Mon, 18 Dec 2017 Ffermio


Mon, 18 Dec 2017

Cawn weld sut mae Dafydd Jones wedi newid cyfeiriad a bydd Alun yn cynnig help llaw ar fferm coed Nadolig. A chat to rugby star Dafydd Jones and Alun helps out on a Christmas tr...


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-After hitting the heights

-with Scarlets and Wales...

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-..the story of an ex-player

-and his new life.

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-I get more satisfaction doing this

-than anything I did on the field.

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-Also on the programme, what's on

-the menu for you this Christmas?

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-We meet a farmer who knows

-how to please the customer.

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-There's a demand

-for free range chickens.

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-People want to know

-where they come from.

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-We can see

-that they come from Fishguard.

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-A Christmas tree farm where there's

-plenty of work to keep Alun busy.

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-We'll try one of the big ones

-in the netter.

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-You can pull.

-We'll hold it, you can pull.

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-I see. I need to prepare myself.

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-Welcome to the final Ffermio

-of 2017.

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-A year has flown by.

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-Yes indeed.

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-At Christmas, we celebrate

-all the fresh produce...

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-..produced in our

-farming communities.

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-We often hear about rural pubs

-closing down.

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-This week, we're in the Butchers

-in Llanddarog...

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-..where a former Welsh rugby

-international and his family...

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-..have invested in their future.

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-I'm off to meet them in Porthyrhyd.

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-You two can go in to keep warm

-by the fire. Ta-ra!

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-They're in the right place,

-where they want to be.

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-They're right in

-opposition territory.

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-They're going for it.

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-They've scored the try.

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-Powerful, physical and solid.

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-Words that describe Dafydd Jones

-on the rugby field.

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-He's now swapped the playing field

-for the racecourse.

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-When did you become interested

-in horses?

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-This is a change of direction.

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-It is. I've always had an interest.

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-I used to hunt when I was younger.

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-I always wanted my own racehorse.

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-It started with one

-and that became two.

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-I just get huge satisfaction

-doing this.

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-I've had some success and some luck.

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-It helps build confidence

-to move on.

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-Tell me more about the horses.

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-I raise them to sell them.

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-The foals, I sell them as foals.

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-I keep the fillies on...

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-..in the hope I can breed from them.

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-There are three mares here.

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-I have room for eight

-but I don't want any old mare.

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-I need mares that fit the bill...

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-..to make sure what we produce

-will perform as well as it can.

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-There's nothing guaranteed

-in this game.

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-The competitive streak is evident

-in Dafydd.

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-How does racing compare to rugby?

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-This is a challenge,

-a huge challenge.

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-Everyone wants the best pedigrees.

-I'm like everyone else.

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-You have to get up in the morning

-to feed them.

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-There's a competitive element and

-trade prices are high at the moment.

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-This is a new one, I bought this one

-in Ireland last month.

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-Trade is as high now

-as it's ever been.

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-It's a competitive sector

-but I'm doing things slowly.

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-I'm doing what I can when I can. You

-need some luck like everything else.

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-The three mares I have this year...

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-..when they produce foals

-in springtime...

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-..that's the best time for me.

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-It's a very special time, isn't it?

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-It's fabulous, it's fabulous.

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-It's the highlight of the season

-for me.

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-I don't enjoy the racing element

-so much...

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-..it's what happens at home.

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-One won last week for JP McManus.

-It left here as a four-year-old.

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-It was called Out Of The Loop.

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-They think the world of him.

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-That's the first foal I sold.

-It's such a great feeling.

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-I get more satisfaction doing this

-than anything I did on the field.

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-More than rugby?

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-It's hard to believe, yes, but

-knowing they've been reared here...

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-..it shows that

-what we're doing works.

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-Horses are easier to deal with

-than rugby players!

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-I think that's true,

-I think that's true.

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-I'm not so sure about this one.

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-This one's a naughty one.

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-What's the target for these horses?

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-I just want to rear more winners,

-it's as simple as that.

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-There's no time for this family

-to reminisce about the past.

