Farmer

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Duration: 1 hour

Dairy farmer Richard Gibson is swapping the damp surroundings of Devon to live and work with Samburu tribesmen, who herd their cattle in the parched and desolate mountains of northern Kenya.

British farmers have suffered from low milk prices and squeezed margins but it is nothing compared to the struggles of Richard's host, village elder Lemerigichen. In recent years drought has decimated the herds in this region, forcing many Samburu off their land and into the poverty of local towns. Richard launches himself into an alien lifestyle - sleeping rough in the wilderness, drinking cow's blood and digging and digging to find water. The two men form a touching bond through the love of their animals and the basic drive to support their families, whilst Richard gains an insight into what it is like to tend a herd when surrounded by lions, leopards and hyenas.

Credits

Executive Producer
Sam Bagnall
Executive Producer
Sam Bagnall
Executive Producer
Simon Watts-Davies
Executive Producer
Simon Watts-Davies
Director
Hannah Griffiths
Director
Hannah Griffiths
Producer
Hannah Griffiths
Producer
Hannah Griffiths

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The farmers

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Profiles of two farmers with very different lives

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