Helen Carroll with with James Murphy on Saddle Hill Farm, Inistioge
It's Springtime on Ear to the Ground, and where else would Helen Carroll be, only on a sheep farm at the start of a busy lambing season.
She spent the day with James Murphy on Saddle Hill Farm just outside Inistioge in Co Kilkenny.
James will be lambing over 300 ewes over the next couple of months but, while prices are strong for the meat that this year’s crop of lambs will produce, unfortunately the same can’t be said about the wool on their backs.
As well as enjoying seeing healthy lambs being born, Helen will be asking why are wool prices so poor - in fact, farmers can expect to receive so little for a fleece, that many don’t even bother selling it.
Ear to the Ground airs on Thursday, January 31, on RTÉ One at 7pm. The programme is repeated the following Sunday at 13.10pm.
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