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Mon, 19 Jun 2017

Y tro hwn, cawn glywed oblygiadau canlyniadau'r Etholiad Cyffredinol ar y diwydiant amaeth. Today's programme looks at the effect the General Election result will have on agricu...


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-The post-mortem

-into the General Election continues.

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-There might be some hope for farmers

-following the result.

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-I'll speak to Tweli Griffiths

-about the result's significance.

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-Alun discovers how a scheme

-that compares rams...

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-..can add to farm profits.

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-The relationship between farmers and

-supermarkets is often challenging.

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-Meinir attended an open day

-with one supermarket...

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-..intent on selling

-more local produce.

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-Back in the 15th century...

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-..Owain Glyndwr succeeded

-in uniting Wales for a time.

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-With the government facing

-important negotiations...

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-..the Prime Minister

-must create a consensus...

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-..to represent the country

-during the Brexit talks.

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-We're outside Owain Glyndwr's

-parliament in Machynlleth.

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-It's old history, but present events

-are a concern for Welsh farmers.

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-What are the implications

-of the election for farmers?

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-I think the situation looks better

-for agriculture, to be honest.

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-There won't be a hard Brexit.

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-There will be some kind

-of soft Brexit.

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-More importantly, even though we

-won't stay in the single market...

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-..there will be

-a greater emphasis...

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-..on securing continued trade

-with Europe...

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-..and that it will continue

-to be tariff-free.

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-That's good news

-for Welsh farmers...

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-..in terms of selling

-their produce overseas.

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-How have the unions reacted?

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-Well, we must remember what the

-unions wanted before the election.

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-They wanted to continue trading

-with Europe tariff-free...

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-..and they wanted

-the same level of funding...

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-..as they receive now

-through the CAP.

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-That's what the unions wanted

-before the election.

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-Right now,

-a few days after the result...

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-..I don't think they know

-what will happen...

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-..but I do think the situation

-is more hopeful...

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-..in terms of trading

-with European countries...

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-..and the new man in Defra,

-Michael Gove, has said...

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-..that the financial package

-will remain on the same level...

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-..as the CAP until 2022.

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-Things don't look too bleak

-right now.

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-The situation in Scotland

-has changed - will that affect us?

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-Yes, in terms of the overall picture

-on the future of Brexit.

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-The Tories, under the charismatic

-leadership of Ruth Davidson...

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-..increased their MPs

-from one to 13.

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-There are 12 additional Tories

-in parliament from Scotland.

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-Theresa May

-will rely heavily on them.

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-Ruth Davidson believes

-in an "open, not closed" Brexit.

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-She travelled down to London to meet

-Theresa May after the election...

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-..and told her that Brexit no longer

-belonged to only the Tories.

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-The process has to be widened to

-include the other political parties.

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-That suggests to me, once again...

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-..that there will be

-a greater emphasis...

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-..on securing trade

-with European countries.

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-Could there be

-a second Brexit referendum...

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-..because the situation

-has changed so much?

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-I don't think so.

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-When we talk about a soft Brexit,

-which is likely to happen...

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-..what do we think it is?

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-We'll still come out

-of the European Union...

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-..we'll still leave

-the Single Market.

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-That's what the Brexit supporters

-continue to support...

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-..but there will be a conditional

-departure from Europe...

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-..as they seek to secure the free

-market access for our produce...

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-..in Wales and Britain.

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-Thanks for now, Tweli. We'll talk

-further about Michael Gove later.

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-We'll also talk about the DUP.

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-Alun's in Llansawel to find out

-if a genetic development...

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-..can help increase profits

-for sheep farmers.

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-Pistyll Gwyn farm

-is the location for the event.

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-This is the only Welsh farm that's

-part of the RamCompare scheme.

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-It was set up to promote progress

-in the sheep sector...

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-..through genetic improvements.

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-The scheme aims to gather data

-from farms and abattoirs...

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-..to complete

-a genetic evaluation...

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-..and analyse the performance of ram

-breeds across the United Kingdom.

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-Sion and Claire Williams

-are the owners of Pistyll Gwyn.

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-They've been busy

-preparing for the visit...

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-..on their 750-acre holding.

