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Mon, 26 Sep 2016

Bydd Alun yn ymweld ag arwerthiant hyrddod yr NSA a bydd Meinir yn cwrdd a bridiwr ifanc. Alun visits the NSA ram sale and Meinir meets a young breeder hoping for good prices th...


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-Hello and welcome to Ffermio.

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-I'm at the NSA's Wales and Border

-Main Ram Sale...

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-..here on the showground

-in Llanelwedd.

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-This is one of Europe's

-biggest ram sales.

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-Over 5,000 animals

-will go under the hammer.

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-It's all about trading.

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-Hopefully, both buyers and sellers

-will go home happy.

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-Coming up, I'll be visiting

-Ferryside in Carmarthenshire...

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-..to meet a family

-who are not just farmers.

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-They also offer a particular service

-to the local community.

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-Twenty breeds are on sale here...

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-..from continental ones

-to native breeds like these.

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-Meinir's been to meet a family...

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-..with a large number

-of continental breeds on sale today.

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-Ifan Beynon-Thomas

-and his parents farm here...

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-..at Goitre Fach farm near Hendy.

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-They milk 250 pedigree Holsteins,

-but over the last few weeks...

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-..their Berrichon du Cher sheep

-have had all the attention.

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-Berrichon du Cher - what are

-the qualities of this breed?

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-They are primarily a terminal sire.

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-Lambing is easy

-due to their long necks.

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-The neck

-sits on the front of the legs...

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-..instead of the head and shoulders

-coming out at the same time.

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-That makes a big difference.

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-It's a great help.

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-At the end of the day,

-you need a live lamb.

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-It's the most important thing.

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-You want easy lambing

-so the ewes aren't stressed...

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-..because they have to feed

-the lambs.

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-If a birth goes badly, the ewe can't

-produce the milk to feed her lamb.

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-It's a great, easy breed. They are

-everything you want from a sheep.

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-What is your pattern for producing

-the rams and the lambs?

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-They have to fit in

-with the running of the dairy herd.

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-Goitre Fach

-is principally a dairy farm.

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-The flock is run commercially.

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-They need to look after themselves

-a lot of the time.

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-Over the first winter, both female

-and male lambs are left outside.

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-We keep whatever comes in

-in the spring.

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-That's a natural way

-of culling the worst of the flock.

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-Yes, it's mainly natural selection.

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-Using this method, we hope that

-when we come to sell the rams...

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-..they're hardy

-and ready to go to work.

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-The family have been very successful

-with their Berrichon du Cher...

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-..at the Royal Welsh Show.

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-They have won the breed championship

-several times...

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-..and took reserve supreme champion

-in the sheep section in 2014.

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-This year, Ifan was named

-best shepherd at the Show.

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-There are 28 pure Berrichons

-and two Beltex cross.

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-They're going to the upcoming

-NSA sale at Builth Wells.

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-How much preparation

-have you done with these?

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-Preparation begins

-as soon as they're born.

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-We check growth rates...

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-..and if they don't hit

-their targets, we don't keep them.

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-If they hit their targets,

-we try to keep 60 rams each year.

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-In the month

-leading up to the sale...

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-..we feed them up

-and give them more attention.

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-A week before, we prepare

-and trim them ready for the show.

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-Colouring them

-makes a big difference.

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-It's like girls getting ready

-for a night out.

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-They like a bit of fake tan.

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-Because their heads and legs

-are so white...

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-..if the wool is white too

-they look anaemic.

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-This way, people can see their size

-and they stand out more.

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-Another craft you've mastered

-is trimming.

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-That makes a huge difference.

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-Yes, it does.

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-Trimming a ram

-makes its back look flatter...

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-..so it's easier to see

-their size and power.

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-It all helps.

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-All you want is for the ram

-to catch one person's eye...

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-..for an extra bid.

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-The framework must be there

-from the start.

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-Yes, you can't make something bad

-look good.

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-You must have something good to

-start with to make them look better.

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-What's more important to you?

-The Royal Welsh or the sales?

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-They go hand in hand really.

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-We have to do well in the big shows

-for people to see.

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-It's the shop window effect.

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-People see us there and then see

-our rams in the sale in Builth.

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-They remember us from the Royal

-Welsh and know of our high standard.

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-Gareth and Monica introduced the

-breed to their farm back in 2001.

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-Today, with 250 sheep, they have the

-largest Berrichon flock in Britain.

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-I saw a ram

-at the Royal Show in England.

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-I liked the look of him.

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-I decided, if I was going to get one

-ram, I may as well get some ewes.

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-My youngest daughter was nine at the

-time and showed a lot of interest.

