The Young Farmers
Rogers is a dairy farmer who loves his cows. He can recognise them
all, name them and tell probably what teach invdividual cow has been
eating that day. He is dedicated to improving and building the
genetics of his pedigree dairy herd. Ever the optimist, he
nevertheless faces a constant threat from bovine TB.
Jenny Layton is one of the few female livestock
auctioneers in the UK. A passionate advocate of local livestock
markets, she loves the buzz and atmosphere of her own Knighton Market
but at weekeneds finds the peace of her father's traditional farm a
soothing antidote to the working week.
Russell Carrington has
pursued a career as an engineer because the family farm can't support
two generations, but he doesn't want to lose his connection to farming.
Sustainable agriculture is central to his concerns. He decides to go
on around-the-world trip to explore different kinds of farming and
engineering and think about his options in life. How will his
round-the-world trip affect his career choice?
family farms one of Herefordshire's most isolated farms in the
breathtaking landscape under the Black Hill. Steeped in traditions of
'the Hill', the family braves all weather and a tough landscape. They
take it in their stride however, and Graham is doing what he loves in a
place he loves.
Richard Thomas shares responsibilities with his
father on a traditional mixed farm, balancing environmental and
financial considerations. He has declared that he is 'on a one mission
to show not all farmers are bad'. He would love to see the consumer
connecting more with the source of the food they eat.
Pritchard is one of three sons on a small family farm in the Olchon
Valley. Along with the other members of the family, he works off the
farm. Often rising at 4:00 am to go to work on a local dairy farm, he
finds the early morning the most peaceful time of the day. The whole
family works together on their hobby of breeding show cattle which they
show at the summer and winter stock shows at Builth Wells.
Hope re-opened the village shop in Longtown when it had closed down and
it is now a thriving centre of the local community. She sees local
shops, along with the pub and primary school as crucial to the life of
rural communities. An advocate of local produce, she is nevertheless
willing to ask difficult questions about some oft-accepted truths
regarding rural issues.
Fay Thomas is from a close farming family
and although her heart is in farming, she is studying floristry as her
mother thinks that she should add 'another string to her bow'. She
opines, that in uncertain times, farming may not be be able to provide
Fay with a living, although the family is diversifying to bring in extra
income to let the girls remain on the farm.