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Meet the farmers as BBC Two's This Farming Life series returns

A brand new series of This Farming Life is back.



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BBC Two's This Farming Life is back to showcase Scots farmers

The Scottish BAFTA award-winning series is set to kick-start its four-week stint tonight (Wednesday, September 6) to take viewers on an intimate journey through the life of six farming families, with one couple continuing their story from series one.

 

The prime-time BBC2 show will cover a range of common agricultural challenges from financial struggles to buffalo burgers and the taboo of retirement to fluctuating milk prices.

 

 

Farmers telling their story include a buffalo farmer, a diversified milk business, a bespoke hand butchery business, sheep farmers, a pair of new entrants and the return of husband-and-wife duo Mel and Martin Irvine.

 

The programme will be broadcast Wednesday to Friday evenings, with the series on BBC2 Scotland airing on Wednesdays, Fridays and Mondays at 7pm.


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Meet the farmers

Mel and Martin Irvine

Mel and Martin Irvine

Get ready to welcome back the series one debut stars alongside their latest addition to the family, toddler Erin.

Stevie Mitchell

Maverick Fife farmer Stevie Mitchell has turned to innovation to expand his buffalo empire and promote his alternative to regular beef.

 

He takes the cameras through the trials and tribulations of managing a herd of unpredictable Asian water buffalo.

The Roan Family

The Roan Family

Sixth generation family farmers and brothers Steven and Stuart have taken over the milking of their pedigree free range Holstein cows on their coastal Dumfries and Galloway farm, after the family kick-started the business in 1898.

 

Stuart and his wife Aylett use robotics to milk their half of the herd, whilst husband-and-wife duo Steven and Tracey tell why they opted for a more traditional milking parlour.

 

As part of their team milking mission, the family are trying everything from milkshake stands to a door-to-door delivery service.

Robin and Penny Calvert

Robin and Penny Calvert

About 25 years ago the pair took over a run-down Highlands property and have since transformed it into a fully functioning croft for food, fuel and a bespoke hand butchery business.

 

But their future on the croft faces uncertainty as old age and illness loom.

Janet and Alistair Taylor

Janet and Alistair Taylor

The new-entrant duo rent a small farm where they keep 140 sheep, 20 Highland cattle, ducks, a goose, and nine dogs after starting up the farm about five years ago.

Sandra and David Colthart

Sandra and David Colthart

Appin farmers Sandra and David use a more traditional method of farming poorer land on the hills where they keep 540 Blackface sheep and 45 cross-bred cattle over 1309 ha (3237 acres). The method relies on scale over quality often meaning up to six hours per day are spent gathering sheep.

 

Fortunately for the couple, Sandra’s love of breeding pedigree Border Collies and Highland ponies means they are never short of helpers.

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