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-What works best for you - the dairy

-cows or the Berrichon du Chers?

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-That's a good question.

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-Years ago, you'd have

-a bit of everything on the farm.

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-These days, we tend to focus more

-on either dairy cows or sheep.

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-We like sheep. They're more

-interesting than everything else.

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-But we're pushed for time because

-we have so many dairy cows too.

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-How popular is the breed?

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-They're more popular now

-than when we first got them.

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-More people in Wales especially

-keep them now...

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-..and cross them with other breeds.

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-They don't just keep them

-as pure-breeds.

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-People cross them with Texels,

-Lleyns, and other breeds.

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-It's a family business.

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-You're busy making a name

-for yourselves.

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-Yes, we have the largest flock

-in Britain.

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-We see it as part of the business

-and has to pay its way.

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-It's obviously a busy time here

-at Goitre Fach...

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-..with the labour-intensive work

-of preparing the sheep for sale.

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-But it's clearly an important day

-for the family and the breed.

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-It's important to ensure every hair

-is in place ready for the big day.

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-The sale is approaching.

-What are you hopes?

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-I just hope they sell well

-and that the customers are happy...

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-..so that they return

-year after year to buy from us.

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-How important is the NSA sale

-for you?

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-It's very important to us.

-It's the largest in Europe.

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-People from every corner of Wales

-and the UK will be there.

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-Hopefully,

-there'll be something for everyone.

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-At the sale,

-there's a bit of excitement...

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-..about Ifan's rams

-entering the sales ring.

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-He was very successful in the show

-preceding the sale...

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-..winning the championship.

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-Ifan, it's been a successful day.

-How are you feeling?

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-The price was up and down.

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-I was disappointed with some of them

-but they've all gone now.

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-I can't complain.

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-And my following question is

-how did the champion do in the sale?

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-I was very pleased with the price.

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-It was the highest price of the day

-for the Berrichons.

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-He went to Bryan Evans,

-another large breeder.

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-How do this year's prices

-compare with last year's?

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-It's fairly similar.

-I didn't expect anything different.

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-Lamb prices are the same

-this year as they were last year.

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-Is the breed still developing

-in buyers' eyes?

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-The breed improves every year.

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-I think we need to advertise them

-better and push the breed more.

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-In terms of working with these rams

-or playing rugby, which is better?

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-I don't know!

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-There are ups and downs to both.

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-That's all for now.

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-Come back after the break

-when I'll be visiting Ferryside...

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-..and meeting a very multi-talented

-and hard-working family.

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-See you in two minutes.

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-Welcome back.

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-While the sale continues

-in Llanelwedd...

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-..there's a chance for us

-to step off the field.

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-Although it hasn't been

-an ideal summer...

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-..for appreciating

-our coastal villages...

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-..I recently visited

-a Ferryside family...

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-..whose business

-is a focal point to the village.

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-After farming for years,

-at the turn of the century...

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-..Paul and Jean Griffiths

-had to face many of the crises...

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-..that beset the industry,

-and decided to diversify...

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-..by buying the Ferry Cabin

-chip shop in Ferryside.

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-When we started off,

-Paul was farming.

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-Foot and mouth was about,

-and he was fed up.

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-One day, Paul said

-he'd had enough of farming.

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-He asked what we should do.

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-I was managing a restaurant

-and he said, "You can do it".

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-I wasn't sure

-I wanted to run my own business.

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-When the Ferry Cabin was put up

-for sale, we went to look at it.

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-It was in the village

-where Paul was born.

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-He said, "Right, let's go for it."

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-He said, "Right, let's go for it."

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-I'm lucky.

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-When I married Jean, Mam and Dad

-gave us a plot on the farm.

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-I built a nice bungalow.

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-We used the collateral on it

-to buy this.

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-It was a difficult time

-to earn money from farming.

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-You couldn't sell anything.

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-No, because of foot and mouth.

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-We had a contracting business.

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-Myself, Dad and my brother

-were working as contractors.

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-We couldn't get any money coming in,

-and the marts were on shutdown.

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-I just got completely fed up.

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-When I was farming...

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-..I'd come into the house at night

-and relax by cooking.

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-Now, that's all I do all day...

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-..so I come home and farm.

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-Farming feels different now,

-almost like therapy.

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-Relaxing.

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-Relaxing.

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-Yes, for him.

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-This business has developed

-a great deal since you bought it.

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-The previous owners only had it open

-for six months in the summer.

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-We opened and decided to go for it.

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-The children were young.

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-We gave it our all.

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-As well as running the restaurant,

-the family still farm.

