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Cefn Gwlad

Denbigh butcher on Cefn Gwlad

In the final programme of this series of Cefn Gwlad (Wednesday, 8 May on S4C), Dai Jones will visit Glyn Davies, a local farmer and butcher from Denbigh.

Glyn has worked for the local butcher's since he left school, and in 2001 the opportunity arose for Glyn and his business partner to buy the butcher's shop, J. Williams and Company, and put their stamp on the business.

"I buy all my stock locally. I'll either head to the mart in Ruthin or buy straight from the farm," says Glyn, who's originally from Llannefydd but who now lives at Lôn farm in the Prion area. Glyn is a firm believer in buying high quality meat and buying it locally.

"There's nothing like buying stock yourself, and there are always good cattle at the mart in Ruthin. You have to make sure the meat is good quality. I buy one day and slaughter the following morning."

As well as buying and preparing his own meat to sell at the butchers, Glyn also offers a butchery service to other farmers.

It's all-go in the small rural slaughterhouse on Thursdays as farmers from all over take advantage of Glyn's services, bringing trailers full of pigs, sheep and cattle.

Bearing in mind the recent horse meat scandal Dai hopes that this programme will remind people of the traditional way of doing things; rearing, growing, treating, preparing and selling all produce locally.

"Personally I've always believed that you should buy your bread from the baker, fruit and vegetables from the local fruit shop, and meat from your local butcher," says Dai.

"People were always keen to keep small slaughterhouses open but all the costs involved made it impossible. But this programme really shows their worth.

"Glyn is a farmer's son from the area, he's worked and farmed here all his life, he knows the people and buys from them. He's one of the most respected butchers in the country - renowned chef Bryn Williams gets his meat from Glyn."

Glyn has three sons and Dafydd, Jac and Tomos all take great interest in farming, helping out on the farm, rearing chickens and competing with the local Young Farmers Club in Nantglyn.