CountryWide

    Saturday, 8.10am

    CountryWide Saturday 2 May 2015

    Listen

    CountryWide

    People, events and happenings around the country, presented by Damien O'Reilly.

    12 YEARS AS MAIN MEAT MAN

    Agricultural economist Ciaran Fitzgerald has just finished as Chairman of Meat Industry Ireland after 12 years. MII is the part of IBEC ( the Employers Federation) that represents the meat processors, a significant part of the agricultural economy here. And it is nearly 30 years since BSE broke was discovered in the UK, an outbreak that was to disrupt the worldwide beef market, and which is still rumbling on.

    Meat Industry Ireland: Website

    Contact Ciaran Fitzgerald; Ciaran@ciaranfitzgerald.ie 

    And as Damien Promised here is that 2009 interview with Ivan Yeats on his time as Minister during the BSE Crisis 

    MORE UPLAND FIRES - BUT LEGIT THIS TIME!

    The Hill of Uisneach in Westmeath is an ancient druidic site and for several years now it is the centre of the Fire Festival. Brenda Donoghue went there for us and talks live to David Clarke,the owner of the farm in which Uisneach is located, and to Marty Mulligan, co-ordinator of the Festival. The event kicks off at 2pm Saturday May 2. BUT as you heard live today, it has been deferred to Saturday next May 9 due to appalling weather.  

    Uisneach Fire Festival 2015: uisneach.ie

    LOUISE DOES LAMBAY

     

    Lambay island lies just off the East coast of Ireland at North Co Dublin. The island is privately owned but it does have a working farm, producing sheep, cattle ( Angus/Galloway cross) and wallabees. The Market Butcher ( part of M and K Meats) are heavily involved in the farm and sell all the meat produced on the island. Louise Denvir took a boat to the island with Michael Bermingham, one of the owners of M and K Meats to see how it works. Louise also talked to Vet Peadar O'Scannaill, who looks after the welfare of the animals on the island..

    The Market Butcher : themarketbutchers.ie

    LAMBAY PICS

    As  promised here are those fab pics taken by Louise and Michael on Lambay 

    The Church 

    The House 

     

    More house 

    Lambay Tennis Court (white building) and pier

    The Real Tennis Court - Lambay Island - One of Two in Ireland

    HOW DOES AI WORK?

    Here's a pic! 

    Unless you live on a farm with cattle or work in the trade, you probably think AI stands for Artificial Intelligence, and so it does also, but not in the context of cattle. It is a means of taking semen from carefully selected bulls and spreading those desirable characteristics to a wider population of cattle by injecting the semen to Cows/Heifers who are fertile/ovulating. Damien ventured down to Thurles in Tipperary, the home of Dovea Genetics, to see how it works in practice. 

    Dovea web : Dovea Genetics.ie

    About The Show

    Damien O'Reilly and the CountryWide team feature the events, people and happenings that bring colour and life to communities, towns and villages across the country

    CountryWide

    Latest Show

    CountryWide on Twitter

    Presenter: Damien O'Reilly

    Producer: Ian Wilson

    Schedule Open Schedule