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I gyd-fynd â Diwrnod Rhyngwladol y Menywod, byddwn yn dathlu cyfraniad merched i amaeth. To coincide with International Women's Day we celebrate the contribution of women in agr...


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-The weather has affected transport

-and travel in the city...

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-..and also daily life on the farm

-over the past few days.

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-In addition to feeding

-and watering farm animals...

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-..it's lambing season on many farms.

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-With long hours

-on top of the cold weather...

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-..farmers face

-additional challenges.

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-Also on the programme, we recognise

-the work of women to rural life.

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-The opportunity I had is just

-the same as the one given to a man.

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-I can't see any difference at all.

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-A sheepdog sale and the

-Welsh contingent who were selling.

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-It's an interest,

-more than anything, with the dogs.

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-Here, on Alltyfyrddin dairy farm

-near Carmarthen...

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-..Gareth Richards and his family

-milk 100 cows.

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-Snow hasn't affected the area

-but everything is frozen here.

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-The wind affected us the most.

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-We avoided the snow but the

-easterly wind froze everything.

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-We have a water pump

-from our own well.

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-It caught us out and that's frozen.

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-When water stops moving,

-everything freezes.

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-If water moves,

-it's difficult to freeze it.

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-We've managed to continue milking...

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-..but yesterday,

-the water for the cows was frozen.

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-We had to find a new source

-and we have a borehole too.

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-That's bringing drinking water

-into the cows.

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-Cae Coch is a farm on the uplands.

-It's a myriad of small fields.

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-There's an entrance to every field

-and where do drifts gather?

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-Right by the gates every time.

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-I've spent the last few days walking

-out to the sheep with some food.

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-In addition to that,

-this chilling wind.

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-How on earth do I find

-enough water for 30 cattle...

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-..in the shed next to the house?

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-That's been

-an exceptional challenge.

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-I know that many

-are in a worse position than me...

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-..but it is a challenge finding

-enough water for 30 cattle...

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-..under these circumstances.

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-Looking at the bigger picture,

-we had snow in 2010.

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-Then in 2013.

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-If this happens more often,

-we'll have to prepare better for it.

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-With the temperature

-of the Arctic at zero...

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-..it's been colder here recently.

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-Is this climate change for us?

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-It's thawing now

-but this cold weather...

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-..has brought the best

-out of our rural communities.

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-Everyone taking care and caring

-for each other and their animals.

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-Here's some news about bird flu.

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-A bird infected with H5N6

-has been found dead in Barry.

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-The Welsh Government has asked

-poultry owners to be vigilant.

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-Let's join Meinir who is,

-like me, at home on the farm.

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-March 8

-is International Women's Day...

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-..a day to highlight

-our contribution...

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-..to the arts, politics,

-economy and society.

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-It's a great opportunity for women,

-and men, to be recognised equally.

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-How equal are men and women

-in the agricultural world?

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-Women have always played

-a crucial role in our industry...

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-..especially during times

-of hardship such as the wars.

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-With men away at war

-and food difficult to import...

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-..women were partly responsible

-for doing the farm work...

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-..caring for the animals,

-harvesting the crops...

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-..and chopping wood

-as part of the land army.

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-Women are very prominent

-in the agricultural world in Wales.

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-Lesley Griffiths

-is the Cabinet Secretary...

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-..for Energy, Planning

-and Rural Affairs.

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-Christianne Glossop

-is the Chief Veterinary Officer.

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-Last week,

-the unions broke new ground...

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-..as Minette Batters was elected

-as the NFU's president...

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-..the first female to assume the

-role since the union began in 1908.

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-I've enjoyed working on the farm

-with the animals since I was a girl.

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-As I get older, I've realised...

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-..that being a woman

-hasn't hindered my life at all.

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-I'm sure that my mother's influence

-and the way I was raised...

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-..is a foundation to all this.

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-On Maes Teilo farm,

-wherever Mam went, I was with her.

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-I was eager to help

-and do whatever Mam did.

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-Sioned seems to be cut

-from the same cloth.

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-I left school as soon as I could

-to allow me to work on the farm.

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-Dad had some health problems.

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-I was needed at home and

-that's what I wanted to do anyway.

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-I came home and took over the farm

-from my family when I got married.

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-I've worked on the family farm

-since I was a young age.

