Raphoe farmer’s battle with the elements to feature in final episode

Raphoe farmer Alison McCrabbe.
Raphoe farmer Alison McCrabbe.

Raphoe farmer Alison McCrabbe’s battle with the elements will feature in the final episode of the current series of UTV’s ‘Rare Breed – A Farming Year’ on Monday at 8pm.

The latest series has proved hugely successful with UTV viewers, attracting huge audiences each Monday night and beating BBC NI’s EastEnders on several occasions.

In the final episode of the series farmers manage the wintry weather as the busy Christmas period fast approaches.

The worsening weather means Ms McCrabbe and Ricky Cowan near Ballycarry in Antrim are forced to house their sheep flock sooner than normal.

Meanwhile, Moy Farmer Frank Donnelly is busy meeting the high demand for his mushroom crop. Near Toomebridge in Antrim, James Alexander’s reflects on the past year and offers his predictions for the year ahead.

Cavan farmer Richard Moeran’s turkeys are nearly ready for the table. He’s also busy filming an infomercial for farmers.

It’s also a busy month for Galway vegetable farmer Kenneth Keavey while it’s the start of the year for Matt Foley’s new tomato crop.

The series is produced for UTV by local independent production company Crawford McCann Television. Managing Director, Kelda Crawford-McCann said:

“The success of this series is down to the incredible team making it and our amazing local farming families who gave us access to their lives throughout the year.

“I am delighted that so many UTV viewers have enjoyed watching the series just as much as we have had making it.”