Kellys Turkeys on More 4Thursday, 10th Aug 2017
Kelly Turkeys have been filmed over the past year by Channel 4. They have produced an hour long programme on The Year In The Life Of A Turkey Farmer. It is to be shown on Wed 16 August at 9 pm on ‘More 4’ channel. More info below:
The first episode will be aired 9pm, Wednesday 16th of August on More4
Episode 1/4, Wednesday 16th August, More4 - A Year on the Farm: Turkeys
Episode 2/4, Wednesday 23rd August, More4 - A Year on the Farm: Cows
Episode 3/4, Wednesday 30th August, More4 - A Year on the Farm: Pigs
Episode 4/4, Wednesday 6th September, More4 - A Year on the Farm: Sheep
The trailer is available to view here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFIkqNLf6vE
Milk now sells for less than the price of water and dairy farms are closing, rapidly, currently at a rate of nearly one a day. It’s a relentless struggle for farmers to stay afloat and their devotion to their land and animals does not always guarantee success.
Channel 4 has commissioned a 4x60 series that captures the hidden rural dramas that take place every day across our land.
A Year on the Farm, produced by KEO West, has exclusive access to four family farms that provide a rare insight on the significant financial risks farmers are taking to rear high quality produce, using some of the best practice available. The series reveals the magical world of cows, sheep, pigs and poultry by filming for a year in farms from Essex to Glamorgan, Cumbria to Sussex.
Farms occupy two-thirds of the land in Britain but the farming culture and way of life are little known about by the UK’s urban population. As well as market challenges farmers face, there are other threats to their livelihood and livestock such as the outbreak of disease that would destroy a farm to a snow storm that could kill hundreds of sheep. There’s a lot that could go very wrong, very quickly and have devastating effects.
In spite of these challenges the series reveals the incredible beauty of these farms and the quirky, surprising nature of the animals. These farmers are steering away from the mass produced, industrialised farming techniques that are typically used to supply produce to our supermarket shelves. Instead they are opting for a more holistic and ‘closer to nature’ approach.
The programme is overseen by Channel 4 Documentaries Commissioning Editor Michelle Chappell, the Exec Producer is Kari Lia.
Chappell said: “A Year on the Farm shows a world of farming we often don’t see from the farm gate. These are family farmers committed to quality, and the clear working bond between the animals and their owners is extraordinary. Who knew cows line up to be milked and turkeys give back chat?
Kari Lia, Exec producer on the show says: It’s an incredible privilege to be let inside this unique world – a million miles away from the urban hustle. Our farmers’ relentless dedication and hard graft of is truly inspiring.