Cullyhanna family features on new farming TV series

January 20, 2014

A Cullyhanna farming family will appear on TV screens across the country tonight (Monday) when they feature on the popular new UTV series ‘Rare Breed – A Farming Year’.

Henry Savage, along with his son Phelim, are one of seventeen farming families who feature in the 12-part series, filmed throughout last year.

From arctic winter weather and torrential rains to record summer temperatures, cameras have been out in all weathers and on every type of farm to bring viewers the very best of Ulster’s farms and farming families.

The new series is proving hugely popular with Northern Ireland audiences – with the first programme, broadcast last Monday, attracting an average 27% share of viewers.

The second programme in the series tonight (Monday 20 January at 8.00pm) promises to be a real treat as viewers follow Rare Breed farmers across Northern Ireland during the month of February.

Northern Irish livestock is in demand across the world and in Cullyhanna, south Armagh, pedigree Limousin farmer Henry Savage welcomes potential buyers from Holland. These Dutch breeders are willing to pay big money and are keen to strengthen their herds’ bloodlines.

Henry said he thoroughly enjoyed the experience of taking part in the programme, although is ‘a little anxious’ about watching it on-screen.

The programme will also feature, among others, a pig farmer from Moira, a dairy and beef farmer from Omagh and the work of a hedge-cutting contractor.

The series is produced for UTV by local independent production company Crawford McCann.  Kelda Crawford McCann, Executive Producer said: “Filmed throughout 2013, we see how 17 families try to survive one of the toughest farming years in living memory. Working hand in hand with nature and the weather we see how young and old share in this seasonal rhythm that brings food from the soil to the kitchen table.

“Right across Northern Ireland we’ll see the breeders of pigs, poultry, sheep, and cattle; the growers of the grain and grass and the producers of eggs, fruit and vegetables. We’ll discover how our local produce is a now global commodity worth tens of millions to our economy and providing jobs for many thousands of people.”