Welsh Farmers Teach Urbanites the Art of Farm Life
After incurring a moderate amount of fame from appearing on BBC's "Lambing Live," Kate and Jim Beavan have opened their barn doors to the public. Their country life classes cover a variety of topics, including butchery, cider-making and lambing. It's not always easy for the students:
Paul Mapstone, erstwhile computing whiz-kid and urbanite, tugs gently on a pair of legs protruding from the ewe beside him and observes with concern that, slippery hooves aside, there is little as yet to show for his midwifery efforts in the lambing shed.
"He just doesn't want to come out," he says, a note of desperation creeping into a hitherto tranquil demeanour. But the man next to him, Jim Beavan – farmer, proud Welshman and lamber extraordinaire – sees no cause for panic. He once delivered 2,000 lambs in 17 days.