As Big Week on the Farm introduces the nation to the people who make rural life tick, Janice Butler travels to Co Kilkenny to meet reporter Helen Carroll (and dog Juno) to chat about family, farming and finding a balance.

Get a sneak peek of the interview below.

"A lot of the factors are out of the farmer’s control, so it’s very stressful," says Helen, adding that the issue will feature a lot in Big Week on the Farm, which goes out live every evening, covering the day-to-day challenges and pleasures of the farming life. 

"I think it will be a different show because of it. The animals are all still inside and I imagine the tone of this year’s programme will be completely dictated by the weather the last few months and the repercussions that have had on farmers." 

Changing from one outfit to another for the shoot, Helen laughs that this is very different from her day job; "I wouldn’t be one for dressing up, so it’s fun. The glamour side of TV doesn’t appeal to me, I’m more comfortable in my wellies and jeans," she says, adding; "I wouldn’t mind somewhere a bit warmer sometimes."

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