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-As well as the horses,

-Dafydd and his wife, Lynwen...

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-..have bought the Butchers

-in Llanddarog.

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-Well, Lynwen and Dafydd,

-it's odd to see you behind the bar.

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-It's a real career change.

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-It's been a complete

-change of career.

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-I was a teacher for over 15 years.

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-I was ready for a new challenge,

-a new career.

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-Had you ever dreamt

-about owning a pub?

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-Not a pub, no. Daf wanted ideas

-of businesses we could run.

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-We were also thinking

-about the children's futures too.

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-Life has changed

-for the whole family.

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-Yes, it has.

-Things have changed for us and them.

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-It's very evident

-that you're working hard here.

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-I believe you get out

-what you put in.

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-That's the biggest challenge.

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-It's been a busy time for us

-over the past six months.

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-It's incredible how many people

-have been in to support us.

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-We have to praise the staff.

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-From the very first day,

-they've all been fantastic.

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-We often see rural pubs

-closing down.

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-It's nice to see someone taking on

-the challenge of keeping one open.

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-Since the first day, we've been

-very lucky with the local community.

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-The locals have all been fantastic.

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-The customers of the former owners

-continue to come here.

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-We've also attracted

-new regular customers.

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-It's a place where the community

-can meet regularly.

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-We're new to the area. Lynwen's

-from Farmers, I'm from Llanarth.

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-We've moved here and been welcomed

-in Porthyrhyd and Llanddarog.

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-The welcome has been incredible.

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-We've met a lot of the pub's

-local customers.

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-We feel very fortunate to be part

-of a very close-knit community.

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-We enjoy seeing people

-coming here to enjoy good food...

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-..have a drink and enjoy themselves.

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-Well, Meinir, I hope you have

-some racehorse tips for us.

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-If I did,

-I wouldn't be sharing them.

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-I hope you've been busy peeling

-potatoes or doing something useful.

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-Peeling potatoes?

-I've done no such thing.

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-But I have been sorting them out.

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-Do you know precisely

-what you're eating this Christmas?

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-When you look at the plate of food

-in front of you...

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-..are you confident

-that you're eating Welsh produce?

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-According to figures published

-by the NFU...

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-..almost 60% of Welsh people

-last year...

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-..had no idea if the produce

-on the plate in front of them...

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-..was from Wales.

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-Only 18% of us ate a turkey

-that was reared in Wales.

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-Less than 30% of Welsh people

-ate potatoes grown in this country.

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-I'm visiting one potato farmer

-from Lleyn...

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-..as he fills his potato sacks

-for Christmas.

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-Hirdre Fawr is located

-between Edern and Tudweiliog.

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-They milk almost 400 cattle

-and grow four acres of potatoes.

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-Our family have been here

-since 1700.

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-When did the family

-start growing potatoes?

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-They've grown potatoes

-almost the entire time.

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-When did you get involved

-in that tradition?

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-When we bought the machine

-to lift potatoes from the field.

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-We plant Wilja potatoes.

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-Why Wilja?

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-Why Wilja?

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-Everyone likes them.

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-The potatoes at Hirdre Fawr

-are planted in April.

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-They're taken

-from the ground in July.

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-All the potatoes are stored

-inside for the winter by September.

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-How many potatoes

-do you grow in a season?

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-Between 15 and 20 tonnes per acre.

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-There's some waste in that too.

-They end up feeding the cows.

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-You can get up to 80 tonnes.

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-Between everything.

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-Are you surprised that

-so few people buy Welsh potatoes...

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-..for their Christmas dinner?

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-Yes, but they shop in supermarkets

-and buy their potatoes from there.

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-They get everything

-in the supermarkets.

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-Now is helped by his son, Robert.

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-What will you do with these?

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-We'll feed these to the cattle

-in the shed.

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-There's no real wastage here.

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-No, the cattle enjoy eating them.

-It's not a problem for them.

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-Gareth Wyn, Now's cousin,

-also helps him.

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-How many hors

-do you spend here every day?

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-I'm here twice a week.

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-How many sacks do you sell

-this time of year?

