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
-..should farmers change their
-attitude towards health and safety?
-Accidents happen. You must take the
-correct steps to ensure they don't.
-Also on the programme...
-..we visit Gareth Wyn Jones,
-a social media star...
-..who farms on the Welsh uplands,
-as he prepares for the future.
-It's important to search
-for a ram...
-..which will survive
-and produce meat...
-..from the most difficult terrain
-to farm in Wales.
-And the secrets
-of a good beef farmer.
-They liked the fact
-that we concentrated...
-..on the technology
-and the accuracy.
-If someone asked you to name
-the most dangerous industry...
-..some of you would say
-building, engineering work...
-..or the emergency services.
-According to statistics, agriculture
-is the most dangerous industry.
-On average, a farmworker has died
-every nine days in the UK...
-..over the past decade.
-30 people died in farming accidents.
-Four died in Wales.
-One fortunate farmer who survived
-a fall from a shed roof...
-..is Meurig Harries
-from Wolf's Castle.
-On the day,
-the builder had rung me...
-..to tell me he was coming to put
-a new roof on the Monday.
-We needed to remove the old roof
-on the Saturday.
-I thought I could save 1,000
-doing it myself.
-I was up there
-and I had some walk boards.
-I grabbed the cable and pulled it.
-I stood back over the walk board
-and fell through the sheets.
-I landed on the concrete.
-How badly injured were you?
-A dislocated shoulder and my pelvis
-was cracked in four places.
-I also hit my head
-but my head was fine.
-Farmers work closely with
-their animals from day to day...
-the unexpected can happen...
-can change quickly.
-to one farmer from Preseli...
-..when her dog followed her
-to the field.
-I was walking up the field
-as I'd done many times before.
-I was checking the animals.
-When I was halfway up the field...
-..I could see them looking down
-towards the corner of the field.
-Suckler cows and their calves?
-Yes. I looked back to see
-what they had spotted.
-My Springer spaniel had followed me.
-I saw him run out of the field...
-..but as I turned back,
-I saw the cows, their heads down...
-..and they were coming for me.
-Then they knocked me to the ground,
-I stood up...
-..and they knocked me down again.
-I thought to myself, "No, you're
-not going to knock me down again."
-I had to stay down on the ground
-so I curled up into a ball...
-..with my head in my hands.
-I waited on the ground for a while.
-They were pushing me
-around the place...
-..they trampled on me and they
-broke all my ribs on one side.
-They then punctured my lung.
-The specialist told me
-in the hospital...
-..had I not rolled up on the ground,
-I wouldn't be here today.
-According to statistics, half the
-people killed are over 65 years old.
-Young people also suffer
-One of those
-is Rhys Lewis from Machynlleth.
-I'd been chopping wood all morning.
-Everything was fine.
-After lunch, we went back down.
-Dad was with me.
-It was the first tree after lunch.
-I heard the crack.
-Then I turned my back on the tree.
-I started to run away.
-The tree swung around
-and I was hit on the back.
-I remember passing out
-and coming round.
-I shouted to Dad.
-Of course, two saws were still
-running, Dad couldn't hear a thing.
-I remember passing out again.
-When I came round, Dad had
-realised something was wrong.
-An air ambulance to Stoke-on-Trent.
-I had an operation
-to stabilise my back.
-Two rods, 12 pins, into my back.
-I'll be in a wheelchair
-for the rest of my life.
-It's taken time to work out ways
-to get back to work.
-I've found a tractor,
-I've had a lift adapted for it.
-It allows me to get in and out.
-It's good being able
-to return to work...
-..but it's still
-a bit frustrating...
-..having to rely on someone
-..just to switch on a machine.
-The things you took for granted...
-..someone has to be there
-all the time.
-For farmers that pay the price...
-..there are important lessons
-As you look back, would you
-have done something differently?
-I would have found a builder
-to complete the whole job.
-To save 1,000, it was nothing
-compared to what I eventually lost.
-I had to pay someone
-to come in and milk the cows.
-It also affected my business.
-It cost me a lot more.
-You were relatively lucky.
-You were relatively lucky.
-Very lucky, very lucky.
-It could have been a lot worse.
-I could have died.
-Has something changed
-since the accident?
-For me? I won't venture
-into the field on my own anymore.
-Only in a vehicle.
-I'll help my husband and sons...
-..but I make sure I'm safe and
-I don't turn my back on the animals.
-You must take the correct steps
-to ensure they don't.
-Just try and decrease the risk
-of something happening...
-..is the message I'd give.
-can have a long-term effect...
-..on farmers and their families.
-Later in the programme,
-Alun attends a special event...
-..which offers farmers advice
-about farm safety.
-Next, let's join a familiar
-farming face, Gareth Wyn Jones.
