Mon, 23 Oct 2017 Ffermio


Mon, 23 Oct 2017

Y tro hwn, cawn glywed am brofiadau ffermwyr sydd wedi dioddef damweiniau fferm. We hear from farmers who have been involved in farm accidents and attend a farm health and safet...


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-With so many serious accidents

-on farms...

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-..should farmers change their

-attitude towards health and safety?

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-Accidents happen. You must take the

-correct steps to ensure they don't.

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-Also on the programme...

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-..we visit Gareth Wyn Jones,

-a social media star...

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-..who farms on the Welsh uplands,

-as he prepares for the future.

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-It's important to search

-for a ram...

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-..which will survive

-and produce meat...

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-..from the most difficult terrain

-to farm in Wales.

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-And the secrets

-of a good beef farmer.

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-They liked the fact

-that we concentrated...

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-..on the technology

-and the accuracy.

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-If someone asked you to name

-the most dangerous industry...

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-..some of you would say

-building, engineering work...

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-..or the emergency services.

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-According to statistics, agriculture

-is the most dangerous industry.

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-On average, a farmworker has died

-every nine days in the UK...

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-..over the past decade.

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-Last year,

-30 people died in farming accidents.

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-Four died in Wales.

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-One fortunate farmer who survived

-a fall from a shed roof...

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-..is Meurig Harries

-from Wolf's Castle.

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-On the day,

-the builder had rung me...

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-..to tell me he was coming to put

-a new roof on the Monday.

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-We needed to remove the old roof

-on the Saturday.

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-I thought I could save 1,000

-doing it myself.

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-I was up there

-and I had some walk boards.

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-I grabbed the cable and pulled it.

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-I stood back over the walk board

-and fell through the sheets.

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-I landed on the concrete.

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-How badly injured were you?

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-A dislocated shoulder and my pelvis

-was cracked in four places.

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-I also hit my head

-but my head was fine.

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-Farmers work closely with

-their animals from day to day...

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-..but sometimes,

-the unexpected can happen...

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-..and conditions

-can change quickly.

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-This happened

-to one farmer from Preseli...

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-..when her dog followed her

-to the field.

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-I was walking up the field

-as I'd done many times before.

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-I was checking the animals.

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-When I was halfway up the field...

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-..I could see them looking down

-towards the corner of the field.

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-Suckler cows and their calves?

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-Yes. I looked back to see

-what they had spotted.

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-My Springer spaniel had followed me.

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-I saw him run out of the field...

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-..but as I turned back,

-I saw the cows, their heads down...

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-..and they were coming for me.

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-Then they knocked me to the ground,

-I stood up...

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-..and they knocked me down again.

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-I thought to myself, "No, you're

-not going to knock me down again."

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-I had to stay down on the ground

-so I curled up into a ball...

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-..with my head in my hands.

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-I waited on the ground for a while.

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-They were pushing me

-around the place...

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-..they trampled on me and they

-broke all my ribs on one side.

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-They then punctured my lung.

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-The specialist told me

-in the hospital...

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-..had I not rolled up on the ground,

-I wouldn't be here today.

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-According to statistics, half the

-people killed are over 65 years old.

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-Young people also suffer

-serious injuries.

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-One of those

-is Rhys Lewis from Machynlleth.

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-I'd been chopping wood all morning.

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-Everything was fine.

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-After lunch, we went back down.

-Dad was with me.

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-It was the first tree after lunch.

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-I heard the crack.

-Then I turned my back on the tree.

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-I started to run away.

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-The tree swung around

-and I was hit on the back.

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-I remember passing out

-and coming round.

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-I shouted to Dad.

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-Of course, two saws were still

-running, Dad couldn't hear a thing.

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-I remember passing out again.

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-When I came round, Dad had

-realised something was wrong.

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-An air ambulance to Stoke-on-Trent.

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-I had an operation

-to stabilise my back.

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-Two rods, 12 pins, into my back.

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-I'll be in a wheelchair

-for the rest of my life.

