Teulu Pen Bryn Llan Cefn Gwlad


Teulu Pen Bryn Llan

Dai Jones, Llanilar yn ymweld ag Elfyn a Meinir Jones a'r meibion, ar fferm laeth Pen Bryn Llan, Llanrhaeadr, Dinbych. Dai Jones visits Elfyn and Meinir Jones at Pen Bryn Llan, ...


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-I'm in the magnificent

-Vale of Clwyd...

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-..in Llanrhaeadr near Denbigh.

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-This is Pen Bryn Llan farm...

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-..the home of Elfyn and Meinir Jones

-and their three sons.

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-It's a proper family farm.

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-When you have three sons

-on a family farm...

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-..they do more than you think.

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-The youngest

-is now in his last year at school.

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-The middle son is a fine singer

-and at a London college of music.

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-The eldest is a graduate

-of Harper Adams University.

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-Surely one of the three

-will come home?

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-We'll see now.

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-Looking down onto the Vale of Clwyd

-from Pen Bryn Llan...

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-..it's hard to believe that Elfyn

-and Meinir milk 200 cattle here...

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-..given that they're kept inside

-all year round.

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-We have some cows

-that have been in since 2006...

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-..while about half of them grazed.

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-But for three years,

-they've been in all the time.

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-That's not to say some of them

-might graze again next year.

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-It all depends.

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-Of course, the farm's close by.

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-You're fortunate that you can

-rent land, in a place like this.

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-Yes, it's hard to get a block

-of land in the Vale of Clwyd.

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-But my father rented here...

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-..and it has been

-a long-term contract.

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-This is the time of year

-to harvest the 55 acres of corn...

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-..that will feed the herd

-through the winter.

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-It's almost ready.

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-I cut through them like this

-to see how far off they are.

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-It's too expensive a crop to grow

-and harvest a little too early.

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-You need it at its best.

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-Of course, the land is in use

-for the best part of a year.

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-You'll only get one crop.

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-Yes, we sow in early May...

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-..and harvest in October.

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-On a busy dairy farm, there's plenty

-of work for the whole family.

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-When they get the chance...

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-..Ynyr, the youngest,

-who's still at school...

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-..and Llion, the eldest,

-who has just graduated...

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-..are always keen

-to help their parents.

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-It was also good

-to see Dafydd, the middle son...

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-..singing so well

-at this year's Anglesey Eisteddfod.

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-# If ye would know how I take life

-and play my part

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-# I from my father learnt

-the earliest human art

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-# I learnt to make the fen

-all fruitful meadow land

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-# And how to clothe with green

-the barren waste of sand #

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-How many farmers

-have sung that old song?

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-Pen Bryn Llan

-is a productive dairy farm.

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-Even though there is uncertainty

-in the industry...

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-..with milk prices unstable,

-Elfyn is hopeful for the future.

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-# And bend to the ruddy plough

-upon the mountain height #

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-The cattle look very happy,

-to think they're inside all year.

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-Yes, they're content

-and never seem to miss the fields.

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-Food and water and room to lie down

-and they're content enough.

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-And they're much better off

-when it's wet.

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-Yes, that's right.

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-One reason they're inside

-is because you're among houses...

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-..and to stop them

-making a mess on the road.

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-That was the biggest problem,

-moving them back and forth.

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-Because of the farm's geography,

-everything had to cross the road.

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-Are there benefits

-to having them inside?

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-Or are there drawbacks

-to having them inside all the time?

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-Management.

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-There's more work involved

-with having them inside, obviously.

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-But it's easier

-to manage their feed...

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-..because the weather

-doesn't affect the pasture.

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-Your cows have fine udders.

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-That's an aspect of dairy cattle

-which has improved immensely.

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-Yes, certainly.

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-I like a good udder.

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-It's more important than anything.

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-It's more important than anything.

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-Because you're there twice a day.

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-That's true, and I like something

-nice to look at while I'm milking.