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-We sell about 60 a week.

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-Do you really?

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-Gareth's stealing my potatoes!

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-You'd best be quick

-or they'll be gone!

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-Jacket potatoes.

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-# Potatoes, jacket potatoes #

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-It's busy.

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-Now delivers to local shops,

-hotels and restaurants.

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-Do you enjoy it?

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-Yes, I enjoy every minute of it.

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-I'm used to it.

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-You're the Hirdre potato king.

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-That's a catchy title!

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-It is true what they say.

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-If you have a sack of potatoes

-at home...

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-..you can make a quick

-and simple meal.

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-A huge sack for 8.

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-You can't go wrong with that.

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-You can't beat it. I'm looking

-forward to eating this meal.

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-After the break, join me in my quest

-to find a Christmas tree.

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-See you soon!

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-No Christmas would be complete

-without decorating the house.

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-The Christmas tree

-is central to that.

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-Whether it's artificial or real...

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-..7m will be sold

-across Britain this year.

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-Hundreds will come from here...

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-..Parcyrhos, Blaencwrt,

-Llanwnnen in Ceredigion.

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-Gareth and Wendy Evans...

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-..have been growing trees

-on their land for nine years.

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-They started selling them

-three years ago.

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-Gareth, Wendy, where did you get

-the idea of buying and selling...

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-..Christmas trees?

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-It's something unusual.

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-We have 30 acres of land.

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-We couldn't make a living with it

-one way or the other.

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-We wanted a hobby but also

-a source of extra income.

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-The income comes

-in a small space of time...

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-..but you invest your time

-over a long period.

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-We grow the trees for seven years

-before we cut them down.

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-What did you know about

-growing trees before you started?

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-Not much, to be honest.

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-We had a friend

-in a neighbouring village...

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-..who used to run a pub.

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-He had one field of Christmas trees.

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-We spoke to him

-and took it from there.

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-We're still learning.

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-What does the customer like

-these days?

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-Is any one particular size

-popular in general?

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-Every customer is different.

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-I might not like the tree

-on our presentation stand...

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-..but a customer

-might love the tree.

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-Some want a bushy tree while others

-want a tall, thinner tree.

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-Everyone is different.

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-There's a lot of variety.

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-Four different kinds of trees

-are grown here.

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-Norway Spruce, Nordman Fir,

-Fraser Fir and Noble Fir.

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-There's a variety

-in type and size...

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-..which is essential

-to appeal to the customer.

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-How does your year shape up

-in terms of the trees?

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-Is there anything

-you have to do every month?

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-After Christmas,

-we check the trees every February.

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-We trim them back.

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-That helps them keep their shape.

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-We don't want them growing too big.

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-Like people, you have some tall

-trees and you have some wide trees.

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-All the trees are different.

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-We don't use any chemicals

-or fertiliser.

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-They grow completely naturally.

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-The Christmas tree

-is a Christmas tree.

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-You also have interesting sheep -

-two very rare breeds.

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-We normally keep Llanwenog sheep.

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-I was told that the Shropshire sheep

-would live around the trees...

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-..and not eat them.

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-Come to think of it, Llanwenog sheep

-came from a Shropshire ram...

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-..and a Llanllwni mountain sheep.

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-We keep Llanwenog sheep in the field

-around Christmas time...

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-..and they behave themselves.

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-To keep the grass height down.

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-Otherwise the grass would grow

-and ruin the trees.

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-Yes.

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-We've cut this tree down. What's

-happening to this tree tonight?

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-Is there a local event?

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-If you have time, you can help me

-pull it through the netter.

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-We'll load it on the trailer...

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-..and there's late-night shopping

-in Lampeter tonight.

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-You don't deal in a lot of weight

-- they're quite light.

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-We'll try one of the big ones

-in the netter.

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-You can pull.

-We'll hold it, you can pull.

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-I see.

-I've got to prepare myself now.

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-Grab the base.

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-Shake it up and down.

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-That's like pulling a calf.

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-It's a good one.

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-I'd say you enjoy what you're doing.