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-In terms of the farm's work,

-it's changed over the years.

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-Work on the farm

-has changed considerably.

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-As it is today,

-everyone keeps a lot more stock.

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-The work of mucking out has become

-easier because of the sheds...

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-..but you need to keep more stock

-to make a living.

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-I've always been on the farm.

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-There's very little I can't do.

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-I'm certain that the upbringing

-I had on the farm...

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-..ensured the love I have

-for the animals and the land...

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-..will last for another generation.

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-I'm also fortunate to have

-the help of Ann, my mother-in-law.

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-Sioned enjoys her time

-with both of them.

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-I also enjoyed exhibiting sheep

-at the shows with you.

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-That started as you grew older.

-Your father had no interest.

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-As you grew older

-and were able to help me...

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-..we started to compete in shows.

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-Exhibiting in the shows

-is important to the family...

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-..from the Royal Welsh

-to local shows.

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-Have you been treated differently

-because you're a woman?

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-Oh, no.

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-When you're at the mart, if you

-want to buy a cow or buy a calf...

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-..or sell an animal,

-no-one sees you differently.

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-I talk to a man in the mart the same

-as I talk to a woman in a shop.

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-At the mart, you talk shop.

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-You talk about what happens next

-with the paperwork...

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-..or you talk about lambing,

-as is the case now.

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-You talk about your problems...

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-..and it's nice to talk to men

-in the mart.

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-I don't think anyone treats me

-differently because I'm a woman.

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-From my point of view, skill

-is more important than strength.

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-It's all about teamwork too,

-you and Dad, me and Gary.

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-I feel we work well as a team.

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-You benefit from the strengths

-of the individual.

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-You don't think about the

-physical strength of men and women.

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-If you can work as a team,

-you can turn your hand to anything.

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-You might be selective

-in some of the jobs you choose...

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-..and leave those to him!

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-It's important that you're able

-to do everything.

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-I don't think people believe

-that the woman's work...

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-..is looking after the orphaned lamb

-and nothing else.

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-The woman can do almost anything

-on the farm.

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-Lovely to hear about the experiences

-of Meinir and her family.

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-The fact that they're women hasn't

-affected their work in the industry.

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-I've travelled

-to the Tanat Valley...

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-..to speak to a young woman making

-her mark in the farming world.

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-Caryl Hughes is a farmer's daughter

-from Ty Hwnt I'r Afon.

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-She was the first recipient of

-the Llyndy Isaf Scholarship in 2013.

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-During her year with the

-National Trust in Nant Gwynant...

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-..Ffermio caught up with her

-for the first time.

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-Doing this, I now have the

-experience to go home to Dad...

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-..and say,

-"I'm ready to come home to farm."

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-He'll be happier to let me

-take over the farm...

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-..knowing I've had the experience

-of running my own farm.

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-We've followed Caryl's career.

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-Last year, she took on

-the tenancy of Berllan Helyg...

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-..next-door to her home.

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-How has the past year been for you,

-Caryl?

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-A very busy year.

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-I've been flat out between

-being home and working outside.

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-It's been busy, very busy.

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-The new tenancy?

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-Yes, the first year has passed.

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-We've had good lambs

-and we sold them all.

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-A great first year.

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-In terms of stock, what do you have?

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-In terms of stock, what do you have?

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-About 800 ewes will be lambed.

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-We'll give them a Blueface ram

-to produce a mule.

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-We'll also have about

-35 weanling calves for the summer.

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-Before starting

-the lambing season at home...

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-..she works at Cilmawr,

-Llangedwyn, Dyffryn Tanat.

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-I'm here at Cilmawr for six weeks

-for a warm-up before lambing starts.

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-You farm at home,

-you farm on a new tenancy...

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-..you also go out to work

-and you're lambing here.

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-I need to earn money from somewhere!

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-Dad's at home.

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-It's a quiet time at home, just

-feeding and keeping things going.

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-I don't earn much at home so it's

-important to gain experience here...

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-..and earn some money for the bank

-for the summer and the fun to come.

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-The snow -

-it's minus 8 degrees at the moment.

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-There's a thick layer of snow here.

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-There's more to come.

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-You can just about get here

-in the 4x4.

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-The 4x4 is very important.