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-Supporting Elfyn at Pen Bryn Llan

-is his wife, Meinir...

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-..who's as happy in the milking

-parlour as she is on a tractor.

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-Well, Meinir.

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-Hello, how are you?

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-It's a husband and wife job

-day in, day out.

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-Jack of all trades!

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-That's a family farm for you.

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-Everyone has to pitch in.

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-Everyone has to pitch in.

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-Pull their weight, yes.

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-What's on today?

-Bedding for the calves?

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-Hay under the calves, yes.

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-That's expensive stuff these days.

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-Very expensive, yes.

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-But it's important

-to have enough bedding.

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-You've raised three sons.

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-You must miss them

-every time one leaves the nest.

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-Oh, yes.

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-You've always been a family

-with the children here.

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-We're very close as a family.

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-It's hard to see them go...

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-..but it's nice that they're doing

-what they want to do.

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-And if they want to farm,

-they've been to college.

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-Yes.

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-You do get some farmers' sons

-who don't want to farm.

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-We're lucky that all three want to.

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-But it's important that they have

-something behind them as well.

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-Middle son Dafydd

-is about to leave the nest...

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-..to study at the Royal College

-of Music in London.

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-But it's clear where his heart lies.

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-This is quite a young cow.

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-This is quite a young cow.

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-Yes, on her second calf.

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-The herd is all Holsteins.

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-The herd is all Holsteins.

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-Yes, they're all pure Holsteins.

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-The cattle are inside

-summer and winter, day and night.

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-Yes, 24/7, as they say.

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-It must make the job easier

-when the weather's bad.

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-Yes, every day's the same.

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-You get into a routine

-and just do it.

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-But you can't lean on a gate

-and watch the cows in the field.

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-That's the only thing, yes,

-when the weather's fine.

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-Where did this interest start?

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-Are you the first in the family

-to want to show cattle?

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-All three of us showed cattle

-when we were younger.

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-We started at Llanrhaeadr show,

-almost as soon as we could walk.

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-My interest has grown since then.

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-Farming can keep you at home

-for long periods.

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-It's good to have something

-different to look forward to..

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-..like choir practice

-every Thursday.

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-Are you in a choir?

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-Are you in a choir?

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-I've just left Lleisiau Menlli...

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-..as I'm off to college,

-and Cytgan Clwyd choir.

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-But I'm too old for that now too!

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-It'll be

-a bit different in London...

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-..and leaving

-the beautiful Vale of Clwyd.

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-It will be a big change

-going into the city.

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-There'll be less greenery...

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-..but I'll appreciate it more

-when I come back.

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-Over the years, you must have helped

-with all aspects of the farm's work.

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-Yes, that's true.

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-Yes, that's true.

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-But you're focusing on singing.

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-It was a tough decision,

-which way I was going to go.

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-Up to sixth form,

-I still wasn't sure.

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-Would I go for agriculture

-at Harper Adams University...

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-..or for the singing?

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-The singing won out eventually.

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-Your voice was coming now as well.

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-You've competed quite a lot by now.

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-Yes, I've been around

-the eisteddfodau since I was small.

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-Local eisteddfodau,

-and the Urdd and the National.

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-I've enjoyed it

-and gained experience.

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-Of course,

-and this year in Anglesey...

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-..you won the solo

-with Idris Lewis' Can Yr Arad Goch.

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-Watching you sing

-was like watching a master at work.

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-You enjoy it, don't you?

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-Yes, I do. I love it.

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-There's something

-about an audience's reaction.

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-It does something to you.

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-Yes, it does,

-and the pavilion has changed now.

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-They audience is a lot closer,

-and it makes a difference.

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-# And bend to the ruddy plough

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-# Upon the mountain height #

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-It's late September...

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-..and the maize harvest

-is about to begin at Pen Bryn Llan.

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-Elfyn Jones is hoping

-for some favourable weather.

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-You're doing well with this maize.

