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UTV's Rare Breed returns with more tales of life on the farm

If muck-spreading and chewing the cud are your thing, fear not. UTV's popular evergreen framing show, Rare Breed returns on Monday at 8pm.

Rare Breed - A Farming Year provides an in-depth look into the successes and struggles of farming life throughout the year.

Eighteen families from Ireland, north and south, give a unique insight into all aspects of farming life from beef, dairy, sheep, pig and poultry farms, to tomato and organic vegetable producers in the new series.

In the first episode Gareth Taylor from County Down discusses his worries over the price of milk while Antrim man James Alexander has his hands full with a new flock arriving from Scotland while trying to export tractors to Thailand.

We also meet the McCrabbe family in Donegal, who are breeding a brand new breed of sheep, the Roubek.

Michael Wilson, managing director, of UTV Television said: “Rare Breed – A Farming Year has become a fan favourite amongst UTV viewers who look forward to the return of the agricultural series each year in our New Year schedule. 

"The last series attracted an average audience of 207,000 viewers per episode, which is a testament to how popular this locally produced programme is.

"Rare Breed is unique in that it gives viewers an access-all-areas pass to the people behind one of Northern Ireland’s biggest industries – on farms both big and small. 

"In this series we meet five farming families from Ulster with some familiar and new faces. 

"We are delighted to welcome Rare Breed back to UTV in 2016.” 

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

Managing director Kelda Crawford-McCann added: "Once again, the Rare Breed cameras have been out in all weathers as farmers worked through storms, freezing weather and beaming sun – from Donegal to Down and everywhere in-between. 

"We were delighted with the success of Rare Breed 2015 and the new series will provide an equally intriguing mix of the highs and lows of farming in Ireland.

“The level of dedication shown by our farming community is inspiring, in what has been a challenging year. 

"Rare Breed has also been an international success, with the series being watched across the world from Greece to New Zealand and Iran to Australia.”

Narrated by Mark McFadden, the show begins on Monday at 8pm and runs for 12 weeks on UTV.

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