Adam Henson recalls having sheep killed by loose dogs
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Adam Henson recently launched his own Channel 5 series, Our Family Farm Rescue, which sees the Countryfile presenter helping a number of farmers who are struggling to save their farms. Throughout the first series, which was a hit with viewers, Adam worked together with the farmers to come up with different ways they could be an extra source of income. The 55-year-old, who grew up on a farm, was able to help the farmers because he knows what it is like to struggle. In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk Adam admitted over the years he has faced many challenges and there were times where he feared he couldn’t save his own farm.
The TV host runs his dad’s farm, Cotswold Farm Park, along with his business partner.
He explained over the years he has had to come up with new ways to earn an extra income.
“We are always looking at new ideas and doing some market research,” he began.
“Looking at the planning and working out how we are going to sell the idea to the consumer.”
Speaking about the struggles he has faced, the host continued: “There have been difficult moments for us and things that we have to overcome.
“But by surrounding ourselves with really good people and really good staff to help manage those for us is, is a huge help.
“But it’s not always easy. There’s the weather, there’s politics and there’s pandemics.
“There is always something that can really hit you hard.”
Adam went on to recall one difficult year when his farm was hit with foot and mouth disease.
He detailed the heartbreaking moment the entire countryside was closed down.
“The foot and mouth year was incredibly difficult for the whole of the British countryside,” Adam explained.
“The countryside was closed down with animals being slaughtered and burned in pyres all over the countryside, which is horrendous.”
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“And for us, my business partner and I invested in the Cotswold Farm Park enterprise and borrowed a significant amount of money to try and improve what we had,” the Channel 5 host added.
“And we are on the tenanted farm, (so) we live in rented houses on a rented farm.
“And then foot and mouth hit and we were sitting at a kitchen table with our wives and children thinking how on earth are we ever going to get through?
“We thought we are going to lose our business, our farm and our homes. It was incredibly difficult.”
Adam, who regularly co-hosts Countryfile also hit back at some of the criticism the BBC programme has faced over some of its farming segments.
In a recent episode, Countryfile faced backlash after a farmer spoke about “slaughtering” his animals during the show. Some viewers felt the segment was “insensitive”.
Adam explained that some people “don’t think” about where their food comes from, or they “just don’t know”.
“There is this large void of knowledge of what’s going on in the food supply chain,” he said.
“And a lot of these programmes [like Countryfile] highlights some of the issues, some of the difficulties and some of the challenges.”
Countryfile airs on Sunday at 7pm on BBC One.
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