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-I'll go home tonight and I'll

-come back tomorrow, hopefully.

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-Head down and get on with it.

-No nonsense.

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-Yes, that's the only way.

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-Agriculture can be

-quite challenging sometimes.

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-Farming in this weather can be

-quite stressful but I just carry on.

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-Do you feel more responsibility

-when you lamb for someone else?

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-Yes, I think I do.

-They're not your sheep.

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-Eifion and Del have given me an

-opportunity to be here every day.

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-They're away doing other jobs

-sometimes. It's a big opportunity.

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-You're also learning.

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-You take what you learn here

-back home with you.

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-Lambing is the same

-with any sheep...

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-..but the systems are different.

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-Eifion and Del

-lamb every sheep indoors.

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-The sheep are different,

-they're a different breed.

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-The lambs are different

-and there's a different system.

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-Different ideas work better here.

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-When I go home,

-I can try new things.

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-The care is just the same.

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-The care is very important.

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-These lambs are the future

-of the farm.

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-If we don't give these lambs

-a good start in life...

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-..they'll never get

-to the marketplace.

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-It's the most important thing

-on the farm.

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-Let's carry on feeding.

-I'll do the water.

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-It's frozen!

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-Everything's frozen this morning.

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-Everything's frozen!

-I'll fetch more hay.

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-At the age of 27, Caryl's

-already had extensive experience...

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-..in the world of agriculture.

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-Do women have a prominent role

-in the farming world in Wales?

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-I had a great opportunity

-to be an ambassador for the NSA.

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-A dozen of us from across

-the country were chosen.

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-It was a 12-month course and we met

-about six times during that year.

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-I learnt more about

-the sheep sector...

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-..and learnt things

-I would never have done previously.

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-You met the agriculture minister.

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-You met the agriculture minister.

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-Lesley Griffiths visited us.

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-Once again,

-it was an excellent experience...

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-..to show her beforehand

-the work we did on the farm.

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-I showed her the type of farm

-I lived on...

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-..the weaknesses and problems

-we faced.

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-Did you feel she listened to you?

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-Yes, yes. We had a one-to-one chat

-as she was leaving.

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-It was a one-to-one chat.

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-I told her that I was

-a young woman on the farm...

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-..what should I do - should I leave?

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-Or should I stay here

-and farm sheep?

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-She said that if I enjoyed it and

-I thought I had a future there...

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-..I should stay where I was

-and enjoy myself.

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-And that's what you intend doing?

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-Yes.

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-I'm the fifth generation

-to live in Ty Hwnt I'r Afon.

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-I want to continue living there

-and work hard.

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-Have you ever encountered obstacles

-because you're a woman?

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-No, I haven't at all.

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-Some people say they have

-but for me personally, no.

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-The opportunity I had is just

-the same as the one given to a man.

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-I can't see any difference at all.

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-I do my job as well as any man.

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-Good luck to Caryl

-over the next few years.

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-After the break, Alun attends

-a sheepdog sale in Skipton.

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-See you soon.

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-What do you think

-is the value of a sheepdog?

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-If you had a good one,

-you'd say it was priceless.

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-Two years ago, a British-record

-15,000 was paid for a sheepdog...

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-..here at the Skipton sale.

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-I'm here to see how much people

-are willing to pay...

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-..and how the Welsh contingent fare

-this year.

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-Today, 165 dogs will go

-under the hammer.

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-Some are suitable for trials,

-others as working dogs.

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-Many prepare dogs for this sale

-while others sell young dogs...

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-..to be trained at home.

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-We're here with three from Wales.

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-Dewi Jenkins, Karen Price

-and Idwal Griffiths.

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-Since when have you been coming

-to Skipton?

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-I've been selling dogs at Skipton

-for 10 years.

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-I try to be here for every sale,

-whether I'm selling or not.

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-I try and visit every sale

-because that's my holiday.

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-You keep a lot of dogs

-so you need a constant turnover.

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-I try and keep two dogs at home

-to do the work...

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-..but when I have a spare dog,

-I sell it on.

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-Not that I want to sell this one,

-this is one of my favourites.

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-This one's good enough

-for me to keep myself.

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-Dewi Jenkins, High Peak Gem.

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-What kind of bitch is she?

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-She's a good bitch,

-she has a good personality.