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-Paul's father, David, works

-day-to-day at Penrhiwgoch...

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-..which is about a mile

-from the shop.

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-But Paul and Jean still help out,

-growing crops and rearing stock...

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-..including potatoes and the meat

-which supplies the restaurant.

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-You have enough staff!

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-You have enough staff!

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-We do today.

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-The children are helping.

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-The children are helping.

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-You can carry the big one.

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-The one that's really full.

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-The one that's really full.

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-I see.

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-A sack each?

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-Later?

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-Later?

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-Yes, later. We'll fill them.

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-I'll pick up behind you.

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-Does it matter how big they are?

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-No, just put them in the bucket.

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-No, just put them in the bucket.

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-OK, boss.

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-The machine works well.

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-You don't need to pick too many

-at this time of year.

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-No, they don't keep well.

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-The skin isn't hard.

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-We just pick what we need.

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-We just pick what we need.

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-Yes, of course.

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-About 12 or 15 bags

-to keep us going for the week.

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-If we run out,

-we have to pick more after work.

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-Oh, dear.

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-How many acres of potatoes

-are there?

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-Three acres.

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-Three acres.

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-There we are.

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-Is that enough to last the year?

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-We try, but if not, we buy more in

-at the end of the year.

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-What type of potatoes?

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-I suppose you need a variety.

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-There are two types here.

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-Cara are used for boiling

-and Maris Piper for the chips.

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-There were bigger ones

-but we've picked them.

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-The small ones are fine.

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-We don't waste them.

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-Was it a good summer for potatoes?

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-Was it a good summer for potatoes?

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-Not too good.

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-The rain came and it was a bit wet,

-but the crop's quite good this side.

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-It's nice to be able

-to tell your customers...

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-..that these came from your farm,

-a mile up the road.

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-Did you grow potatoes

-before buying the shop?

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-Paul's father, David,

-did a bit of market gardening.

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-When we bought the restaurant...

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-..David said

-we'd grow our own potatoes.

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-We've done so for 14 years.

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-Almost ten years ago, Paul and Jean

-bought a Hereford cow and calf...

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-..as a Christmas present

-for their sons, William and Thomas.

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-The herd has grown substantially.

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-They now have 215 pedigree cattle...

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-..and the meat

-is served in the restaurant.

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-We've heard about you

-getting a heifer as a gift.

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-What were you hoping for?

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-I opened the shed door...

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-..expecting a nice new tractor

-as a way of saying well done.

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-But I turned round

-and saw a cow and a calf.

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-It came as a bit of a shock.

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-I still asked for a tractor!

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-But I was happy after seeing them.

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-They were quiet,

-so I got on well with them.

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-Tell me a bit about the farm.

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-How many acres do you have?

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-The pasture is exceptional

-in this field, even now.

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-The grass grows well here.

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-Red soil, you see.

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-The cattle only feed on grass.

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-Nothing extra, no bales or anything.

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-Through the summer.

-Bales and hay in winter.

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-We do give them minerals.

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-They get minerals.

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-But the heifers, steers and bulls

-get barley on the farm as well.

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-I see, I see.

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-I understand you now sell meat

-in boxes from the farm.

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-When did that start?

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-I started

-when Thomas and I bought a heifer.

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-We turned it to the bull.

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-A year passes, and no calf.

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-The vet checked it. Freemartin.

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-I wanted to sell it at the mart,

-but a friend told me not to.

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-Do it yourself.

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-I took it to a slaughterhouse

-on the Gower.

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-That's what I used

-to start doing the Sunday lunches.

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-People ate it and said

-that it was wonderful meat.

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-They asked if I sold it,

-so that's where it started.

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-What do people have to say

-after tasting Hereford meat?

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-Why do they come back

-time after time?

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-They need two years

-out on the pasture.

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-I think that's what gives the meat

-its flavour.

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-That's why they come back.

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-They can't buy my meat

-in the supermarket.

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-Diversifying has meant

-that Paul, Jean and the family...

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-..have been able to enjoy farming

-once again.

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-The farm and the restaurant

-now go hand in hand.

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-Both elements support each other.

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-The hard work over the years

-has borne fruit...

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-..and the businesses are booming.

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-Here we are,

-sitting out in the sunshine.

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-Life is good now, isn't it?

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-You took difficult decisions

-when life seemed to be going wrong.

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-But I now get the impression

-that farming is a pleasure.

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-Yes, it's nice to get some fresh air

-after a day in the kitchen.

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-It's nice to see the cattle

-and to give Paul a hand.

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-It makes a difference.

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-You now control the chain

-from the gate to the plate.

