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26 May 2022

Kilkenny dairy farmer to feature on RTE

Kilkenny

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A Kilkenny farmer is set to feature on RTE's Ear To The Ground programme tonight (Thursday).

Two and a half million dairy and beef calves will be born  on Irish farms this year and the next couple months are  going to be busy ones. But with concerns mounting about  both their emissions and welfare, what does the future  hold for the calves of 2022?

Ear To The Ground's reporter Darragh visits farmer Eamon Sheehan in Kilkenny to discuss the matter.

The programme will be broadcast tonight, Thursday 17th February, on RTÉ One at 7pm. You can catch the repeat broadcast on Sunday at 1.10pm. 

Also on tonight's show -

Sheep Attacks 

There were 241 dog attacks on livestock reported in 2020. But many attacks go unwitnessed. Helen 

O'Carroll visits the Glenmalure Valley in Wicklow,  where recurring attacks on different flocks across the valley have brought farmers to breaking point. 

Bog Rewetting 

For so many years the language associated with bogs  has often been negative, with words such as 

marginal and wasteland being used. But with our twin biodiversity and climate crisis, farmers are now 

realising they are sitting on a potential goldmine. Ella visited Catherine Ní Ciardha and the restoration of her bogland in Clare. 

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