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-It's taken time to work out ways

-to get back to work.

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-I've found a tractor,

-I've had a lift adapted for it.

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-It allows me to get in and out.

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-It's good being able

-to return to work...

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-..but it's still

-a bit frustrating...

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-..having to rely on someone

-being around...

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-..just to switch on a machine.

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-The things you took for granted...

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-..someone has to be there

-all the time.

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-For farmers that pay the price...

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-..there are important lessons

-to learn.

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-As you look back, would you

-have done something differently?

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-I would have found a builder

-to complete the whole job.

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-To save 1,000, it was nothing

-compared to what I eventually lost.

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-I had to pay someone

-to come in and milk the cows.

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-It also affected my business.

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-It cost me a lot more.

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-You were relatively lucky.

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-You were relatively lucky.

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-Very lucky, very lucky.

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-It could have been a lot worse.

-I could have died.

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-Has something changed

-since the accident?

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-For me? I won't venture

-into the field on my own anymore.

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-Only in a vehicle.

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-I'll help my husband and sons...

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-..but I make sure I'm safe and

-I don't turn my back on the animals.

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-Accidents happen.

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-You must take the correct steps

-to ensure they don't.

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-Just try and decrease the risk

-of something happening...

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-..is the message I'd give.

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-Farm accidents

-can have a long-term effect...

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-..on farmers and their families.

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-Later in the programme,

-Alun attends a special event...

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-..which offers farmers advice

-about farm safety.

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-Next, let's join a familiar

-farming face, Gareth Wyn Jones.

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-Gareth farms 2,000 acres

-of uplands in Llanfairfechan, Conwy.

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-He's one of seven partners

-in the business.

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-Today, they're getting ready

-for a special day.

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-We're on our way

-to the Aber ram sale.

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-That was the sale for us as kids.

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-It was held in Abergwyngregyn...

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-..until we had

-the foot and mouth outbreak.

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-Now, it's held

-at Morgan Evans in Gaerwen.

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-It's an important time for us

-as hill farmers.

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-We're searching for the best rams

-that are close to what we want...

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-..on the Welsh hills.

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-It's important to search

-for a ram...

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-..that will survive

-and produce meat...

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-..from the most difficult terrain

-to live in Wales.

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-We're selling

-about six of our own today...

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-..and we're looking for some lambs,

-about 18 months old...

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-..and an old ram too.

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-We'll see!

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-We're numbering the rams.

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-People will know

-what they're buying.

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-This is important.

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-We'll know

-if there's a prize on offer...

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-..which number has won

-when we sell them!

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-Have you been bribing the judge?

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-These are in their work clothes,

-straight from the field.

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-They haven't been washed

-or shampooed like the show animals.

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-I think that's important.

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-People don't see them

-at their worst...

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-..but as they should be naturally.

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-We give them a brush down - everyone

-needs a brush down before work!

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-The main things we look for.

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-Teeth, nicely coloured...

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-..a good head...

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-..bone...

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-..shoulder...

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-..good quality wool

-that can withstand the weather.

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-You need a good pair of these -

-that's important.

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-You really need those!

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-Thank you.

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-Thank you. Spot on.

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-The young and the old!

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-Cheeky!

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-What am I?! I know I'm third.

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-The cup goes to a family...

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-..that have worked hard rearing rams

-in Llanfairfechan for years.

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-It's his great-grandfather's trophy

-- the Wil Gwyndy Cup.

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-It's something

-that's close to us all as a family.

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-It's time to shop.

-We're looking around for a ram.

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-Something similar to what we want.

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-These are the same generation.

-They live close to our hills.

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-They're very similar

-to what we're searching for.

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-The ram lamb

-will be born in April.

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-It'll be on the mountain throughout

-the summer, from May onwards.

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-It's important that the ram

-can look after itself...

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-..and that it can turn grass

-into meat by eating it.

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-It's important to keep animals

-that are fit for purpose...

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-..that will do that job.

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-In a way, you want a lamb

-that's had a hard time...

