RTÉ One, Thursday, 8.30pm
Ear to the Ground

Programme 10

Miracle Man
This week Helen Carroll meets Kevin Mc Garry, who, like many young men at the moment, went to New Zealand to combine two interests - travelling and farming. While he was working on a farm on the North Island he had a tragic quad bike accident. After four weeks in a coma Kevin woke up to find himself in hospital and his legs had been amputated. He swore that he would not return to Ireland until he could walk through the terminal building. After several operations and rehabilitation Kevin arrived home in September 2010. Helen visits him on the family farm in Frenchpark Co Roscommon where he's putting his passion and energy into farming. He helps on the family farm and has applied to do an ag-science degree in UCD next year.

Purple Carrots And Spiked Cabbage
What would you do if the large company you had been supplying for sixteen years suddenly terminated their contract leaving you with the prospect of going out of business and making twelve staff redundant? For one Cork family this was a reality in 1998. With crops in the field they decided to diversify their business and get into prepared vegetables for the catering trade. Ella Mc Sweeney visits the farm and learns how the farm has coped following the move into the prepared vegetable industry. She also sees some of the more unusual crops that the family are growing.

It's All In The Genes
Do you like your bulls big, mean and French? We travel to Limoges home of Limousin cattle, one of the most popular beef breeds in Ireland. Here, breeding pedigree bulls is big business. Darragh Mc Cullough meets some of the Irish breeders who come here to buy. These farmers seek out pedigree bulls with the best genetics to bring back to Ireland. Darragh will also visit the Headquarters of Limousin Genetics the nerve centre of pedigree Limousin breeding where they keep detailed databases on the genetic make-up of the animals.



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