Renowned TikToker and farmer, Katie Shanahan (27), has been announced as the host of a brand-new TV show, Farming Now, from early new month, producers have confirmed to That’s Farming.
The series – which Maura Canning is the executive producer and advisor of – will begin on Monday, April 3rd, 2023, from 10 – 11 pm weekly on Sky 181, Free To Air Satellite and worldwide at www.hotcountrytv.com website and free apps.
Farming Now is a Cork-based production, produced by Hugh O’Brien from award-winning Hot Country TV broadcasting for almost 14 years.
According to O’Brien, Farming Now is “the only show” on any TV channel dedicated to farming in Ireland and The UK.
About the host/presenter:
Shanahan farms part-time on her family farm with her parents and three brothers in Co Cork, is fresh out of agricultural college, having recently completed her Green Cert and is currently undertaking a masters degree in marketing at University College Cork.
She explained: “I was always happiest when farming and started social media during lockdown to promote agriculture.”
“I am excited to join the Farming Now team but also excited to learn more about the world of farming and agriculture by being involved in this programme,” said Katie, who has over 150,000 followers online.
When she is not busy in college or working, she can be found on the farm with her collie pup, Skye, and her pet sheep, Dolly and Polly, who are also internet sensations.
Katie’s main interests in farming are pedigree sheep breeds and promoting safety in farming and women in agriculture.
Interview with That’s Farming
That’s Farming’s resident editor, Catherina Cunnane, interviewed Shanahan previously:
She explained that Covid-19 lockdowns made her “realise how much I love being outdoors and thoroughly enjoy the work that comes with farming”.
“I was very unsure what I wanted to do after my Leaving Cert,” she told Catherina Cunnane.
“I never intended to do the Green Cert as taking over the family farm was never a career I foresaw for myself.”
“My aim is to show my journey as a farmer’s daughter to a farmer with her own flock of pedigree sheep and to be taken seriously by other farmers in the industry.”
“Although I am starting my farming journey rather late, it is the best decision I ever made,” she added.
Read about her journey in this article.