Co Down farmer prepares to reap what he sows on Rare Breed

Neill Patterson
Neill Patterson

While record dry weather proves problematic for some farmers, Co Down farmer Neill Patterson makes the most of the conditions to sow barley on the next episode of Rare Breed – A Farming Year on Monday 2 March at 8pm on UTV.

During a look back at the month of September 2014, the next episode sees Neill work tirelessly to make the most of the dry autumn weather, planting Barley seeds for the following year’s crops.

Meanwhile in Armagh, the lack of rain provides the perfect opportunity for the Kinnear brothers to install a new drainage system across their fields. The new system is essential in order to regulate water levels throughout the soil.

In Co Antrim, Seamus Kane has bought a new sheepdog which must be trained to herd his flock of sheep. Taking the time now to instil obedience and skill now will mean efficiency and protection for his flock going forward. In County Galway, Deirdre Bourns prepare her sheep for mating season the following month.

The sunshine is not all good news however as the weather creates issues for Cork dairy farmer Micheál Looney as one of his wells runs dry. John Greene in Wexford must work quickly to prevent an infestation of the vine weevil, an insect pest which could potentially destroy his strawberry crop. In Cork, dairy farmer Brendan Hinchion scrutinises the grass growth at his farm near Kilnamatyra.

In Roscommon, the Farrell family complete their show season on a high. While part-time dairy farmer, Frank McGeeney, is helping to organise his local vintage fair in Knockbridge, County Louth.

Sponsored by Irwin’s Bakery and shot in High Definition, the series is narrated by UTV’s Mark McFadden.

Rare Breed – A Farming Year continues on Monday 2 March at 8pm.