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-How many acres of it

-do you grow in a year?

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-We grow about 55 acres, in all.

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-About 18 acres under plastic,

-as an early crop...

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-..then the rest

-comes a little later.

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-It's a crop that has become vital...

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-..for all these large herds.

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-Yes, it has.

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-It's excellent feed

-for the cattle...

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-..and it mixes well with silage.

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-With the TMR,

-the Total Mix Ration...

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-..yes, it makes very good feed.

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-I wouldn't like to be without it.

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-This is a product that's cut,

-like the silage of old...

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-..and goes directly into the pit.

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-Yes, it's cut and goes straight in.

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-The machine that harvests it

-is incredible, the speed.

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-Do you bring contractors in?

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-Do you bring contractors in?

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-Yes, contractors.

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-We use contractors for most jobs.

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-We only do the slurry

-and the fertilizer ourselves.

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-Everything else is a contractor.

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-With just over 50 acres of maize...

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-..and with favourable weather,

-how long will it take to harvest?

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-They clear up to 50 acres a day.

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-Get away!

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-They shift a lot of stuff

-when they're at it.

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-That's some machine.

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-It must be.

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-And they go at some speed.

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-They don't hang about.

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-The trailers and the machines

-keep getting bigger.

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-It doesn't take them long

-to clear it, not long at all.

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-Is it anything like barley?

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-Is the stem as valuable as the cob?

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-Or is just the cob?

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-No, the leaves and stems

-are just as important as the cob.

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-You have to gather it all in.

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-You'd never believe it.

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-Good grief! You're vanishing,

-there's so much growth.

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-You could stand

-on your own shoulders!

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-The cob weighs as much

-as the rest of the plant.

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-Years ago, Dad carried out

-an experiment and weighed them.

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-It's full of nutrition, isn't it?

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-Oh, yes.

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-And that's all stripped away?

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-The machine takes it all in...

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-..and this weighs the same

-as the rest of the plant.

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-If you weighed this and the plant

-separately, they'd balance out.

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-The machine cuts every one

-of these kernels in half.

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-It's hard to believe,

-but it opens each one out.

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-You can tell that it's nutritious

-and must make excellent feed.

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-Yes, it's nutritious,

-and it gives them condition as well.

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-The eldest son, Llion,

-is just back from college.

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-Like Dafydd, his heart is also set

-on working at home on the farm.

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-Llion, how are you?

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-Llion, how are you?

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-Very well, thank you.

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-You're the oldest of the boys.

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-You're the oldest of the boys.

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-Yes, that's right.

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-You've just finished college.

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-Yes, I finished at

-Harper Adams University this week.

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-Is there a big day ahead of you?

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-Is there a big day ahead of you?

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-Yes, graduation day.

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-Good lad.

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-Did you enjoy it there?

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-Did you enjoy it there?

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-Yes, thank you.

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-It was a great experience.

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-A four-year course,

-Agricultural Engineering.

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-I spent the third year working

-for Teagle Machinery in Cornwall...

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-..with straw-cutting machines.

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-You got to do the actual work.

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-Yes, a little bit of everything.

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-Six months of my time there

-was spent in the design office.

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-I was able to do

-a big design project.

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-That product is now on sale.

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-It's nice to see something

-that you've done on the market.

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-What is going to happen

-now that you've graduated?

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-At the moment, I think

-that my future lies at home.

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-The engineering course

-was agricultural.

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-And the things I've learnt

-on the course...

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-..will be extremely useful

-to help Dad at home...

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-..and to work alongside him.

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-Your parents

-will be looking forward to it.

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-They're both busy

-and there's a lot of work...

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-..when you have 200 cows to milk.

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-It's not easy.

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-Yes, it is a lot of work for two.

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-I think that's where I can help.

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-To share the burden

-and let them do less work.

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-Once you start farming,

-it's in your blood.

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-It's hard to turn your back on it.

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-You go to college and learn

-about diversifying and so on.

