Charming farm animals delighting viewers during lockdown star in Channel 5 show

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The trials and triumphs of all creatures great and small are ­proving to be the perfect solution to lockdown blues.

Millions of people have been fascinated by amazing daily online videos starring ­the animals on a Yorkshire farm.

And on Tuesday a six-part TV series featuring them starts on Channel 5, ­presented by Countryfile’s Helen Skelton, 36, and Jules Hudson, 50.

Some of the farm’s most gripping ­footage has been of boer nanny goat Gladys ­delivering a kid that was not breathing.

More than 2.2 million viewers have seen the traumatic CCTV footage.

The commentary on the video says: “One of our boer nanny goats has given birth to an unresponsive kid.

“Without assistance it will struggle to survive. Farmers Rob and Dave turn up just in time to help.

“Rob clears the kid’s airway but it doesn’t show signs of life.

More than 2.2 million viewers have seen the traumatic CCTV footage of boer nanny goat Gladys delivering a kid that was not breathing

As a last resort Rob inflates the lungs to try and stimulate the kid to breathe, it works and the kid lets out its first call to mum.”

Later in the four-minute video the goat delivers the kid’s twin. By the end both cute newborns are standing and being looked after by their mother.

Another popular and emotional video is of Will, a shire horse foal taking his first ­tentative steps ­outside following mum Orchid. It finally shows them cantering around a field.

Posts such as these from Cannon Hall Farm near Barnsley, South Yorkshire, showing the joy of new life when the nation is dealing with daily Covid-19 deaths has caught people’s imagination across the world.

Country File’s Helen Skelton will co-host the new six-part series based on a Yorkshire farm
(Image: Channel 5)

The farm, which is usually open to the public, closed just before lockdown.

Farmer Rob Nicholson who runs the place with his brother Dave, said “We ­decided to start doing daily live streams and posting videos to our Facebook to keep us and everyone going. We wanted to share the magic of new life with everyone to give them a boost.

“A lot of people on their own are lonely because of what is happening and we’ve been told we keep them going and they view us like a family, I vowed to do this every day through lockdown. We’re on week ten now.”

The farm, which is usually open to the public, closed just before lockdown.

Another popular and emotional video is of Will, the shire horse foal, taking his first steps

Rob said: “We have had hundreds of letters and emails from people across the UK and even America who say that we have saved them during this time and watching the animals has helped with their mental health.

One nurse wrote saying: ‘Farmer Robert said that if there is a ITU nurse wearing PPE and making people better they are the real heroes.

“I am an ITU nurse, I run an intensive care unit, we use PPE and try to save lives but exactly as they say, not all hero’s wear capes and for me Cannon Hall Farm live streams and video clips have been a life saver.

“I have never ­experienced such high level of continuous stress at work or home in 20 years of ­critical care nursing.

Farmer Rob Nicholson and his brother Dave who run the farm
(Image: Daisybeck)

“I have found it ­difficult to relax and escape all consumed by Covid-19.

“On a rare day off, watching the farm gives me just that, an hour or a few ­minutes escape.

“It really does help. You are helping a critical care nurse keep strong in difficult times’.”

n the first episode of This Week on The Farm, there are newborns, highland cow Ted is prepared for his first country show, the vet deals with a lamb with a broken leg and Rob and Dave are shearing sheep.

  • This Week on The Farm, Tuesday, Channel 5, 8pm.

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