-Gareth farms 2,000 acres
-of uplands in Llanfairfechan, Conwy.
-He's one of seven partners
-in the business.
-Today, they're getting ready
-for a special day.
-We're on our way
-to the Aber ram sale.
-That was the sale for us as kids.
-It was held in Abergwyngregyn...
-..until we had
-the foot and mouth outbreak.
-Now, it's held
-at Morgan Evans in Gaerwen.
-It's an important time for us
-as hill farmers.
-We're searching for the best rams
-that are close to what we want...
-..on the Welsh hills.
-It's important to search
-for a ram...
-..that will survive
-and produce meat...
-..from the most difficult terrain
-to live in Wales.
-about six of our own today...
-..and we're looking for some lambs,
-about 18 months old...
-..and an old ram too.
-We're numbering the rams.
-People will know
-what they're buying.
-This is important.
-if there's a prize on offer...
-..which number has won
-when we sell them!
-Have you been bribing the judge?
-These are in their work clothes,
-straight from the field.
-They haven't been washed
-or shampooed like the show animals.
-I think that's important.
-People don't see them
-at their worst...
-..but as they should be naturally.
-We give them a brush down - everyone
-needs a brush down before work!
-The main things we look for.
-Teeth, nicely coloured...
-..a good head...
-..good quality wool
-that can withstand the weather.
-You need a good pair of these -
-You really need those!
-Thank you. Spot on.
-The young and the old!
-What am I?! I know I'm third.
-The cup goes to a family...
-..that have worked hard rearing rams
-in Llanfairfechan for years.
-It's his great-grandfather's trophy
-- the Wil Gwyndy Cup.
-that's close to us all as a family.
-It's time to shop.
-We're looking around for a ram.
-Something similar to what we want.
-These are the same generation.
-They live close to our hills.
-They're very similar
-to what we're searching for.
-The ram lamb
-will be born in April.
-It'll be on the mountain throughout
-the summer, from May onwards.
-It's important that the ram
-can look after itself...
-..and that it can turn grass
-into meat by eating it.
-It's important to keep animals
-that are fit for purpose...
-..that will do that job.
-In a way, you want a lamb
-that's had a hard time...
-..and grown through it.
-If you have something
-that's lived in a nice place...
-..it won't survive
-in harsher conditions.
-We keep commercial sheep and we like
-to buy one or two expensive ones.
-We put those with the best ewes.
-Most of the time, we're looking
-for something that suits us...
-..for the right price.
-We've just bought a ram
-from Dafydd Coetmor.
-He's on the same mountain as ours,
-the other side of the mountain.
-They're a similar type.
-We've paid 150 for it.
-It's 18 months old.
-We felt it was a good price
-for the ram.
-It's a good place to buy today.
-He's buying another one now!
-There we go. We're spending, lads!
-Don't come with us too often!
-We bought 10.
-Yes, they're good.
-1,200 for 10.
-That works out at 120 average.
-That's a very reasonable price.
-It was a buyer's market today.
-You need two people
-to place a bid...
-..to raise the price.
-must like the same thing.
-That's what makes
-some of the rams really expensive.
-Picking them is easy,
-buying them is a different thing.
-Nice. That's another day over, lads.
-There you go.
-This is where our year starts.
-Without these rams, we wouldn't
-have lambs and nothing to sell.
-It does start here with these rams.
-It's so important to buy well
-and that they work 100% for us.
-You can see how they run
-around the field.
-They all look healthy,
-no problems with their feet.
-I'm confident that these
-will serve a lot of ewes...
-..and will make
-a lot of money for us...
-..and bring some fresh stock
-to the farm.
-A great day in the mart for Gareth.
-We'll look forward to
-catching up with him again soon.
-After the break, Alun visits
-a health and safety training day.
-I'll meet beef farmers
-from the Conwy Valley...
-..who've just received
-a major accolade.
-Looking after sheep and cattle...
-..are just some of
-the everyday tasks facing farmers.
-How many of us consider health
-and safety on a daily basis?
-I'm visiting the Rhug Estate
-for a special day for farmers.
-Here, you can receive information
-about how to do the work safer.
-Lantra coordinates training services
-for farmers of all ages.
-is at the top of that list.
-The event is organised jointly with
-the Health and Safety Executive.
-Irwedd Griffiths works
-with the training groups...
-..of Bro Gele and Bro Hiraethog.
-I've learnt a lot. I've seen things
-I hadn't considered before.
-I've heard about accidents
-they've witnessed here.
-It's frightened me -
-they could easily happen at home.
-I've seen machinery that I would
-consider dangerous, quad bikes...
-..but there's also the gases and
-chemicals we handle on the farm...
-..and the cattle crushes.
-A six-month old calf can do a lot
-of damage - it can knock you over.