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-It's nice to get something

-out of your own ground.

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-We have a small area

-to grow trees...

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-..so it's more of a hobby

-than anything else.

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-You bring happiness

-into people's lives...

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-..at a time of celebration.

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-Christmas is a very special time

-to spend with family and friends.

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-For me, personally, one of the

-highlights is the plucking work.

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-Here, on Cilshafe Farm,

-I'm in my element.

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-There are feathers

-and birds everywhere.

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-I keep chickens and turkeys

-on our farm at home.

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-Martyn and Danielle Lloyd...

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-..keep thousands of turkeys, geese,

-ducks and chickens near Fishguard.

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-Traditionally, a goose was the

-chosen meat for Christmas dinner.

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-These days,

-two-thirds of us now choose turkey.

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-We're expected to eat 10m turkeys

-this year.

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-We need many families

-like the Lloyds...

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-..to ensure

-that no-one is left disappointed.

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-We're a family farm.

-Dani and I do everything ourselves.

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-We receive customer feedback,

-there's no middle man.

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-Customers phone me up and

-I have to serve them straight away.

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-That's very important these days.

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-Absolutely.

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-After a Farming Connect meeting

-in Fishguard...

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-..the family decided to keep

-poultry and grabbed the opportunity.

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-There was a gap in the market

-for free rang chickens.

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-Dani said, "Oh, we can do that."

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-We started off with 30 chickens.

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-That's how it all started.

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-The business

-has developed considerably.

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-They now keep 10,000 birds...

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-..a significant increase

-over 10 years.

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-Who plucks and opens the poultry?

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-I kill the poultry.

-I have staff who pluck the poultry.

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-Dani opens them up and dresses them.

-She does everything.

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-Wow, she works very hard, I'd say.

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-Absolutely.

-She's a workhorse. Absolutely.

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-Danielle doesn't have

-a farming background...

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-..but she's totally committed

-to the work.

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-I do all the dressing

-of the chickens.

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-Once they're dressed,

-they go into the chiller.

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-They're weighed up and sent out

-to farm shops and butchers.

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-Was it difficult

-moving into farming life?

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-No. When I was a kid, I wanted

-to be a lorry driver or farmer.

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-We did that, both of them,

-didn't we?

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-So yes, it's enjoyable. I wouldn't

-want to work for anyone else.

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-Yes, nice.

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-With four children

-and one on the way in January...

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-..there's plenty of work here

-for Martyn and Danielle.

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-They do all the hard work

-to keep their customers happy.

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-Of course, looking after

-the farm business is crucial.

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-How much of a difference have

-these birds done to your business...

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-..compared to the time

-this was a beef and sheep farm?

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-Massive, massive.

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-We have about 50% more turnover.

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-There's a demand

-for free range chickens.

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-People want to know

-where they come from.

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-We can see

-that they come from Fishguard.

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-They're enjoying themselves today.

-It's great to see.

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-The sea's very close too.

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-One simple fact

-falls in their favour.

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-From Fishguard to Chepstow,

-no other farm is free range...

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-..like our farm.

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-The poultry isn't the only thing

-keeping them busy.

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-They have another enterprise

-which ties everything together.

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-There's a farm shop in Fishguard.

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-We also have a cafe

-and a restaurant next door.

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-Mainly selling produce

-from this farm?

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-We sell everything from this farm

-in the shop.

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-How do you cope with all the work?

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-I enjoy what I do.

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-I don't want to do anything else.

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-It's been great talking to people...

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-..who make the most of the land

-under their feet...

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-..and make our experience

-of Christmas as local as possible.

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-It's also nice to see people

-who work hard succeeding.

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-That's all for another year.

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-Thank you to each

-and every one of you...

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-..for your support and company

-throughout the year.

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-We'll see you again on 2018.

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-From the three of us...

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-Merry Christmas.

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Cawn weld sut mae Dafydd Jones wedi newid cyfeiriad a bydd Alun yn cynnig help llaw ar fferm coed Nadolig. A chat to rugby star Dafydd Jones and Alun helps out on a Christmas tree farm.


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