1. ITV Report

Coast and Country goes live from a Welsh sheep farm

There’s a change to Coast & Country this week as the team presents the first ever live edition of the popular ITV Cymru Wales series from a Welsh sheep farm.

Presenters Ruth Wignall, Andrew Price and Hannah Thomas will be joining farmer Russell Edwards, his wife Eira and their son Rhys at Hendre Ifan Goch Farm near Bridgend to see how they cope with the busiest time of the year - the lambing season.

The 30-minute live broadcast on Friday (8pm) will bring home to viewers the challenges of working in a 24/7 farming environment. The Coast & Country team have also been filming at the farm over the past weeks and Friday’s show will feature pre-recorded items covering different aspects of sheep farming.

Presenters Andrew Price and Ruth Wignall

Ruth will be finding out how the Edwards family thrives on the challenge of working day and night, while Hannah will be investigating the issues that could face the Welsh lamb industry post-Brexit.

“As ITV Wales’ weather presenter I'm more than used to broadcasting live in different locations,” says Ruth. “But throw into the mix a working farm location and hundreds of expectant ewes, and you never know what might happen!

Over the past few weeks we've been following the incredible effort that goes in to lambing season. I've seen for myself the dedication and the care that goes into bringing these little ones into the world and, as lambing is a 24 hour business, we've followed developments through day and night.

– Ruth Wignall

Andrew Price adds: “Coast & Country Live will bring a whole new dimension to our programme. It's a first for the team, and will put us and viewers right at the heart of the action. And, who knows, we may even have a birth whilst we're on air.”