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Ear to the Ground

Programme 5

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ear to the ground
ear to the ground

Thieving Tractors

Investigating the issue of rural crime, in this episode of Ear to the Ground Darragh discovers a spate of tractors stolen from yards late at night. As tractors can be worth the same as some sports cars - up to €150,000 - it’s not surprising that they are disappearing at an alarming rate.

This year, according figures released by FBD, tractor theft rose by 50%. November is the most lucrative period for burglars. In addition to that, new crime data published by the Central Statistics Office indicated that the number of burglaries has jumped significantly in recent months.

Darragh meets Eoin Lynch, a Louth farmer who recently had a tractor worth €75,000 stolen from his yard late one night. He also meets Kevin Magee, a businessman who is developing innovative and exciting new tracking technology which, when fitted, records a tractors every move.

The Presidential Race

The time has come again for candidates to vie for the coveted role of IFA President. This isn’t an easy won race. Candidates have to travel the length and breadth of the country, visiting farms and wooing potential voters.

In this episode, Helen goes on the road to meet the three candidates running for IFA President - John Bryan, Richard Kennedy and Derek Deane. She finds out just what is involved in each campaign, and why each thinks they would be most suitable as president of the IFA.

Taste of Beef

Last week, Darragh met three men who had reared three different breeds of cattle in order to settle a bet and find out which breed produced the best tasting steak. The cattle were bought at Elphin mart and set to graze on a small farm. After 18 months of minding and feeding, the cows were ready to be put to the test.

In this episode, the results of this taste test are in, as Darragh finds out whether it is Hereford, Limousin, Angus or Charlois that produces the best cut of steak.