The British Film Institute presents the best global cinema on-demand:
From classic and contemporary films to the best of the BFI National Archive.

Beef and Sheep in the South-west
Beef and Sheep in the South-west

Beef and Sheep in the South-west 1966


This film is certified

Please confirm that you accept our terms of use.


Beef and Sheep in the South-west 1966

26 mins United Kingdom Director. John Shepherd

This vibrant instructional film reveals the science behind the art of rearing sheep and cows, exploring ways of managing grassland intensively. The farms in Wiveliscombe in Somerset, Haytor in Devon, and Petherwin, St. Clether, Liskeard and St. Tudy in Cornwall are the image of tradition. But the lush fields are dosed with "nitro chalk" to ensure the growth of grass, the all-important feed for beef cattle and sheep - agriculture in synch with industry.

The Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) Film Unit, which produced the film, was an enduring part of the educational and promotional work of the company, making industrial and instructional films from the 1920s to the 1980s. In 1964 ICI formed its own agricultural division, combining subsidiary companies and internal interests into a merged body and providing new impetus for films with a farming subject matter.

Directed by

John Shepherd






United Kingdom



Read lessRead more
Part of

1,000s of beautifully preserved films, capturing 120 years of Britain on Film

The map


View All

Welcome to a new subscription service like no other.

>100s of hand-picked classics and critically-acclaimed films

>Critic Mark Kermode picks a must-see film every week

>No contract, cancel anytime

Cookies Policy

This website uses cookies, as explained in our Cookies Policy.

To accept the terms and hide this message please click 'I accept'.

I accept

Passionate about film? So are we…

Don't miss the email made for the in-the-know film fan:

New releases — on the same day as in cinemas Special collections & unheralded classics Exclusive news on discounts

Never ask | Ask me later