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Ear to the Ground

Series 23: Programme 10

Ear to the Ground

It will never happen to me

Over 3,500 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Ireland. It has a good survival rate, dependent on early prognosis and treatment. Farmers have a reputation of being the biggest culprits in avoiding the necessary health checks.

Helen Carroll went to Co. Laois to meet Roland Bradley who runs a company supplying generators to dairy farmers. Just a month ago Roland had an operation to have his prostate cancer removed and despite still being in the early days of recovery, Roland was anxious to tell his story in the hope that others would take heed.

Super Furry Animals

The growing number of open farms in Ireland has increased the risk of serious infections being transmitted from animals to children. Bugs like E Coli and salmonella are present in animal waste, and without proper precautions, can make visitors to open farms very ill. A new set of guidelines have been issued by the Environmental Health Association to educate people on the necessary steps to keep safe.

Ella McSweeney paid a visit to the Leahy's Open Farm in Dungourney which attracts over 30,000 visitors each year to East Cork.

Testing Times

With new Road Safety Regulations coming into effect on January 1st, Darragh McCullough, like many other farmers, needs to sit his trailer driving test.

Can he break the habits of a lifetime and learn how to tow a trailer safely? Instructor Tim Connolly prepares him for the test, while Michael Moroney of the Farmer's Journal fills him in on the new rules of tractor and trailer safety.

Ear to the Ground is produced by Independent Pictures for RTÉ

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