Sep 30

Adam Henson

November 11th Farmer & TV Presenter ADAM HENSON is an expert in rare breed conservation and runs the renowned Cotswold Farm Park. Adam writes for Countryfile magazine and his book, Adam’s Farm, was published in 2011. Sponsored by LESLEY BARLOW, Clacton-on-Sea .

Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park is the home of Rare Breeds Conservation. We are open every day until the 22nd December.  We have something for everyone, whatever the weather.

Starring role in BBC TV series for Eden farming family

A farming family in the Eden Valley will be thrown into the spotlight when they becomes the focus of a TV show about the lambing season.

A farming family in the Eden Valley will be thrown into the spotlight when they becomes the focus of a TV show about the lambing season.

Countryfile presenters Kate Humble and Adam Henson will visit Andrew  and Donald Marston, who run a Cumbrian sheep farming dynasty spanning  three generations, for the second series of Lambing Live to be broadcast in April on BBC Two.

The Marstons were born and bred in the Eden Valley.

Kate said: “Lambing is a make-or-break time for farmers all over the  country and, as well as helping to make this a successful season for the Marstons,   I’m hoping to give people a glimpse of what farming really  means.”

The team has been discovering that hill sheep demand a new set of skills and a whole new language.

Kate has been helping to  bring  the sheep down from the hills  and  learning about hefting when the sheep are taught to stay on the fell as  well as discovering what goes into producing a prize Swaledale.

Lambing is the biggest and busiest event in the farming calendar and  it brings with it a rollercoaster ride of sleepless nights, complicated  births, orphans and adoptions.

The Marstons lamb about 700 sheep each spring which are a mixture of  pure bred beltexes, North of England mules, Swaledales and blue faced  Leicesters.

Also joining in on the programme will be sheepdogs Hope, Lynne, Smudge and Coco and a few chickens.

The Marstons said: “We hope that our story will be of interest to  those with no farming background, will promote the area and   even offer a source of encouragement to other farmers.”

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