There was no need for a stick.

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-They came down naturally.

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-But a dog has to show who's boss.

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-But a dog has to show who's boss.

-

-Yes, they must get into their faces.

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-You don't often see dogs

-work like that these days.

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-The cows are sensible enough

-to let themselves be driven.

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-Once they're used

-to being controlled by dogs...

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-..that's how they're handled.

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-It's better than someone

-on a bike or in a Land Rover...

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-..cajoling them and driving them.

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-It's them and the dogs.

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-The black dog's a young one,

-a year and a half.

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-He takes after his mother.

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-He takes after his mother.

-

-The other one is his mother?

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-Yes.

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-Running dogs

-is one of your big passions.

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-Dogs are very close to your heart.

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-Dogs are very close to your heart.

-

-Yes.

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-You need good working dogs,

-first and foremost.

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-You saw that in the forestry.

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-When you get good dogs,

-you respect them...

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-..then you gain their respect.

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-That respect doesn't come easily.

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-It has to be earned, and that

-has always been ingrained in Dewi.

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-The YFC has also been

-an important part of his life.

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-He won the Ceredigion YFC

-best actor award...

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-..and played a leading role in the

-half hour of entertainment contest.

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-Well, how are you tonight?

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-It's me, Dai, here.

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-I hope you're all well.

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-Yes, it's another Sunday

-with Ar Eich Cais.

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-It's got cold, my friends.

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-My club, Tal-y-bont, was lucky

-to win nationally this year.

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-I owe a big debt to the YFC...

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-..for the wide range

-of opportunities I've been given.

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-The sheepdog trials,

-the public speaking...

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-..the acting and the stock judging.

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-It gave me confidence

-to compete and to speak publicly.

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-And eisteddfodau.

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-That's where I first sang.

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-That's where I first sang.

-

-And you won the Blue Riband.

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-Yes, the Blue Riband.

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-Not that I make a fuss about that.

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-Would you like to see it?

0:22:340:22:36

-Yes, please!

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-I wear it everywhere,

-on Cefn Gwlad and in the bath!

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-The way of life at Tynygraig,

-with the cattle, sheep and dogs...

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-..has inspired Dewi over the years.

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-One thing is certain.

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-The future of agriculture is secure

-in the hands of these young farmers.

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-It's a thrill

-to be in their company.

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-Hooray!

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Dai Jones, Llanilar sy'n ymweld â Dewi Jenkins, Fferm Tyngraig, Talybont, ger Aberystwyth. Dai Jones, Llanilar visits Dewi Jenkins, Tyngraig Farm, Talybont, near Aberystwyth.


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