10/06/2012

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Duration: 1 hour

Countryfile visits Warwickshire in the heart of England. Matt Baker is with Shipston-on-Stour Young Farmers brushing up on his rural skills ahead of a rally, where he tests his tractor skills and competes against Ellie in a tug-of-war. Ellie Harrison is in the saddle, as she learns the ancient art of side-saddle riding and also tries out a classic British bicycle, training to race against a former olympic champion.

John Craven is also in the county of the Bard, where he looks at how Shakespeare's time spent on his mother's farm as a boy was reflected in his writing. He also finds out more about life as a Tudor farmer. Earlier in the year on Countryfile, we looked at how eating British veal could help stop the needless deaths of thousands of dairy calves. Tom Heap investigates if anything has changed. On Adam's farm, he is preparing for summer, and so are his animals, including the hundreds of new arrivals getting to grips with life in the great outdoors.

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Tue 19 Jun 2012 00:25 BBC One Northern Ireland only

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  • Matt And The Warwickshire Young Farmers

    Matt And The Warwickshire Young Farmers

    Matt Baker meets members of the Shipston-On-Stour Young Farmers’ Club to learn some essential farm skills in preparation for the Warwickshire County Rally. He visits Tom Keningale, a budding gamekeeper, to get some tips on chicken-plucking and then meets Annabel James as she herds sheep with her dog, Fly. Matt also takes on a tractor manoeuvring challenge at the final rally, while the young farmers show off some impressive welly-wanging. Finally Ellie and the boys go head-to-head with Matt and the girls’ team, in a close fought tug-of-war.

    FIND OUT ABOUT THE YOUNG FARMERS’ CLUB
  • Cycling In Stratford-Upon-Avon

    Cycling In Stratford-Upon-Avon

    Ellie Harrison visits England’s oldest bike maker, Pashley Cycles, to make her own 1930s-style racer. Elegantly clad in tweed, she takes her bike for a spin on Stratford-Upon-Avon’s country lanes with vintage bike enthusiasts, ‘The Guvnors’ Assembly’. Ellie then steps up a gear when she meets the founder of Stratford Cycling Club, John Oxtoby, and challenges him to a race on an ultra-modern aerodynamic bike.

    MEET THE GUVNORS’ ASSEMBLY
  • John On Shakespeare’s Farm

    John On Shakespeare’s Farm

    John Craven visits Mary Arden’s Farm, originally the home of Shakespeare’s grandparents, to trace the Stratford bard back to his rural roots. Here he meets Professor Stanley Wells to find out how Shakespeare captured the countryside in his plays. John also attempts to hand-shear a sheep at the Tudor farm, as he relives the joys and hardships of rural life in Shakespeare’s day.

    DISCOVER MARY ARDEN’S FARM
  • Tom Asks If Veal Is The Answer

    Tom Asks If Veal Is The Answer

    A few months ago on Countryfile, John Craven, reported on efforts to stop newborn male dairy calves being shot at birth – because they cost too much to rear for beef. One solution was to use them for veal. Tom Heap finds out if progress has been made in creating a bigger market for veal in the UK. And he asks whether there are other ways of stopping the wasteful deaths of newborn dairy calves.

  • Ellie Learns To Ride Side Saddle

    Ellie Learns To Ride Side Saddle

    Ellie Harrison takes to the saddle again to learn about the heyday of ladies’ side saddle riding. Local enthusiasts dress Ellie in a traditional habit and teach her the key techniques to riding ‘aside’. She explores the sport’s rich history and meets the expert riders and trainers keeping the it alive today. But will Ellie be able to master the unusual art of side saddle riding?

    FIND OUT HOW TO RIDE SIDE SADDLE
  • Limestone Belties

    Limestone Belties

    Adam Henson visits farming friend Neil Heseltine who farms a herd of Belted Galloway cattle on a hillside in Malham, North Yorkshire. The cattle are used as part of a conservation project to graze the moorland and encourage more limestone loving wild flowers. At this time of the year the cattle need moving off the moorland to allow the wild plants to flower and set seed, so Adam and Neil herd them a mile downhill to the fresh pastures on the farmland below. Neil also keeps a selection of breeding bulls that Adam is keen to look at. He’s been on the hunt for a new Belted Galloway stock bull for some time and he hopes Neil might have a suitable bull.

    Find Out More About Belted Galloways

Credits

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Matt Baker
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Matt Baker
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Ellie Harrison
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Ellie Harrison
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John Craven
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John Craven
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Tom Heap
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Tom Heap
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan
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Adam Henson
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Adam Henson

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