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March 25, 2016

Big Week on the Farm

Filed under: — Colm Webster @ 9:55 am


Big Week on the Farm

4 – 8 April 2016   RTE 1  Live Monday – Friday 7pm to 8pm

Major TV event comes to Westmeath !

Word is filtering out of a world record attempt live on TV on Monday night’s ” Big Week on the Farm” 

Ivan Scott is to try and break the Guinness World Record for shearing a sheep . Ivan is one of Ireland’s top shearers, and of course he will be in action in Castlepollard in June

Big Week on the Farm follows one of the busiest weeks for both farmers and nature as spring begins, providing the nation with real-time access to the compelling and captivating world of life on the farm for one week of live stripped event programming. This is an ambitious and enthralling week of live shows this April made by the producers of the award winning and long running rural affairs series Ear to the Ground.

From the emotive rollercoaster of new life and death on the farm, to the farm’s wildlife friends and foes – all captured using the latest production technologies. The nation will get an instantaneous taste of farming and country life. For one week viewers can follow the fascinating and important stories of Ireland’s spectacular countryside at its busiest and most beautiful.cwp_453clik_shearing

Ella McSweeney and Áine Lawlor will anchor the main nightly live shows from a lambing shed on a farm in Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath. The presenters will also be joined across the week by reporters Evelyn Cusack, Kian Egan, Anna Geary and Roz Purcell to name but a few along with expert contributors and a live  audience.

Ear To The Ground reporters Darragh McCullough and Helen Carroll will also be reporting live from other key locations around Ireland every night.

Each episode will provide intimate insights into the hectic happenings on the farms that week – the births, the feeding, the vaccinating, the castrating, the breeding, the veterinary interventions, the fixing and mending.

Each night from the lambing shed will feature live demos and discussions; stunning film inserts showing the months leading to spring. Recordings from the previous 24 hours will document the unfolding drama of farm life.

The agri-food sector contributes €24 billion to the Irish economy annually, representing almost 10% of all exports and nearly 8% of all employment. Major demand for fresh and nutritious food and supply constraints has created the perfect storm for tech and innovation to play a major role in food and farming. An ag-tech revolution is taking place in Irish farming, contributing massively to Ireland’s biggest indigenous sector.

Through the stories we tell and the real farmers we meet, we’ll explore how a new era of farming is emerging with technology transforming the industry.

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