IT’S May 2020 for the Rare Breed farmers and, as the coronavirus pandemic continues, it’s all about sheep, silage and horse shows in the next episode of ‘Rare Breed – A Farming Year’ on UTV, Tuesday, February 9.
Near Killinchy, Adrian McGowan and daughter Emily are sorting sheep for the shearers. Sister Tory is also around to lend a hand with separating the ewes from the lambs. Only the ewes are getting sheared, so it’s easier for the shearers if this is done in advance.
It’s the start of silage season at the Little dairy farm near Tempo in Fermanagh. Andrew and Margaret are delighted to get the first cut lifted. First though, Andrew had some kit to repair as there was a problem with the harvester. Andrew’s hoping that a “bad start means a good finish”.
With Covid-19 cancelling all country shows, Claire Shearer and Davy Kinkead decide to make their own fun and host their own ‘mini Balmoral’ show for their horses at their stables near Comber in County Down. They celebrate their Lockdown Show with customary champagne!
Young Zara Preston sends a video diary for May with her and her sister Leah looking after lambs that they would normally have been showing. We also meet the unusually named Lamb No.11! With Young Farmers events being cancelled, Zara comments: “You can’t go out to meet other people.”
Outside Ballygawley, Des Kelly is getting lambs ready for the factory. He’s glad the marts are open and that livestock can keep moving.
n UTV’s Mark McFadden narrates the series. Sponsored by Moy Park, ‘Rare Breed – A Farming Year’ continues on Tuesday, February 9, at 7.30pm on UTV.
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