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Mon, 11 Apr 2016

Bydd Daloni yn edrych ar sut mae un criw o ffermwyr yn gobeithio rhoi mwy o lais i gynhyrchwyr llaeth. Daloni finds out how some farmers are hoping to give milk producers more say.


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-Hello and welcome to Ffermio.

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-It's springtime, so of course,

-the weather is terrible!

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-It's a challenging time

-but also a time to celebrate.

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-Farmers are now reaping the benefits

-of last year's work.

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-With every birth, we know

-that there is only one chance.

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-Today, I'm visiting a family farm

-near Ponterwyd.

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-They're busy welcoming new lives

-to the world at the moment.

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-Also, many companies have lowered

-milk prices again this month.

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-Daloni visits members

-of the Agrisgop group...

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-..who are considering

-setting up a society...

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-..able to negotiate terms

-directly with processors.

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-First, it costs 6 million a year

-to run the Wales Air Ambulance.

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-It's a charity, and totally reliant

-on donations from the public.

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-120 of the calls received

-by the Wales Air Ambulance...

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-..come from

-the agricultural community.

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-Small wonder that rural residents

-work hard to raise funds for it.

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-Recently, Meinir followed

-one Ceredigion YFC club...

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-..as they did just that.

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-Tractor runs are very popular

-in rural areas...

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-..and they raise thousands of pounds

-for charity every year.

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-This year, Penparc YFC in Ceredigion

-is organizing a unique journey.

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-They will leave this port

-in Fishguard...

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-..and travel all the way

-to Holyhead!

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-The seven tractors

-and the 50 members and supporters...

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-..will travel over 175 miles

-to complete their journey.

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-They have four days

-to complete the challenge.

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-The money raised will be divided

-between Wales Air Ambulance...

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-..and the club itself.

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-At the beginning, doing

-an old tractors run sounded great.

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-Brilliant. No cabs. Fantastic.

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-We didn't think about the fact

-that it would be in March!

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-We never thought about the rain,

-let alone the chance it might snow!

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-But we've arranged it,

-and here we are eight months later!

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-It's the biggest challenge ever

-for the club.

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-We've never done anything

-like this before.

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-All the members

-have pulled together.

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-We must thank those companies

-and individuals...

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-..who have sponsored us.

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-It's also a very worthy charity.

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-Indeed. People rely on the service.

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-We live in Cardigan, an hour

-from Carmarthen and Aberystwyth.

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-The Air Ambulance is used a lot.

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-The service is completely reliant

-on people's donations.

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-Accepting the honour

-of being President...

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-..and starting the run

-officially...

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-..was well-known radio presenter

-Geraint Lloyd.

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-It's a real honour.

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-I'm so glad to be doing something

-for the YFC to begin with.

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-I was a member a good few years ago

-at Lledrod YFC!

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-I won't tell you exactly when.

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-I won't tell you exactly when.

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-A few years ago.

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-YFC clubs have adapted

-over the years.

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-They've played a very important role

-in rural areas.

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-Just think about

-what Penparc YFC are doing.

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-Going all the way from Fishguard

-to Holyhead is quite a challenge.

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-Not only for the drivers and the

-teams, but also for the tractors!

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-We tend to forget them.

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-They haven't been designed for this.

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-They were used

-on small 50-acre farms.

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-It is a challenge

-but they all look good.

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-I think they'll all

-complete the journey.

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-Quite a journey

-for seven old tractors.

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-The person making sure they all

-run smoothly is Dyfed Symmons...

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-..owner of five out of the seven.

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-There's been quite a lot

-of preparatory work.

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-We had to change the oil

-and fill them with diesel.

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-A few had a bit of make-up -

-some blue paint and so on!

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-But it was freezing this morning

-and five of them wouldn't start!

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-A good start!

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-They all started until today,

-but I've had trouble today.

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-That's how it goes.

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-You're in your trainers.

-Are you ready to go?

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-Yes. We're ready. We're in our

-trainers. We have waterproofs too.

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-We're prepared!

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-The Air Ambulance is very important

-for people in our area.

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-Without the Air Ambulance...

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-..the situation would be

-difficult in some places.

