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Ear to the Ground

Series 24: Programme 1

Ear to the Ground

Ear To The Ground

STILL GOING STRONG AT 98
Dan Moran from Co. Roscommon is still going strong at almost 98 and reckons he has trained several hundred sheep dogs. As Dan approaches his 98th birthday, Ella Mc Sweeney travelled to his home in Four Roads to spend the day out on the farm with him and to find out more about what makes him so good at what he does. Ella also brings a secret weapon along with her as she sets up a competition between Dan's Border Collie Dell, and a ¤2,000 drone, to see which one can herd sheep the best.

Meat Free Mart In recent months, Mary Robinson and Mick Wallace have called for people to reduce their consumption of meat in order to save the planet. But farmers love their beef, and do not think they can do anything to affect climate change. So Ear to the Ground challenged vegan chef James de Burca to prepare a meat free meal for the farmers attending Carnew Mart. Would the cattle farmers swap their roast beef and gravy for tempeh fuelled cottage pie? Darragh McCullough investigates beef producers' role in climate change and asks should we cut down on our carnivorous appetites to reduce the impact of climate change.

BUSY SPRING
This Spring over two million cows will calve in Ireland, and as many sheep will lamb. For Irish farmers, Spring is the busiest time of the year. Helen Carroll visits the Moran farm on the Roscommon Galway border to see twin lambs being born. Farmer Enda Moran has 200 ewes to lamb, and over 100 cows to calve and milk, as well as a busy machinery contracting business and some barley and oats to sow. He may just be one of the country busiest farmers!

PUMPKINS
Ear to the Ground visits the famous Hill of Ward, to the site of the first ever bonfire, and it was here that the origins of Halloween began.
When young farmer Thomas Dillon asked his father Ben for two acres of land to grow pumpkins for Halloween he thought he'd lost the plot. Three years later, Thomas is proving them all wrong. He now grows 13,000 pumpkins a year. Ella McSweeney travels to Girley, Co. Meath to meet Tom as he opens up his pumpkin patch to sell this years harvest for Halloween.

When young farmer Thomas Dillon asked his father Ben for two acres of land to grow pumpkins for Halloween he thought he'd lost the plot. Three years later, Thomas is proving them all wrong. He now grows 13,000 pumpkins a year. Ella McSweeney travels to Girley, Co. Meath to meet Tom as he opens up his pumpkin patch to sell this years harvest for Halloween.

Ear to the Ground is produced by Independent Pictures for RTÉ

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