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-Not many people do that.

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-No, not many places do that.

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-But I'm lucky to have two sons

-and my father helping on the farm.

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-They're there to help, OK.

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-Jean does the cooking

-in the kitchen.

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-It's nice that she cooks

-what we've grown on the farm.

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-As well as being a chance to sell,

-this location attracts people...

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-..to meet and discuss the latest

-developments in the sheep industry.

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-Meat Promotion Wales is currently

-running an interesting scheme.

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-It's a survey

-comparing rams across Britain.

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-The research could benefit buyers

-and sellers alike.

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-The RamCompare project

-has been running for a year or so.

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-It's a three-year project

-involving five terminal breeds...

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-..comparing their figures

-and how the lambs perform...

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-..from the time of lambing

-to when they are slaughtered...

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-..when the carcasses are compared.

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-It will show if there's a way

-to get a crossbreed EBV.

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-When it comes

-to selecting terminal rams...

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-..we'll have compared

-Suffolks, Hampshire Downs...

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-..Texel, Charollais

-and Meatlinc rams.

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-Six farms across Britain

-are involved in the comparisons...

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-..to show how different rams

-perform in different areas.

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-It will enable us to assess

-if we can produce a crossbreed EBV.

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-Do you then hope

-to take the next step...

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-..towards producing more meat

-from the land available?

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-Exactly.

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-The aim of the whole project

-is to see how the rams perform...

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-..and to assess growth, to see if

-we can fatten lambs more quickly...

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-..while at the same time ensuring

-we produce what the market demands.

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-That's vital.

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-If we can do that

-and compare across breeds...

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-..people will come

-to sales like this...

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-..and compare EBVs across breeds

-rather than within a single breed...

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-..towards a terminal purpose

-of producing lambs for the public.

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-The day's top price

-in the selling rings...

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-..went to Llion Pughe Jones

-for his Texel ram...

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-..which sold for 18,000 guineas.

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-But how were the prices generally?

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-Llion Richard Pughe Jones,

-congratulations, first of all.

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-What were your expectations

-as you came here today?

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-I had hoped for a good price.

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-There was a lot of talk

-last night and this morning.

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-But I never dreamt

-about such a price.

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-But I'm very, very pleased!

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-How long have you bred Texels?

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-I started 15 years ago today.

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-I bought my first ewes

-at this very sale.

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-Eventually, it's come to this.

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-Things have improved over the years.

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-Can I ask where the ram is going?

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-Sportsman bought it back,

-to be honest.

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-They've seen something.

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-They saw that the ewe

-came from them, so...

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-It's nice to say that the money

-is going to Meirionnydd.

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-It rarely happens with a Texel.

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-There aren't many of us in

-the county, so it's quite an event.

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-Llion, there'll be more after today!

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-Llion, there'll be more after today!

-

-Thank you!

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-I wish you the best for the future.

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-Where do you go from here?

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-It's difficult.

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-I've hit the pinnacle!

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-The dream

-was to hit the top in Builth.

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-Now, it's trying to stay there!

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-It's been a bit mixed, maybe.

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-But I think everyone

-is going home fairly happy, anyway.

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-I know we've had big prices,

-a lot over 5,000 guineas and so on.

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-Some have been lower as well.

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-But if you have quality animals

-and buyers pick them out...

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-..it only takes two

-for prices to flourish.

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-There were some bargains,

-I must admit.

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-But on the whole,

-the committee can be very happy.

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-It's been a very good day.

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-We've had a lot of people here,

-and over 5,000 rams.

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-They all need a home.

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-Of course, we're all nervous about

-what will happen in the industry.

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-At the moment, lambs are selling

-better than they did last year...

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-..but maybe not as well

-as the previous year.

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-The pound makes a difference.

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-The next two or three years...

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-..will be critical for the industry.

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-I think the NSA has a part to play,

-as well as the unions.

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-We must work to ensure...

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-..that the agricultural industry

-has its say...

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-..and that they listen to us.

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-That's all for this week.

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-It has been a successful day

-for many buyers and sellers here.

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-But the high point for me...

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-..was the record price for a Texel

-here at Llanelwedd, 18,000 guineas.

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-It went to Llion Jones,

-Pant, near Tywyn, Meirionnydd.

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-Congratulations to him.

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-For now, from myself

-and the Ffermio team...

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-..thank you for your company

-and goodbye.

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Bydd Alun yn ymweld ag arwerthiant hyrddod yr NSA a bydd Meinir yn cwrdd a bridiwr ifanc. Alun visits the NSA ram sale and Meinir meets a young breeder hoping for good prices there.


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