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-It's nice for the club to be able

-to give something back.

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-What are you most concerned about?

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-That someone breaks down!

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-We have a vanload of tools

-ahead of us...

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-..so if we do break down,

-we'll be alright.

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-Do you have a thick cushion ready?

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-No!

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-On the second day of the journey,

-a break on Aberystwyth's prom...

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-..to have some food and carry out

-some maintenance on the tractors.

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-We've had one or two hiccups,

-the odd diesel pipe slacking off.

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-But everyone's been

-respectable enough on the road.

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-We haven't had too many people

-making bad signs at us!

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-It's gone quite well.

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-We've had a lovely lunch

-at the Marine Hotel in Aberystwyth.

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-We'll go around Aberystwyth once...

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-..before heading to Tal-y-bont

-and Machynlleth.

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-After four days of driving,

-over 175 miles...

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-..and 500 worth of fuel...

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-..the tractors and their passengers

-have arrived in Holyhead!

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-How would you sum up the journey?

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-Amazing!

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-Amazing. Drivers on the road

-were good as well, fair play.

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-It was a long way.

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-I think Osian got a bit of abuse

-at the back...

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-..but by the time they got to me at

-the front they were waving flat out!

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-We're glad that Wales supported us

-throughout this venture. Thank you!

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-I'm glad it's over.

-We had a lot of fun on the journey.

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-We've worked really hard

-and I'm really tired!

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-They've had fine weather

-and poor weather, but they made it.

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-I wondered what they were doing

-when I first heard about it.

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-By the time we work out how much

-they've raised, we'll be very proud.

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-I'm Dyfed's father and

-I'm very proud of what they've done.

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-We've been preparing the tractors

-since October.

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-About 19 of us worked on them

-in total.

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-Everything has gone really well.

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-I hope we won't have anything to pay

-on repairs when we get home!

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-The little mare has arrived!

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-I'm sure you're very proud.

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-I'm sure you're very proud.

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-Yes. I think I've found a new woman!

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-It's been an emotional journey

-as well.

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-I'm an emotional wreck! I'm not

-usually like this. Unforgettable.

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-I'm so proud of them all.

-It's unbelievable.

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-How much money roughly

-have you raised?

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-We're hoping to raise about 10,000.

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-It's an incredible sum

-but I really hope we've achieved it.

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-It's an honour being President.

-I've had just as much fun as them.

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-There's a brilliant team

-of hard-working leaders...

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-..behind the youngsters.

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-That's true in so many clubs -

-that's what keeps the YFC going.

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-That support is constant.

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-I'm sure some of the young members

-will remember this forever.

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-All I can say

-is congratulations to them.

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-Congratulations to them.

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-We'll take a break now.

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-Join me again shortly when I'll be

-among our native breeds...

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-..with the family

-at Brynglas, Ponterwyd.

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-Don't go away.

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-Welcome back.

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-With milk prices in the headlines

-since the start of the year...

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-..Agrisgop has considered setting up

-a dairy producers' organization...

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-..with the intention of

-discussing prices with processors.

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-Daloni has more.

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-This group has come about

-through a Farming Connect scheme...

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-..to discuss the dairy producers'

-organization or DPO.

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-The aim is to give a strong voice

-to dairy farmers...

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-..in discussions with processors.

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-The group's spokesperson, and

-NFU Cymru's Milk Board Chairman...

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-..is Aled Jones.

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-Aled milks 300 cows

-here on Hendy farm, Caernarfon.

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-The group came together

-almost two years ago.

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-The group's been researching

-into DPOs.

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-We've done a lot of work.

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-We're also lucky to have received

-sponsorship from AHDB Dairy...

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-..to commission a report

-on this subject.

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-That report

-has been published recently.

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-What's next?

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-We'll use the report...

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-..to try and teach

-Welsh milk producers about DPOs...

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-..but more and that...

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-..the implications of forming a DPO.

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-What work needs to be done.

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-What the advantages and stumbling

-blocks are before starting.

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-Then, once that vision is clear,

-that we begin forming DPOs.

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-What will a DPO do

-that's different to what unions do?

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-A DPO has a legal right

-to represent farmers.

