Around 16 million lambs are born in the UK every year, making lambing the biggest and busiest event in the farming calendar. Each spring our fields fill up with ewes and their new lambs - a seasonal feature of our landscape but also a reminder of a way of life that’s shaped our country and our countryside.
Sheep farming is big business but it’s also a gamble. For farmers the stakes are high. Sheep prices go up and down and you never know if your hard work is going to pay off. Farming is a twenty four hour, seven day a week job. There are plenty of challenges, but with those challenges can come rewards. From the glimmer of hope as a hypothermic lamb is nursed back to life, to the nail biting nerves as the auction hammer finally falls, it’s a rollercoaster ride that demands dedication and determination.
BBC Two's Lambing Live opens the door to this incredible world. In Spring 2010 Kate Humble and Adam Henson got their wellies muddy on the Beavan family farm in South Wales. The following year they headed for the hills in Cumbria to meet the Marstons - three generations who’ve made their lives in the remote and sometimes harsh world of hill farming.
Now Kate and Adam are off to Scotland to test their shepherding skills with the Dykes family. After a devastating Spring last year and a very wet and windy winter, the life and death drama of lambing is more of a gamble than ever before.
In his element, our very own Rob is up there keeping things running smoothly, through rain and shine on the English/Scottish boarders.Kit List: