Rare Breed farming year comes to a close

Published Wednesday, 26 March 2014
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UTV's farmers are getting ready for Christmas in the final programme of the current series of Rare Breed - A Farming Year.

Rare Breed farming year comes to a close
Co Down goat farmers Jason and Adam Kelly feature in UTV's Rare Breed. (© UTV)

Michael Wilson, Managing Director, UTV said: "This series of Rare Breed has proved such a success with viewers that it is now the most watched non-news regional programme in the whole of the UK.

"It is wonderful to see a Northern Ireland produced programme achieve this ratings success which is a reflection of the huge talent in our local independent production sector."

The final episode starts with Christmas just around the corner, so it is one of the busiest times of the year for many of the Rare Breed farmers.

In Co Armagh the Toughton's cider plant is working overtime, while in Comber Andrew Herron is working against the clock to harvest brussels sprouts.

Near Limavady Leona Kane opens a pop-up farm shop and in Ballymena, with the Christmas turkeys gone, the Bells are preparing the sheds for winter housing their sheep.

Regardless of the time of year the daily routine at Valerie and Drew McConnell's Omagh dairy farm stays the same - milking every morning and evening.

Henry Savage from Armagh is off to the important Red Ladies Sale in Carlisle with two of his Pedigree Limousins.

And as the year draws to a close it is the perfect opportunity for the Rare Breed farmers to look back at the highs and lows of an extraordinary year.

The series is produced for UTV by local independent production company Crawford-McCann.

Kelda Crawford-McCann, Managing Director of the company said: "The success of the series is all down to a fantastic team of people making it and our amazing local farming families that allowed us to follow them for a whole year.

"We couldn't have made Rare Breed such a huge hit without the tremendous support and backing from everyone at UTV."

Viewers can follow all the action online by tweeting along with @utv during the show using the hashtag #rarebreed.

The last episode of the current series of Rare Breed - A Farming Year will be shown on Monday 31 March at 8pm on UTV.

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