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-A lot of people

-have turned to making ice cream...

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-..or selling unpasteurized milk.

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-It's becoming a big business.

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-What about the youngest son?

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-Ynyr is also interested

-in music and singing.

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-# I was a part

-of the tithe men's campaign

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-# Their boring empty talk

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-# I'm a man of the open air

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-# Every day, I go to hunt

-on the lands of those who believe

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-# That they are the landlords

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-# There's no choice,

-we have to change

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-# A system that strangles

-our freedom to live

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-# Words don't spark a revolution

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-# Actions change the world #

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-# Now, I must fight

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-# Today, I must challenge #

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-Well, Ynyr, home from school

-and straight to work!

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-How are you?

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-How are you?

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-Fine, thank you.

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-You're the youngest of the boys.

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-Where are you at school now?

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-Are you sitting your final exams?

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-Are you sitting your final exams?

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-I've just finished my GCSEs.

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-I've gone back into the sixth form.

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-What do you intend doing eventually?

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-I hope to come back home

-to farm, sometime.

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-It depends how I get on at school.

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-I hope to go to agricultural college

-then come back home to work.

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-What subjects are you studying?

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-Maths, Woodwork and Economics.

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-Business of some sort.

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-They're important subjects today.

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-Yes, plenty of work.

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-What are your hobbies?

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-Rugby or football or singing?

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-Yes, I enjoy singing.

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-I sing with Cytgan Clwyd choir.

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-I like playing football too.

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-Do you?

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-You're working here at home

-at the weekends and in the evenings.

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-As much as I can.

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-As far as farming goes,

-what are your interests?

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-Cattle or pasture or what?

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-Cattle or pasture or what?

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-Well, a bit of everything.

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-Driving tractors, milking,

-whatever needs doing, to be honest.

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-Fair play.

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-Elfyn and Meinir

-have now reached the crossroads...

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-..that faces many families

-as the children reach working age.

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-All three are very interested

-in agriculture and farming at home.

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-They all lean different ways.

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-Llion likes the machinery and crops.

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-Dafydd's into the breeding side...

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-..and Ynyr pitches in.

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-He doesn't mind if it's milking,

-driving the tractor or whatever.

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-Everyone should have the chance

-to do what they want.

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-Yes, that's true enough.

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-But it's very hard

-when land is scarce.

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-Yes, it is. We have to look at it.

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-Will you and Meinir be farming now?

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-The boys are in college

-and what have you.

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-The two of you are very busy.

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-The two of you are very busy.

-

-We have enough on our plates, yes.

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-We have part-time staff coming in.

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-Yes, things are

-a bit more difficult at the moment.

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-But Llion, the eldest,

-has just graduated at Harper Adams.

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-He fancies coming home.

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-That would be nice.

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-It would ease the burden

-on you and the wife.

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-Yes, the farm is still here...

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-..but it's important that the sons

-are free to pick their future paths.

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-Dafydd has reached the top

-with his singing...

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-..and it all started

-in Nain, Mrs Brenda Jones' parlour.

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-# There's a wideness in God's mercy

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-# Like the wideness of the sea

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-# There's a kindness in His justice

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-# Which is more than liberty

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-# There is no place

-where earth's sorrows

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-# Are more felt than up in Heaven

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-# There is no place

-where earth's failings

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-# Have such kindly judgment given

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-# But we make His love too narrow

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-# By false limits of our own

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-# And we magnify His strictness

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-# With a zeal He will not own

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-# If our love were but more simple

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-# We should take Him at His word

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-# And our lives

-would be all sunshine

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-# In the sweetness of our Lord

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-# In the sweetness of our Lord #

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Dai Jones, Llanilar yn ymweld ag Elfyn a Meinir Jones a'r meibion, ar fferm laeth Pen Bryn Llan, Llanrhaeadr, Dinbych. Dai Jones visits Elfyn and Meinir Jones at Pen Bryn Llan, Llanrhaeadr.


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