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Saturday, 8.10am

CountryWide Saturday 25 March 2017

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CountryWide

People, events and happenings around the country, presented by Speech Broadcaster of the Year Damien O'Reilly.

Udderless Cows

Udderless Cows

Andy Dermody is a farmer from Twomileborris, Co. Tipperary & he joins Damien on the line this morning. Also we have Dr Jennifer McClure, a geneticist with the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation to discuss further what Andy speaks about.

Brexit Effect

Brexit Effect

With fears of the effects of Brexit on Irish agriculture continue to occupy minds. This week the Agricultural Science Association & Bord Bia both held big events analysing the possible effects. Wetherspoons operates 1000 pubs in the UK & here in Ireland & buys millions of euros worth of food & drink from the EU countries every year. Tim Martin founded the Weatherspoons chain of pubs in 1979 & this week spoke to Anna Hill of the BBC about Brexit effect on his food & drinks purchases.

CAP - Common Agricultural Policy

CAP - Common Agricultural Policy

Mention the Common Agricultural Policy & a heated debate is sure to ensue. Each yer almost 60 billion euro of EU money is funnelled into keeping European farming ticking over & supplying us with food that is subject to strict rules. Supporters say it keeps food affordable, detractors say it only props up unsustainable & unprofitable farming. But CAP policy is always under review. Suzanne Cambell was at a meeting of the Committee of the regions held in Brussels this week & joins Damien this morning.

Fish Wars

Fish Wars

Sean O'Fonoghue of the Killybegs Fishermans Organisation, his counterpart Patrick Murphy from Castletownbere & fishermen Kieran Doherty & Michael Gallager , Killybegs & John D O'Sullivan from Castletownbere speaking in that report with Damien.

RDS Career Fair

RDS Career Fair

It is estimated that there are around 120,000 farmers in Ireland ranging from the hobby farmer with a couple of acres & a few sheep to the bigger dairy & tillage operators. It is a number that dwindles year on year yet the number of jobs associated with primary farming are increasing, in associated areas of food processing, animal health, research & so on. At the RDS later this week over 1,000 jobs in the agri food sector will be on offer. In studio with Damien are William Faulkner, HR Manager for Fyffes in Ireland & Mary Phelan of the Farmers Journal.

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Speech Broadcaster of the Year Damien O'Reilly and the CountryWide team feature the events, people and happenings that bring colour and life to communities, towns and villages across the country.

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