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Bydd Meinir yn mwynhau Sadwrn Barlys yn Aberteifi a bydd Alun yn ymweld â milfeddygfa sy'n dathlu carreg filltir arbennig. Barley Saturday in Cardigan & a vets' practice celebra...


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-Hello and welcome to the programme.

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-As you can see, I am among the

-horses and tractors in Cardigan.

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-Traditionally on Barley Saturday,

-farmers would meet up in the town...

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-..to employ workers for the year

-and to inspect stallions.

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-These days, it's the horses and

-tractors which take centre stage.

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-Also on the programme, Daloni visits

-a unique dairy farmer on Lleyn.

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-Originally from Manchester,

-he turned his back on city life...

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-..in order to make a living

-from his love of farming.

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-This town is full of history.

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-Alun has also been here this week...

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-..meeting the official vets

-working at this event.

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-They have reached

-a very special milestone.

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-Agriculture has experienced huge

-challenges over the past 80 years.

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-However, Priory Vets

-in the centre of Cardigan...

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-..is a business

-which has flourished...

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-..and which continues to develop.

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-J E Thomas

-was the founder back in 1935.

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-Here to tell the story

-is his son, Richard Thomas.

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-He started in Newcastle Emlyn

-next to the Red Cow.

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-The lads brought down the horses...

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-..and had a couple of pints

-while the animals were treated.

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-There were no dogs or cats

-in those days.

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-Dogs were spayed on the farmyard.

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-The tom cat in a Wellington boot.

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-That's how it was.

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-He then came to Cardigan...

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-..and rented a room at The Ship,

-a tavern.

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-That's how he started in Cardigan.

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-He used to go out to heal,

-like a paramedic.

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-These days,

-they are so sophisticated...

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-..they use preventative medicine.

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-They treat them

-before anything goes wrong.

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-Some diseases back then

-aren't around any more.

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-How long is it

-since you passed the reins over?

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-At the millennium, in 1999.

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-I decided to go but I don't think

-they've realised I've left yet!

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-There's nothing worse than

-comparing how you used to do things.

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-It's constantly developing.

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-Edward's son has returned.

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-I had two children but no sons.

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-Edward is very lucky that his son

-will follow in his footsteps.

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-I'm confident local boys will come.

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-These days, Edward and Ruth Jones

-are in charge.

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-They own four different sites -

-two in Cardigan, one in Aberaeron...

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-..and they opened a new site

-in Crymych in March.

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-Our practice

-was historically a dairy practice.

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-I came to Cardigan in 1976.

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-That was 40 years ago and

-there were six veterinarians here.

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-We all went out to the farms.

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-A sick dog

-was a bit of a nuisance really.

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-You'd call in to see the dog

-on the way to seeing another cow.

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-The cattle were paramount.

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-Things have changed entirely.

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-The pets are just as important now.

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-In 1976, we were six vets...

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-..with two receptionists

-here in Cardigan.

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-Last year, we were 14 vets...

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-..with three more

-testing exclusively for TB...

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-..and six

-devoted to doing cats and dogs.

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-The company

-looks to be in safe hands...

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-..as Edward and Ruth's son, George,

-has become part of the venture.

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-I grew up watching Dad doing

-caesareans in the dead of night.

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-It didn't necessarily

-make me really want to be a vet...

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-..but it was part

-of my everyday life here.

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-I wanted to come back to this area

-and I'm a people person.

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-I also wanted to work outside.

-That was my ambition.

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-Some day,

-you'll be the boss at this practice.

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-Does that appeal?

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-For my father, it's nice

-that someone is coming through.

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-I'm happy living in this area...

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-..and it'll be convenient

-for me to take over some day.

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-It's clear that everyone here

-at the practice is very content.

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-There are vets working here

-from every corner of the globe.

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-We have some Welsh vets.

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-We also have English vets.

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-Two from Poland.

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-We have one that's just arrived

-from the Netherlands.

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-We've had a vet from Portugal.

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-There's one from Norway.

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-We also have

-a pet specialist from Germany.

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-What's your catchment area?

-You're getting bigger all the time.

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-We're confined on one side

-by the sea.

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-Our semi-circle of influence

-extends almost down to Fishguard...

