RTÉ One, Thursday, 8.30pm
Ear to the Ground

Programme 4

Shergar Kebabs? Would You Eat Horse Meat?
The Irish are a nation of horse lovers. But could you imagine eating them? The meat from our four legged friends has no fat so why not dish them up for dinner? Due to the current economic downturn there's a surplus of horses and many are being abandoned or left to starve. This week Helen Carroll meets a farmer who is successfully selling horse burgers and kebabs at various farmers markets. We are exporting large amounts of horse meat and our European neighbours have no qualms about eating them, but the question remains will we be seeing horse meat on more Irish dinner tables in the future?

Grain Growers Give Back
Eleven county Meath tillage farmers have come together to farm a hundred acres and donate all proceeds to charity. Darragh Mc Cullough catches up with this exceptional group known as Combines 4 Charity as they sow their crops. All those involved are giving up their, time, money and expertise for the benefit of four charities. We speak to the head of Barnardos Fergus Finlay, one of the charities who are lucky enough to receive funds from the scheme.

Where Does The Porridge On Your Table Come From?
On a cold winter morning there's nothing like a hearty bowl of porridge to heat you up and get you ready for the day. But where does the porridge on your breakfast table come from? This week Ella Mc Sweeney meets the family who have been providing the oats for our porridge for several generations. Farmer Harry Gray's family have been supplying oats to the Flahavan family since the late nineteenth century. We'll also meet Harry's sons who will be carrying on the tradition.



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