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-An union is a lobbying group.

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-It can't represent farmers...

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-..in discussions

-on prices and so on.

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-DPOs have been a success

-all over Europe.

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-But can that be replicated

-in Wales?

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-Tom Jones from Maes Mawr Farm,

-Llanfechell...

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-..is a former Dairy Crest director

-and is also a member of Agrisgop.

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-In parts of Germany especially...

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-..farmers

-who supply private companies...

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-..come together as a group...

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-..and draw up group contracts

-with the buyers...

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-..rather than individual ones.

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-In Germany too...

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-..there's a body...

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-..which oversees all the DPOs.

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-That gives them more power...

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-..in the way they go about

-selling milk to these companies.

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-Do you think such a scheme

-would work in Wales?

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-Let's look at what we have

-at the moment.

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-Here's an example.

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-A farmer from Anglesey

-received a letter a few days ago...

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-..saying that the price of his milk

-was going down to 16p in May.

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-There wasn't much discussion there.

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-It was more or less

-a diktat from the company...

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-..saying this is the price in May.

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-This is before

-the seasonal adjustment in price.

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-Over the last few weeks...

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-..we've heard about Tata losing

-1 million a day in Port Talbot.

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-It's a difficult situation there.

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-Across Britain...

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-..dairy farmers are currently losing

-more than 1 million a day.

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-Agrisgop's facilitator

-is Geraint Hughes.

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-I sensed there was interest

-across Wales to look into DPOs.

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-People were aware

-that it was a model...

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-..that some European countries

-had used successfully.

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-There was very little information

-about it in Britain.

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-The members must now increase

-awareness and understanding...

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-..of what the DPO model can offer...

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-..not only for farmers

-but for processors too.

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-The processing company

-Dairy Crest...

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-..is the only company in Britain

-which offers the DPO service.

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-Gareth Richards

-has been part of the group.

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-He farms Alltyfyrddin, Abergwili.

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-The advantages

-are that farms can join forces.

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-The group can then discuss

-with the processor on their behalf.

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-The disadvantage would be if

-the group wanted to set up a DPO...

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-..and then finds out that

-the processor wouldn't accept it.

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-They're not duty-bound

-to accept it.

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-Some people have said that this is

-the wrong time to set up a DPO.

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-But to start off,

-we have to have producers...

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-..to get used

-to wanting to join forces.

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-This is the best time to do it

-with prices so low.

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-In a while, when milk prices

-hopefully start to get better...

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-..and production decreases...

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-..the processors will see...

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-..what the advantages are for them.

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-It's something

-that will develop slowly.

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-It will gather a bit of momentum

-as it goes on.

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-This isn't something

-we can do tomorrow.

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-It needs time to develop.

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-With the dairy industry suffering

-over the past year and a half...

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-..how much of a help

-would DPOs be in Wales?

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-I accept

-that the period we're in now...

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-..is the hardest we've been in

-for many a year.

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-Having a DPO today

-wouldn't have made much difference.

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-We have to look into this now...

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-..so when we're

-in this situation again...

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-..a stronger DPO

-would have been set up.

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-The DPO is a structure

-that would give the producer...

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-..a bit more power

-than in the current situation.

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-A copy of Agrisgop's report

-is available at AHDB Dairy.

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-The website address is below.

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-The Welsh Black

-is the iconic cattle breed in Wales.

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-To ensure the breed lives on...

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-..it's crucial that committed

-young people farm them.

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-Angharad Davies

-is a 17-year-old girl...

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-..from Brynglas Farm, Ponterwyd,

-Ceredigion.

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-She's been raised

-among the Welsh Blacks.

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-The breed's been in the family

-for almost 70 years.

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-Angharad, if I can interrupt.

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-Tell me about him.

-He looks quite a steer.

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-He'll be going to the Winter Fair,

-hopefully.

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-You're thinking about that now,

-in April.

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-Yes, if they look good

-when they're born...

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-..we think about taking them

-to the Winter Fair.

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-If they're not bulls,

-they can be steers.

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-Do you mostly focus on Welsh Blacks

-in terms of exhibiting?

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-We have Welsh Blacks

-in the summer shows.