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-They have 2,500 Aberfield sheep

-and commercial Welsh ewes.

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-They also have 400 Aberfield rams.

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-This is our second year

-with RamCompare.

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-The deal was to host an event

-on the farm at some point...

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-..either in the first

-or second year.

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-Which breeds have you chosen?

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-It's possible to use

-six different rams.

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-The six breeds are...

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-..Charollais, Suffolk,

-Texel, Meatlinc, Hampshire...

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-..and two from one breed.

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-That makes six.

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-We chose the Meatlinc because

-we hadn't tried it before.

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-We wanted to see

-how it would work on our sheep.

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-The Meatlinc

-is a combination of breeds.

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-Yes, that's the only breed

-with a combination of all five.

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-All these breeds are available

-but they suit different farms.

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-We're in Wales, other farms do it

-in England and Scotland.

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-The terrain is different,

-the weather is different...

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-..and the different breeds

-will perform differently...

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-..in different places.

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-It's a chance to see which breeds

-perform well in your area.

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-This is the first time

-they'll go head-to-head.

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-Hopefully, the result will be

-a combined breed analysis...

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-..at the end

-that the farmer can use.

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-How important is the

-relationship with the abattoir...

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-..for you and your business?

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-When they're in the abattoir,

-you get the weights and grades.

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-On top of that,

-they do a meat yield...

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-..to see how much bone and meat

-is on the carcass.

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-It's called RamCompare

-and yet in a way...

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-..it's the output of that ram

-that's most important.

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-Absolutely. The project is the

-test of the progeny of that ram.

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-When you go as a commercial sheep

-farmer to buy a ram with EBVs...

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-..effectively, you want to know...

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-..that he's going to do

-what it says on the tin.

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-I suppose the best example

-we've got is...

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-..this season we've sent our first

-batch of lambs, killed at 10 weeks.

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-16 E and 14 U grades, 19.5 kilos.

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-These are the results we want

-as commercial sheep farmers.

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-It's having faith and trust in

-the system that EBVs are working.

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-Looking ahead, with Brexit looming,

-I pose this question to everyone...

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-..is this part of the preparation

-for a future without subsidies...

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-..or a completely new system for

-supporting farming in the future?

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-I think we need

-to keep an eye out...

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-..and make the system

-as efficient as we can.

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-This is a way to choose

-the best sheep from the flock...

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-..and the best rams

-to use on those sheep...

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-..to make sure we get the best

-out of the land and the stock.

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-Meat Promotion Wales is one

-of the 14 partners in the project.

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-Gwawr Parry

-is their development officer.

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-This is so important to the

-sheep industry of Great Britain.

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-It's important that we in Wales

-can influence the results...

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-..to allow us to relate it

-to the Welsh sheep industry.

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-We can also communicate

-with farmers...

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-..to help them benefit

-from the information.

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-The data is so important. The

-more you have, the more you want.

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-It gives you a better picture

-of what works best and worst.

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-If you can get rid of the worst...

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-..it will have an effect

-on the farm's bottom line.

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-The genetic pool is available

-to farmers across the country.

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-It gives them a better idea

-which ones to choose...

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-..to create the fattest lamb.

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-Five other farms outside of Wales

-are part of this scheme.

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-Bridget Lloyd is the coordinator.

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-New Zealand, Australia and Ireland

-have had central progeny tests...

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-..running for a number of years.

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-That helps develop the promotion

-of performance-recorded genetics.

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-In November we'll be launching

-the early results...

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-..at the sheep breeders'

-round table.

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-The results will look like lists

-of the top 25 sires.

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-We've tested over 70 rams.

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-We don't expect one ram to feature

-at the top of every list...

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-..because it will be

-for different traits.

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-It keeps the genetic information

-on these sires fresher...

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-..and more relevant to the industry.

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-A good crowd

-have gathered here today...

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-..with Sion and Claire sharing

-their experiences about the project.

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-What was the response

-from the farmers?

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-We've learnt how they compare

-the rams and how they've performed.

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-We can see the lambs born this year.

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-It gives you a good insight

-into the job.

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-We can look forward

-to buying the rams now...

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-..and knowing what to buy.

