Observational documentary series, This Farming Life, returns to BBC Two exploring the workings of six Scottish farms over the course of a year.
Series two delves further into the personalities, points of view, and personal narratives of each of the farmers, giving a 360-degree perspective of the people and the processes of farming today.
On the Isle of Mull in the Inner Hebrides, struggling new entrant farmers Janet and Alastair Taylor prepare to take their lambs to auction. Even getting their lambs to market involves an expensive trip to the mainland; it’s the only day this year that the farm will bring in any money, so the 53 lambs must look their best.
Down in Dumfries and Galloway on Scotland’s south west coast, the Roan family have been dairy farming for over 100 years and the whole family is pulling together to keep afloat. Steven Roan and his family are preparing to enter a cow and a calf into competition at the South West Scotland Dairy Show.
Further up the west coast in the stunning scenery of Argyll, hill farmers David and Sandra Colthart keep 550 sheep and 45 cows over land so rough and rugged it takes 3,200 acres of Scottish hill to feed them. David and Sandra must bring the sheep in off the hill to prepare them for the upcoming mating season as well as preparing the cowshed – a job that involves getting the natural fertiliser from under the shed into the fields.
In the Highlands in the far north, crofters Robin and Penny Calvert must get their small fold of free-range and unruly Highland cattle in to a pen for a routine TB test. Rounding up semi-wild cattle with three-foot-wide sharp horns isn’t easy, and even vet Paul is nervous to approach them.
Pictured is Sandra Colthart above her farm in Appin, West Scotland
This Farming Life Season 2 Episode 1 (of 12) airs on Wednesday 6 September 2017 from 7.00pm-8.00pm on BBC Two.