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-We have a lot of cattle

-that are...

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-..cross-breeds.

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-For the Winter Fair,

-we rear a lot of them ourselves.

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-A lot are Welsh Black cross-breeds.

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-Others are Lim-cross

-and Belgian-cross too.

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-For how long

-have you exhibited them?

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-As long as I can remember.

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-We have photos of me exhibiting

-at six years old.

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-Are you not scared at all?

-You haven't had any bad experiences?

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-I'm never scared of them.

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-I'm careful around them

-but never scared.

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-I'll let you carry on.

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-I'll let you carry on.

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-Thank you.

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-More wind?

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-More wind?

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-If you want, OK.

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-Thanks.

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-I've got a proper job at last -

-a switchman!

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-Speak to her as you go.

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-Come on.

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-Very nice, Angharad.

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-What about her?

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-She's a heifer I showed in the YFC's

-with calf competition last year.

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-Do you exhibit her often?

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-Before the Winter Fair, yes,

-but lambing's taken over now.

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-She'll be shown more

-before the Royal Welsh.

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-What's the balance like between the

-commercial and Welsh Black cattle?

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-How many Welsh Black cattle

-do you have?

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-Ten Welsh Black breeding cows

-and four or five commercials.

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-But the Welsh Blacks take priority.

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-Is that

-because they suit your type of farm?

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-It's a hill farm, so you need

-something tough to handle it.

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-The whole family

-shares the interest in Welsh Blacks.

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-They also keep

-different commercial breeds...

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-..as well as 600 Welsh Mountain

-and Speckled Face sheep.

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-We're tenants.

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-We've been here for 19 years.

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-So, I'd say, Meinir, that there's

-more work here than for one person.

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-Does that mean

-you do a lot of farming as well?

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-I try to help out a bit.

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-I prefer helping out

-with the sheep than the cattle.

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-Yes.

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-Especially now during lambing.

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-I can do a lot.

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-The Speckled Face

-is the native breed of this area.

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-Is that what's here mostly?

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-Is that what's here mostly?

-

-Yes.

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-But I have trouble finding ones

-that are hardy enough for the farm.

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-So I buy a hardy Welsh ram...

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-..mate it with a few Speckled Face

-sheep and keep the females.

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-Then I go back

-to Speckled Face rams.

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-In two generations,

-there's no trace of a Welsh ram.

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-They have good coats

-and they survive.

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-A lot of them need some rigour.

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-How much pleasure

-does it give you...

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-..to see Angharad

-follow in your footsteps...

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-..and show such interest,

-especially in Welsh Blacks?

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-It gives us a lot of pleasure...

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-..especially

-in the past two weeks...

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-..when she competed as part

-of the Black Stars team in Malvern.

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-It was a national competition...

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-..or international, as a team

-from Canada was competing there too.

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-They came third.

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-I was very proud.

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-We're all getting older.

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-What's the future for you?

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-Your daughter

-will be going to college.

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-Wherever Angharad goes in her

-career, she'll have Welsh Blacks.

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-The Welsh Blacks

-will never be far away.

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-They're a part of the family.

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-They're a part of the family.

-

-They are.

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-This is a crucial year for you

-as you have A level exams.

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-In what subjects?

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-Welsh, Textiles and Agriculture.

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-Do you intend to be a farmer...

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-..or are you scratching your head

-wondering what to do?

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-There's been

-a lot of head scratching.

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-My intention is to be

-a primary school teacher.

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-I hope to go

-to Trinity College, Carmarthen.

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-I want to keep the herd

-and the farm going too.

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-That's all for this programme.

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-It's been great visiting Ponterwyd.

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-Despite what the weather,

-market prices and regulations...

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-..throw at us, we're still here.

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-They can't do without us.

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-We can't do without you,

-the viewers, either.

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-Thank you for your support as usual.

0:22:490:22:52

-We'll see you

-at the same time next week.

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-Until then, from me

-and the Ffermio crew, goodbye.

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Bydd Daloni yn edrych ar sut mae un criw o ffermwyr yn gobeithio rhoi mwy o lais i gynhyrchwyr llaeth. Daloni finds out how some farmers are hoping to give milk producers more say.


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