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-..around to Crymych,

-Trelech, Newcastle Emlyn...

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-..and Llangrannog to the north.

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-Vets have no time to be idle...

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-..rushing back and fore to treat

-all creatures great and small.

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-However, as they celebrate 80 years

-of existence as a company...

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-..it's obvious that a solid

-foundation was laid initially.

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-How pleased are you to be

-a part of this family business?

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-It's nice to work with your parents.

-They've taught me a lot.

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-Dad has instructed me

-on how to be a vet.

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-It's great to have someone

-you can consult with about things.

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-Do you get on well, Edward?

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-Is he a good worker?

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-We get on really well.

-It's a two-way process not one way.

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-I'm learning new things and George

-is picking up the stuff I know.

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-We need young blood.

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-There are only three or four

-of the old boys left now.

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-We have a lot of youngsters

-and they have good ideas.

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-We feed off each other.

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-Back here at Barley Saturday, there

-are horses of every kind on show.

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-Getting them ready for

-the competition ring is hard work.

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-Last week,

-I visited Fronwen Farm, Llanarth...

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-..to see exactly what it takes

-to prepare for the big day.

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-After a bad accident on the farm,

-Wyn and his wife...

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-..decided to sell all the stock

-and focus on horse breeding.

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-Horses have always been

-in Wyn's blood.

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-As well as training them,

-he's also a faithful supporter...

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-..of Barley Saturday and the

-Aberaeron Festival of Ponies & Cobs.

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-Take us back to the very start.

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-I was farming, building,

-concreting and raising children.

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-But everything changed.

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-I was working on the slates

-with a partner.

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-There was an accident

-and I remember nothing else.

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-You remember it well.

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-I was there.

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-They were on the slates

-and he fell 18 feet to the ground.

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-They didn't think he'd live.

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-The ambulance came.

-They told me he died several times.

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-He's now relearnt

-to walk, eat and write for himself.

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-He's still very good at maths.

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-No-one will con him!

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-No, they won't.

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-No, they won't.

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-I don't have any money!

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-It also means

-you've renewed your love of horses.

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-We had to sell all the sheep.

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-Wyn picked it up as a hobby

-to get him out of the house.

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-Instead of sitting in a corner,

-he went to see the mare.

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-Suddenly, there was fresh interest

-and we bought a stallion.

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-You enjoy yourself with the horses.

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-You enjoy yourself with the horses.

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-It's something to do.

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-It keeps me fit

-with the riding and the hunts.

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-Breaking them in

-and buying the odd one.

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-So the horses look their best

-for the occasion...

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-..they need a shampoo and set.

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-Wyn has plenty of friends

-and family willing to help out.

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-Every hair

-is then in the right place.

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-Your job is watching the boys work.

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-It's a change.

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-Why's that?

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-Why's that?

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-I used to do the work.

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-How much of a thrill do you get

-riding the cart around the ring?

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-It's like going through a big town.

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-There are thousands there

-watching you.

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-More than the Royal Welsh.

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-Father called last night.

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-He said the mare was in the field

-and she needed to be done up.

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-I thought it would be

-a 15-minute job.

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-It's a bit longer today.

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-She'll have to be washed

-tonight and tomorrow morning too.

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-You have to bear in mind

-the time of year.

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-These animals haven't really emerged

-from their wintering period yet.

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-They are losing their winter coats

-and we'll have to brush that away.

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-It's a bit rough right now, but by

-tomorrow morning, she'll be shining.

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-We'll go through town with everyone

-clapping and him in the carriage.

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-Look out.

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-Look out.

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-Yes, look out.

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-Wyn's interest in horses

-started when he was a young lad.

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-One of his favourites these days is

-the Andalusian stallion from Spain.

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-What's your secret? I hear you're

-a dab hand at breaking in a horse.

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-I read his mind.

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-Breaking these animals in

-is good for your health too.

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-I have tinnitus.

-That's noise in the head.

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-Everyone who has it

-knows it isn't good company.

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-When I'm on a horse,

-it seems to disappear.

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-It goes quiet.

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-It goes quiet.

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-You're concentrating on the horse.

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-Join us after the break

-to see the family in competition.

