Sheep Farmers

Farmers: A Year on the Land
S1:Ep445 mins2011

Latest figures would suggest that traditional sheep farming is in crisis. Sheep used to be reared for their wool as well as their meat. But the fashion for man-made fibers and wooden floors has seen the demand for jumpers and carpets collapse – and so the price of wool has collapses as well. Ireland’s 31000 sheep farmers earn an average family farm income of under 10,000 euros a year. Sheep farming is not a job you do for the money.

Video Language: English