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-She's not affected by crowds at all.

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-She's a likeable bitch

-and good at her work.

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-She does everything I ask of her.

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-In terms of selling sheepdogs...

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-..for you, is it diversification,

-a hobby or central to your work?

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-It's an interest,

-more than anything, with the dogs.

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-It happens to be a hobby that

-pays well if you have a good dog.

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-Karen Price, tell me about Flash.

-Did you raise him at home?

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-Yes, I try and raise my own dogs

-if I can.

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-They're out with me at home

-and I've raised quite a few.

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-I wanted to keep one, train him up

-and sell him here today.

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-Why did you decide to come here

-and is this your first visit?

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-I'm very nervous about it.

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-He's at the right age now.

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-I think he'll make a good dog

-for a farmer.

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-I believe this is the best place

-to sell him right now.

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-With so many sheepdogs

-being sold today...

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-..CCM Skipton auctioneers work hard

-to ensure everything runs smoothly.

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-General manager Jeremy Eaton has

-many responsibilities here today.

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-We're fortunate in Skipton,

-it's a great centre...

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-..for people to come from Ireland,

-Scotland, Wales, the continent.

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-They all meet at Skipton.

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-They've come here to meet,

-exchange pups...

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-..talk dogs

-but not necessarily to buy some.

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-I would think the farming trade

-is a little bit slack today.

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-That's understandable.

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-What's attracted you

-all the way to Skipton today?

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-I'm here to find a bitch.

-I've watched a few on Facebook.

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-I just wanted to see what was here.

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-You've come all the way from

-the Netherlands. What attracted you?

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-To see all the dogs

-and catch up with all the people.

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-Catch up with everybody,

-it brings everybody together.

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-It's a nice day out to see

-if you can pick up something nice.

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-There are plenty of people

-looking for a good dog.

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-The first of our trio to sell

-is Karen.

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-He didn't work as well

-as he does at home.

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-It's an experience for him and me.

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-I thought he worked well.

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-The sheep were difficult to control.

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-They know this place,

-they know where to go.

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-They were pulling up there but Flash

-brought them back from that corner.

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-Cheerio, Flash, wherever he goes.

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-He's off to Lockerbie.

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-Sold outside the sale for 2,200.

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-No.85 in the catalogue

-is Dewi Jenkins with High Peak Gem.

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-He's been here in the past and

-had great success for a good price.

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-Congratulations, Dewi,

-how does that feel?

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-It's a good feeling.

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-Did you feel that she'd run well

-and showed enough of herself?

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-Yes, for such a young bitch.

-The sheep weren't easy to control.

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-People were telling me

-on the way in.

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-She wants to go back to the sheep.

-She behaved well.

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-Who's bought her?

-There's an interesting story.

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-I've not had it confirmed but I

-think it's the woman who raised her.

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-Rebecca Spooner's bought her.

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-What does that mean?

-Does she regret selling her to you?

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-She sold her at eight weeks. She's

-just buying back the bloodline.

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-It's been a good day for you.

-Congratulations.

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-That's the best price of the day

-so far.

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-At the moment, yes.

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-Sold for 8,100 guineas.

-Highest price of the day.

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-The last from Wales to run his dog

-was Idwal Griffiths with Gwenno.

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-Congratulations. Good trade today.

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-Yes, indeed.

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-This one will work for anyone.

-She's a faithful bitch.

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-You've been waiting all day

-because you were selling late on.

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-How stressful is that?

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-I've been nervous all day.

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-I've been walking around

-like a headless chicken.

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-I think you'll miss this one.

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-Oh, yes, yes.

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-I will miss her.

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-Looking to the future...

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-..will you be bringing

-something here in May?

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-There's plenty at home.

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-We'll have to start

-on the others now.

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-Sold for 3,300 guineas.

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-A valuable experience

-for Karen Price...

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-..Idwal Griffiths was happy

-with his price...

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-..and Dewi Jenkins

-put Wales on the map once again.

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-That's all for this week.

-Cheerio to you all.

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-S4C Subtitles by Adnod Cyf.

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I gyd-fynd â Diwrnod Rhyngwladol y Menywod, byddwn yn dathlu cyfraniad merched i amaeth. To coincide with International Women's Day we celebrate the contribution of women in agriculture.