-Today's a very beneficial day.
-It's nice to see everyone asking
-questions and listening attentively.
-One man who worked very closely with
-Lantra to organise this event...
-..is Brian Rees, chair of
-the Wales Farm Safety Partnership.
-Our main purpose in life is to try
-and encourage the organisations...
-.and the farmers in Wales
-to think about health and safety...
-..and try implement a few things
-on their farms...
-..to try and save some of the
-terrible carnage we have on farms.
-Almost 300 farmers
-attended the event.
-How did they benefit
-from the training?
-Driving motorbikes on steep terrain
-- I'm guilty myself.
-I've had some scares.
-It's important to learn
-how to drive properly.
-I've had an accident
-on the farm myself...
-..from doing the wrong thigs.
-When you attend events like this,
-it reminds you what to do.
-It's a reminder and makes you
-think twice about a situation.
-It's not funny - we can all laugh
-at people who've had accidents...
-..but I think we should take things
-a little more seriously.
-There are a lot of dangers.
-There's a dark side
-to the most useful of things.
-If you hit your thumb with a hammer,
-You can get hurt using
-the simplest tools in the world.
-Be careful, life is dangerous.
-With so many aspects
-to consider on any farm...
-..what are the main messages
-that come out of these events?
-The greatest one for me today
-is the motorbike.
-With any machinery,
-proper training is so important...
-..to allow the farmer to cover
-himself if something goes wrong.
-Things can happen so quickly.
-We know that if you switch off
-for a split second...
-..accidents can happen so suddenly.
-We have to cover ourselves
-every time in case these happen.
-At the end of the day, if you ask
-someone to work, you're responsible.
-You're the one that needs
-to do the due diligence...
-..to check everything out.
-Less of us work on our farms
-..which means a lot of the work
-is done by individuals.
-There's a tendency
-to try and cut corners.
-all the stories here today...
-..it's important to take a moment
-and do things properly...
-..to make sure we're still here
-tomorrow to carry on working.
-The Farmers Weekly awards
-have been held for years.
-We must have some good farmers
-Over the past five years...
-..the award for
-Beef Farmer of the Year...
-..has ended up in Wales four times.
-it reached the Conwy Valley.
-Paul and Dwynwen Williams,
-Cae Haidd, Nebo, Llanrwst...
-..have farmed here for four years.
-During this short period time,
-they've worked very hard.
-We were here earlier in the year
-to see them with their sheep.
-They've also been working hard
-with their beef cattle too.
-We had such a shock
-when they called our names out.
-It took us a while to stand up.
-We felt like we were in a bubble,
-it was incredible.
-Had you half expected
-to win the award, Dwynwen?
-Not at all. The honour
-of being there was enough.
-The fact that we won
-was a great honour and privilege.
-We hadn't expected it.
-What did the judges say?
-They liked the fact that we
-concentrated on the technology...
-..and the small detail.
-It's the accuracy of what
-we're doing and what we want to do.
-What we do here suits Cae Haidd.
-I wouldn't think of telling others
-what to do.
-Every farm is different.
-Paul and Dwynwen won the award
-for farming beef cattle.
-What makes the system
-in Cae Haidd so special?
-Our calving season
-starts in January.
-We try and finish
-by the end of March, early April.
-We want the cattle
-to produce a calf...
-..and take a bull before
-they go out during the spring.
-How many cattle do you keep?
-How many cattle do you keep?
-We have around 50 cattle right now.
-We'll definitely have 50
-by this time next year.
-What part of your system impressed
-the judges of Farmers Weekly?
-Our use of technology with the herd.
-We place collars
-around their necks...
-..which helps us monitor
-when they're ready to take a bull.
-We use the Moocall on their tails
-when they're calving.
-That monitors that.
-And the fact
-that we use genetics...
-..we're into the EBVs
-and we cost them.
-We've kept the herd's costs
-After calving, what happens then?
-We sell the cattle as stores
-between 16-20 months old...
-..usually in the autumn.
-What's your target
-with the beef cattle?
-We want to reach 50 initially...
-..and do as well as we can
-It's a system that requires
-very little input.
-We're trying to increase the output
-as much as we can.
-We just feel that there's
-a market for the beef.
-I feel safer with the beef market
-right now than the sheep market.
-Beef Farmer of the Year.
-It has a nice ring to it!
-It has, yes.
-We're still getting over the shock.
-It's an honour -
-it only happens once in life.
-Well, who knows? Who knows?
-No, we won't have a year
-like this ever again.
-Yes, well done, Paul and Dwynwen.
-Congratulations to them.
-That's it for another week.
-Thank you for your company.
-We'll see you again next week.
-S4C Subtitles by Adnod Cyf.
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 safety advice day.