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-Daloni also finds out

-how a city boy from Manchester...

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-..has ended up

-owning 400 head of dairy cattle.

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-See you in two minutes.

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-Welcome back.

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-With the amount of competitions

-today, astute judges are required.

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-They include a young Dryslwyn woman

-who's judging for the first time.

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-What are you saying, eh?

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-Lisa, this is your first time

-judging. How did it go?

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-OK, I think.

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-I hope the competitors

-agreed with my choice.

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-I hope to do it again.

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-Why must horse judges look so smart?

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-It's an honour to be asked.

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-There are so many people involved

-with horses in Wales and the UK.

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-You have to accept the invitation

-and look the part.

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-There's no point

-turning up in slippers!

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-It's disrespectful to those who put

-so much effort in behind the scenes.

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-Where did you develop

-your judging skills?

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-A lot of my experience

-comes through the YFC.

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-Putting things in order

-and giving reasons, and so on.

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-I have a lot to thank

-the Young Farmers for.

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-The dairy industry

-is suffering at the moment.

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-But Daloni

-met a young family from Lleyn...

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-..who are going against the flow

-by starting out in the industry.

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-Penllech Bach Farm, Tudweiliog,

-is home to Matthew Jackson...

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-..his partner, Mari Elin, and

-their children, Seren and Sionyn.

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-They farm 240 acres here

-and milk 400 dairy cows.

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-But Matthew's story is different

-to that of most young Welsh farmers.

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-He was born and raised

-in Manchester.

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-He doesn't have

-an agricultural background...

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-..and he left school aged 15.

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-I've been learning Welsh

-for two years.

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-I speak it with the children

-every day.

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-But I don't like speaking...

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-..or rather, I'm not comfortable

-speaking Welsh with older people.

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-I want to go to Nant Gwrtheyrn.

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-I feel that I'm ready now...

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-..to move on to the next step.

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-After spending his holidays and

-every moment possible in Lleyn...

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-..Matthew got a chance

-to start farming.

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-It's a great story...

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-..coming from where he did

-to what he has now.

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-He's done great.

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-So, Matthew started with nothing?

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-So, Matthew started with nothing?

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-Yes, he did.

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-I remember a long time ago...

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-..we looked after Cian and Beca

-and did odd jobs.

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-He'd work with Dilwyn Parc,

-fencing, anything.

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-When he started milking,

-I saw he had a big interest in it.

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-He stuck with that...

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-..and that's how this opportunity

-came about at Home Farm.

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-What's Matthew's secret?

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-I don't know anybody

-who works as hard as he does.

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-Ever since we first got together,

-he has worked every hour of the day.

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-He's quite stubborn as well.

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-If he wants something,

-he works for it and he'll get it.

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-It's obviously worked.

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-There's one thing to say...

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-..about coming here to live, being

-accepted, and people actually...

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-..from Manchester

-not having a clue about farming.

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-Coming here

-and people giving you chances.

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-Realizing

-there might be potential there...

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-..if they're willing

-to give you the chance.

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-Everyone's been really good

-like that.

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-Lending tractors and little things

-that have helped me along the way.

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-Trailers and a van here and there,

-stuff like that.

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-That's been people.

-People make everything work.

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-By now, Matthew is 28...

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-..and in a co-operative

-farming contract with a landowner.

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-Cefnamwlch Estate

-owns the land and buildings...

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-..and Matthew owns the stock.

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-The profit

-is split equally between them.

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-The hard part is making sure

-you find the right person...

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-..to be in a partnership with.

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-Having been to New Zealand twice,

-that's the system he employs here.

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-It's a system which is dependent

-on the pasture.

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-I went to New Zealand to learn

-about the grass graze system.

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-I learnt a lot about milking

-off Gary...

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-..where I lived in the first place.

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-With this system, cows are out

-ten months of the year...

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-..and are grazing top-quality grass.

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-They're a different breed of animal.

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-They're a Jersey cross,

-New Zealand Friesian cross.

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-They convert grass to milk.

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-We put as little bought-in feed

-as possible into them.

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-They produce

-lower amounts of milk...

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-..but higher milk solids

-off grazed grass.

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-Although milk prices are low...