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-..and grown through it.

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-If you have something

-that's lived in a nice place...

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-..it won't survive

-in harsher conditions.

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-We keep commercial sheep and we like

-to buy one or two expensive ones.

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-We put those with the best ewes.

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-Most of the time, we're looking

-for something that suits us...

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-..for the right price.

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-We've just bought a ram

-from Dafydd Coetmor.

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-He's on the same mountain as ours,

-the other side of the mountain.

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-They're a similar type.

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-We've paid 150 for it.

-It's 18 months old.

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-We felt it was a good price

-for the ram.

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-It's a good place to buy today.

-He's buying another one now!

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-Watch out!

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-There we go. We're spending, lads!

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-Don't come with us too often!

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-We bought 10.

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-Strong rams.

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-They'll do.

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-Yes, they're good.

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-1,200 for 10.

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-That works out at 120 average.

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-That's a very reasonable price.

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-It was a buyer's market today.

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-You need two people

-to place a bid...

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-..to raise the price.

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-Two farmers

-must like the same thing.

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-That's what makes

-some of the rams really expensive.

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-Picking them is easy,

-buying them is a different thing.

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-Nice. That's another day over, lads.

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-There you go.

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-This is where our year starts.

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-Without these rams, we wouldn't

-have lambs and nothing to sell.

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-It does start here with these rams.

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-It's so important to buy well

-and that they work 100% for us.

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-You can see how they run

-around the field.

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-They all look healthy,

-no problems with their feet.

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-I'm confident that these

-will serve a lot of ewes...

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-..and will make

-a lot of money for us...

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-..and bring some fresh stock

-to the farm.

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-A great day in the mart for Gareth.

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-We'll look forward to

-catching up with him again soon.

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-After the break, Alun visits

-a health and safety training day.

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-I'll meet beef farmers

-from the Conwy Valley...

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-..who've just received

-a major accolade.

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-Looking after sheep and cattle...

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-..driving tractors,

-renovating buildings...

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-..are just some of

-the everyday tasks facing farmers.

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-How many of us consider health

-and safety on a daily basis?

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-I'm visiting the Rhug Estate

-for a special day for farmers.

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-Here, you can receive information

-about how to do the work safer.

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-Lantra coordinates training services

-for farmers of all ages.

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-Farm safety

-is at the top of that list.

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-The event is organised jointly with

-the Health and Safety Executive.

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-Irwedd Griffiths works

-with the training groups...

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-..of Bro Gele and Bro Hiraethog.

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-I've learnt a lot. I've seen things

-I hadn't considered before.

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-I've heard about accidents

-they've witnessed here.

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-It's frightened me -

-they could easily happen at home.

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-I've seen machinery that I would

-consider dangerous, quad bikes...

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-..but there's also the gases and

-chemicals we handle on the farm...

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-..and the cattle crushes.

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-A six-month old calf can do a lot

-of damage - it can knock you over.

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-Today's a very beneficial day.

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-It's nice to see everyone asking

-questions and listening attentively.

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-One man who worked very closely with

-Lantra to organise this event...

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-..is Brian Rees, chair of

-the Wales Farm Safety Partnership.

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-Our main purpose in life is to try

-and encourage the organisations...

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-.and the farmers in Wales

-to think about health and safety...

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-..and try implement a few things

-on their farms...

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-..to try and save some of the

-terrible carnage we have on farms.

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-Almost 300 farmers

-attended the event.

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-How did they benefit

-from the training?

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-Driving motorbikes on steep terrain

-- I'm guilty myself.

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-I've had some scares.

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-It's important to learn

-how to drive properly.

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-I've had an accident

-on the farm myself...

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-..from doing the wrong thigs.

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-When you attend events like this,

-it reminds you what to do.

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-It's a reminder and makes you

-think twice about a situation.

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-It's not funny - we can all laugh

-at people who've had accidents...

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-..but I think we should take things

-a little more seriously.

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-There are a lot of dangers.