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-A lot of work has happened, a lot

-of information has been recorded.

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-As Claire said at the start...

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-..they bought a farm

-and they have to pay for it.

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-They've looked into everything.

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-It's a lot to take in

-and take home with us.

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-It's been an inspiration today,

-especially from Claire and Sion.

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-They're facing

-a very real situation.

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-They're a couple

-who were eager to farm...

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-..and it's hard work to try

-and realise a dream.

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-We have to pay attention to what

-they're doing to realise that dream.

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-They way they've worked

-with genetics has inspired me.

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-The farmers are happy.

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-What are Sion's plans

-for the scheme and the future?

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-A lot of farmers turned up today

-to learn about the project...

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-..and see how the different rams

-could work at home on their farms.

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-I'd like to think that lambing out

-is the future for us.

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-Our costs rise every year

-when we lamb in...

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-..between everything

-we put into these sheep...

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-..when they're in the sheds

-at winter.

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-I can't tell you what kind of

-weather we should expect next year.

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-This year has been perfect

-for lambing out...

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-..but we'll try and rear sheep

-we can lamb out naturally...

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-..to try and reduce our costs

-and have more lambs eventually.

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-Once we get the data back

-for the two years...

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-..what will help us...

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-..hopefully, a breed of ram will

-stand out which suits our sheep.

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-That's the ram we'll pick...

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-..because it helps us produce

-fat lambs for the abattoir.

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-That's it for now.

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-After the break,

-I'll be speaking to Tweli Griffiths.

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-Will the post-election situation

-benefit Welsh farmers...

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-..as we face

-the Brexit negotiations?

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-Welcome back.

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-Coalitions and cooperation are

-no strangers to Welsh politics...

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-..from the days of Owain Glyndwr

-to present-day Cardiff Bay.

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-How will it work in Westminster?

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-Theresa May will have to rely

-on the support...

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-..of 10 DUP MPs

-from Northern Ireland.

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-It seems likely that they will help

-her in the short-term...

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-..but she won't be able to present

-any contentious measures...

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-..to parliament...

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-..especially measures that wouldn't

-be supported by her own MPs.

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-Only a small number of Tory MPs

-need to vote against her...

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-..and that could cause her

-to lose her role as Prime Minister.

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-It's a very uncomfortable

-position and she may struggle...

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-..to push important policies

-through parliament.

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-It's quite possible that we'll see

-another General Election this year.

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-How supportive are the DUP

-to farmers?

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-They are supportive since

-agriculture is so important...

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-..to the people

-of Northern Ireland.

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-They are likely to support

-a soft Brexit...

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-..because they don't want

-a hard border...

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-..between Northern Ireland

-and the Republic of Ireland.

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-They want that freedom of trade

-to continue.

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-They're likely to be an influence

-in terms of a soft Brexit.

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-Things could arise to cause

-friction between the DUP and May.

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-Then we'd see a problem.

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-The new minister, Michael Gove,

-is he a farmer's friend?

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-I don't think we know yet.

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-He's a talented man, he's a man

-that can master a brief very well.

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-He's a man that likes

-to change things.

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-He caused havoc as David Cameron's

-education minister.

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-He incensed unions, teachers

-and local authorities.

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-In the end,

-he was removed from his job...

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-..because he risked losing

-support for the Tories.

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-We don't know yet

-what he'll do in Defra.

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-He doesn't have

-an agricultural background...

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-..but he will certainly master

-the brief he's just been handed.

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-What he'll make of that,

-I really don't think we know yet.

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-And the most important question.

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-Does the future look bright

-for Welsh farmers?

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-Is there hope

-or is it time to worry?

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-I think farmers had cause to worry

-after the European referendum...

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-..because there were fears

-about the market...

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-..for Welsh farmers' produce

-in the rest of Europe.

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-I'm now more hopeful for

-the interests of Welsh farmers...

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-..because a new emphasis

-will be put...

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-..on securing that market

-for our produce.

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-On the whole, I think farmers

-will be more hopeful...

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-..after that last election.

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-As things stand now,

-is the right political party...

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-..for Welsh farmers

-governing in Westminster?

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-That's a huge question.

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-If you look at manifestos of

-the parties during the campaign...