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-..Matthew believes

-there's a way to survive...

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-..and he monitors his costs closely.

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-The price of milk has gone down

-this year, but I like a challenge.

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-My answer to that is I've got

-to get better at what I do...

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-..and reduce the production cost

-of the milk.

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-It's difficult for everyone

-at the moment.

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-But you've just got to do

-the best you can.

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-Where can you cut costs

-with milking?

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-Reducing the bought-in feed

-in the milking parlour.

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-So, it's tight?

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-We're already producing it

-at a very low cost.

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-The fertility side of it

-is one of them.

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-We've got a lot of heifer calves

-coming through.

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-Normally, I'd sell the surplus,

-but they're worth less this year.

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-We're getting rid of the older cows

-and bringing more heifers in.

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-They're better breeding.

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-That's one of the cost cuttings

-with fertility...

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-..as in not using as much

-veterinary intervention this year.

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-Despite all the obstacles

-in agriculture...

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-..Matthew is passionate

-about farming...

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-..and his family's

-way of life in Lleyn.

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-Over the next few years, we'll be

-looking into buying our own farm.

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-I was in New Zealand

-last November...

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-..learning more about goal-setting

-and strategic planning.

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-That's what we need to do next.

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-Put a strategy together

-where we're going to be...

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-..rather than going day to day.

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-Where do you think you'll be

-in ten years, Mari?

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-Not far from here.

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-It'd be nice to have our own farm,

-but not far from Tudweiliog, I hope.

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-The grand parade is about to start.

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-But first, I can't wait to hear

-how it went with the Fronwen family.

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-Wyn, how has your day been?

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-Wyn, how has your day been?

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-Excellent.

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-Everything has been great.

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-How did it go with

-the horse and cart and the stallion?

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-Did you get a ribbon?

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-Did you get a ribbon?

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-Yes, but that's not why I came.

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-Everything was brilliant.

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-What was the general standard

-of the horses today?

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-I didn't get much time to see them.

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-I didn't get much time to see them.

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-You were too busy.

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-A full-time job.

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-You'd have to go far

-to find as good a turnout.

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-What's next for the Fronwen family?

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-No idea.

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-To stick at it and improve.

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-Following hours of judging,

-the champion was Danaway My John...

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-..a nine-year-old stallion

-from the Gwilym Park stud.

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-Congratulations, Dai.

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-You are very successful

-here at Barley Saturday.

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-It's going very well.

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-I'm champion for a second year

-at the show.

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-A different horse,

-but I'm delighted.

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-The tradition has changed a lot.

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-The vintage section has over

-a hundred cars and tractors.

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-In days gone by, the tradition

-was to find a stallion for the year.

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-They could see the stallions here

-and pick one for their mares.

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-What's it like to judge here?

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-It's a great experience

-and a wonderful show.

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-A significant show in Ceredigion.

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-It's a chance for breeders...

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-..to come and pick a stallion

-for their mares...

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-..and good publicity

-for the stallions and their owners.

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-It's a day

-for business and pleasure.

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-How much work is it

-to prepare for a day like this?

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-Last night, the committee

-was getting the barriers ready.

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-At 6.30am today, we set up

-400-500 barriers along the street.

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-We're all stewarding here now.

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-We'll reload the barriers

-onto the trailers.

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-By five o'clock,

-the town will be back as it was.

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-It's been going for centuries,

-and the whole family enjoys it.

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-The children are very interested.

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-It's interesting

-for them to look back.

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-Their parents

-can tell them how things work.

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-The age of the horse.

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-How important is it

-that traditions like this continue?

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-I think it's very important.

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-Once it ends, it'll never come back.

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-That's all from the excitement

-of Barley Saturday.

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-It's nice to see such traditions

-continuing in our communities...

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-..and to see so many turning out...

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-..to appreciate the work

-of the volunteers and exhibitors...

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-..and to enjoy the grand parade.

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-Until next time,

-thanks for joining us and goodbye.

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Bydd Meinir yn mwynhau Sadwrn Barlys yn Aberteifi a bydd Alun yn ymweld â milfeddygfa sy'n dathlu carreg filltir arbennig. Barley Saturday in Cardigan & a vets' practice celebrates 80 years.


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