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A series following the struggles and triumphs of six very different farming families in some of Scotland's most beautiful and remote landscapes.
Sandy gathers in a flock of wild sheep from remote Scottish island.
George and Sybil gather in their sheep from over six miles of mountainside.
Crofters club together to dip their sheep in insecticide before mating season.
Martin's sheds are full of pregnant cows.
In the North, John is expanding his flock and his land.
Sandy surveys the damage to his croft after one of the worst storms in history.
Lambing season is just a month away. Martin tends to 500 pregnant ewes.
Spring arrives for the farmers. John is expecting 6,000 new lambs.
Bobby and Anne must gather their pregnant ewes from the hills.
In Loch Lomond, Anne is left in charge of the farm and begins by feeding breakfast to over 2,000 animals. In East of Inverness, Martin tends to 500 pregnant ewes and gets the lambing sheds ready. Elsewhere in Argyll, George takes a group of Belgian hunters out on a deer stalking trip. In the far North, John has a pedigree ewe that's pregnant with triplets.
In the North, John is expecting more than 6,000 new lambs, so he hires extra staff. John rescues a lamb from its aggressive mother, and takes his chickens and ducks to auction. Elsewhere on the Isle of Lewis, Sandy celebrates his 61st birthday. On the mainland, Martin invests in some hi-tech kit to alert him when his cows are calving. He also collects semen from his prize bull to sell. In Argyll, Sybill and George also celebrate the birth of a new calf.
In central Scotland, Bobby and Anne must gather their pregnant ewes from the hills ready for lambing. Bobby's father's 90th birthday is looming and thoughts turn to who will run the farm when it is time to hand it on to the next generation. In East of Inverness, Mel and Martin move into a caravan in the lambing shed to deal with the imminent arrival of hundreds of lambs. On the Isle of Lewis, Sandy makes tweed curtains for their holiday let and Ali cooks Easter buns.
In Argyll, Sybil prepares for George's 50th birthday and the arrival of her sister and niece from England. Sybil and George are also looking after a desperately ill cow. Julia K had a traumatic caesarean and is too weak to stand up on her own, so they decide to lift her to her feet twice a day using a sling and a forklift truck to help build her muscles up. East of Inverness, persistent rain means Martin's cattle and young calves are yet to be turned out of their winter sheds into the fields. Sybil's sister and niece arrive and there's tension over the question of who will take on the family farm in the future. In central Scotland near Loch Lomond, Bobby and Anne hold an open day to educate the public about farming. North of Aberdeen, John has to urgently call the vet when one of his heifers gets into difficulty calving. The vet decides on a caesarean but it's a major operation and there's no guarantee she, or her huge calf, will survive.
In the east of Scotland, Martin prepares two young bulls for the biggest event of the farming calendar, the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh. First they need their nose rings, an accessory no bull can do without. Martin and Mel's wedding is also looming. Martin goes for his final kilt fitting and Mel meets her dad to discuss their plans. Ahead of the wedding they are 'blackened' by family and friends with feathers, flour and treacle in an old Scottish ritual. Back from their honeymoon, Martin and Mel must shear half their flock of sheep with a team of helpers. Then all the farmers travel to the Royal Highland Show, where Bobby enters a bake off, Sandy and Ali try to sell their mutton, John puts all his faith into his prize bull and Martin gets a surprise result when he enters a young novice bull into the competitions.
This final episode features all the farmers from across the year reflecting on what each season means to them. In autumn the programme revisits sea shepherding with Sandy on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. In the west in Argyll, Sybil and George gather in their sheep from over six square miles of mountainside. As winter descends over Scotland, the farmers reflect on this time of year. It's bitterly cold but this is also a time of new life for the farmers. It's a huge relief when spring arrives. Martin collects semen from his prize bull, and Sandy and Ali welcome two new calves to their croft. As summer arrives, the farmers can finally put their cattle out to the fields. Martin's have been indoors for eight months. Further west, Sybil and George welcome home their cattle from their winter sheds on another farm.
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