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-There's a dark side

-to the most useful of things.

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-If you hit your thumb with a hammer,

-it hurts!

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-You can get hurt using

-the simplest tools in the world.

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-Be careful, life is dangerous.

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-With so many aspects

-to consider on any farm...

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-..what are the main messages

-that come out of these events?

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-The greatest one for me today

-is the motorbike.

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-With any machinery,

-proper training is so important...

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-..to allow the farmer to cover

-himself if something goes wrong.

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-Things can happen so quickly.

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-We know that if you switch off

-for a split second...

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-..accidents can happen so suddenly.

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-We have to cover ourselves

-every time in case these happen.

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-At the end of the day, if you ask

-someone to work, you're responsible.

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-You're the one that needs

-to do the due diligence...

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-..to check everything out.

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-Less of us work on our farms

-these days...

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-..which means a lot of the work

-is done by individuals.

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-There's a tendency

-to try and cut corners.

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-After hearing

-all the stories here today...

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-..it's important to take a moment

-and do things properly...

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-..to make sure we're still here

-tomorrow to carry on working.

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-The Farmers Weekly awards

-have been held for years.

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-We must have some good farmers

-in Wales.

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-Over the past five years...

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-..the award for

-Beef Farmer of the Year...

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-..has ended up in Wales four times.

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-This year,

-it reached the Conwy Valley.

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-Paul and Dwynwen Williams,

-Cae Haidd, Nebo, Llanrwst...

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-..have farmed here for four years.

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-During this short period time,

-they've worked very hard.

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-We were here earlier in the year

-to see them with their sheep.

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-They've also been working hard

-with their beef cattle too.

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-We had such a shock

-when they called our names out.

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-It took us a while to stand up.

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-We felt like we were in a bubble,

-it was incredible.

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-Had you half expected

-to win the award, Dwynwen?

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-Not at all. The honour

-of being there was enough.

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-The fact that we won

-was a great honour and privilege.

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-We hadn't expected it.

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-What did the judges say?

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-They liked the fact that we

-concentrated on the technology...

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-..and the small detail.

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-It's the accuracy of what

-we're doing and what we want to do.

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-What we do here suits Cae Haidd.

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-I wouldn't think of telling others

-what to do.

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-Every farm is different.

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-Paul and Dwynwen won the award

-for farming beef cattle.

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-What makes the system

-in Cae Haidd so special?

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-Our calving season

-starts in January.

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-We try and finish

-by the end of March, early April.

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-We want the cattle

-to produce a calf...

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-..and take a bull before

-they go out during the spring.

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-How many cattle do you keep?

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-How many cattle do you keep?

-

-We have around 50 cattle right now.

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-We'll definitely have 50

-by this time next year.

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-What part of your system impressed

-the judges of Farmers Weekly?

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-Our use of technology with the herd.

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-We place collars

-around their necks...

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-..which helps us monitor

-when they're ready to take a bull.

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-We use the Moocall on their tails

-when they're calving.

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-That monitors that.

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-And the fact

-that we use genetics...

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-..we're into the EBVs

-and we cost them.

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-We've kept the herd's costs

-since 1999.

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-After calving, what happens then?

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-We sell the cattle as stores

-between 16-20 months old...

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-..usually in the autumn.

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-What's your target

-with the beef cattle?

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-We want to reach 50 initially...

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-..and do as well as we can

-with that.

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-It's a system that requires

-very little input.

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-We're trying to increase the output

-as much as we can.

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-We just feel that there's

-a market for the beef.

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-I feel safer with the beef market

-right now than the sheep market.

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-Beef Farmer of the Year.

-It has a nice ring to it!

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-It has, yes.

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-We're still getting over the shock.

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-It's an honour -

-it only happens once in life.

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-Well, who knows? Who knows?

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-No, we won't have a year

-like this ever again.

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-Yes, well done, Paul and Dwynwen.

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-Congratulations to them.

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-That's it for another week.

-Thank you for your company.

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-We'll see you again next week.

-Goodbye!

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