Another Guinness World Record was broken on RTÉ One's Big Week on the Farm last night.
Farmer Patrick Shalvey, whose family are hosting Big Week on the Farm on their dairy farm in Cootehill, Co Cavan, smashed the existing world record for reversing a tractor and trailer by 2.8 kilometres.
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The attempt was filmed on Wednesday last week with Patrick reversing his 30-year-old tractor and trailer down the N3 in Cavan.
Footage of the attempt and GPS tracker information were sent to Guinness World Records for verification and on last night's Big Week on the Farm, Guinness World Records adjudicator Jack Brockbank confirmed that Patrick had broken the record.
The previous record was held by Kerryman Eamonn Hickson who managed 17.36 kilometres in August 2014.
To qualify as a record, the entire journey had to be done in reverse using a commercially available tractor and trailer with no modifications.
Speaking after learning he had broken the record, Patrick Shavley said he was over the moon.
“I’m thrilled with that result. It is just fantastic. It was very enjoyable doing it and I had great help along the road.
"It is fantastic to be able to beat Kerry in something! It was two and a half hours and my neck was a bit sore afterwards but I had a bit of physio. It was worth it – to get that result tonight was really, really good”.
Earlier this week, Cavan butcher Barry John Crowe broke the record for sausage-making on the opening episode of this year’s Big Week on the Farm.
Barry John made 78 sausages in 60 seconds, beating the previous record of 60. However, an attempt to break the world sausage eating record the following night failed when Cavan man Taz Smith fell short of the eight sausages in one minute required to beat the longstanding record.
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