Countryfile highlights struggles to get into farming

The struggles faced by young people trying to get into farming will be aired this Sunday on BBC1’s Countryfile.

The TV show will profile Gareth Barlow, a 19-year-old from North Yorkshire, who bought his first sheep when he was 16.

He is determined to run his own business but, not coming from a farming backgroung, is facing big hurdles.

He now runs a small flock of Hebridean sheep, plus works part-time in a butcher shop and hopes to start studying part-time at a local agricultural college this autumn.

You can see Gareth on Countryfile which starts at 7pm on Sunday (April 18).

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