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-..there was little difference

-between them in truth.

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-I don't think farmers can show faith

-in one party more than another.

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-I think that any party

-in government...

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-..has to accept the reality

-of the Brexit negotiations.

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-The priority now is to ensure

-that farmers' interests...

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-..are given enough attention.

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-That's true for whatever party will

-be in government in a year's time.

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-Thank you, Tweli.

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-There's been a lot of stories

-in the press...

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-..about supermarkets

-buying cheap imports.

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-Have they finally realised

-the importance...

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-..of supporting local produce?

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-Only half of the food

-eaten in the United Kingdom...

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-..is produced by our farmers

-according to a British Food report.

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-This is a cause for concern

-for many...

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-..especially with

-the uncertainty of Brexit.

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-I'm here at Llanarth Village Hall

-near Abergavenny...

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-..to find out if there's light

-at the end of the tunnel...

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-..for local food producers in Wales.

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-Morrisons are searching for the best

-local producers to feed the country.

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-The United Kingdom should be more

-self-sufficient in food production.

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-The manager of the Abergavenny

-branch is Blair Havard.

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-Customers were asking us

-to sell more local produce.

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-70 Welsh food producers asked us

-if we could stock their products.

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-The 16 finalists

-are here with us today.

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-Our customers are tasting their

-food and scoring the produce.

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-From there, we'll decide

-which product to stock.

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-There's also an interview

-with the buyer after this.

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-In about 12 weeks' time, these

-products could be on the shelf.

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-We export 18bn's worth of food

-and import 39bn's worth of food.

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-There's definitely room here

-for more local producers.

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-One producer hoping to sell

-to this supermarket...

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-..is Amanda Tidey

-from Preseli Bluestone Meats.

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-Since we are a small company...

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-..it's difficult for us

-to meet our customers.

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-To have an opportunity like this

-to showcase our produce...

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-..for the public,

-we hope it will be excellent.

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-What's the response been like?

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-We've heard so many good things said

-about our food.

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-That's given us confidence to

-believe we're doing something right.

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-We're happy that we can offer

-something to the public.

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-With the uncertainty of Brexit

-at the moment...

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-..we hope we'll have the opportunity

-to sell Welsh pork in supermarkets.

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-A lot of pork is currently imported.

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-Two thirds of the shops Morrisons

-interviewed for their research...

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-..stated that they would rather buy

-British produce where possible.

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-Cig Calon Cymru are hoping to

-supply meat to the supermarket.

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-It feels like it's been

-a successful day.

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-People have been very positive,

-they've shown a lot of interest...

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-..in the produce, the business

-and the business location.

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-But you don't know -

-is it something they want?

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-How much of a difference

-could this make to your business?

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-A huge difference

-in terms of prestige...

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-..to get a foot in the door

-of a supermarket.

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-It makes people think that you're

-a company that's worth dealing with.

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-When you're in with one,

-it might open the door to another.

0:21:440:21:47

-Yes, it's very important.

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-How difficult has it been

-getting that one foot in the door?

0:21:500:21:53

-It's very difficult, unless you have

-that something they really want.

0:21:540:22:00

-Lowri Thomas from Gwella, travelled

-from Llanfarian, Aberystwyth.

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-What are your impressions

-of the event?

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-It's been good.

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-Even if we don't get

-our opportunity with Morrisons...

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-..it's a chance to get people from

-a different area to try the produce.

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-It spreads the word

-about the produce.

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-It's an unique product.

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-Yes, and that's the response today.

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-A lot of people have told us

-they haven't see this before.

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-They've never tasted cured lamb.

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-Following Brexit, is it more

-important to try something new?

0:22:410:22:48

-I think it is.

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-If we have to pay a premium

-to import something from Europe...

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-..we have to look closer to home

-for that produce.

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-Making different products

-from Welsh lamb...

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-..will benefit all farmers in Wales.

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-That's all for this week.

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-We're back at the same time

-next week. Goodbye.

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Y tro hwn, cawn glywed oblygiadau canlyniadau'r Etholiad Cyffredinol ar y diwydiant amaeth. Today's programme looks at the effect the General Election result will have on agriculture.


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