Offaly vet and farmer to make television appearance
Any Offaly vet and farmer are set to feature on RTÉ's Ear To The Ground on Thursday, February 14, as they discuss the issue of TB in the Irish farming community.
Seventy years after the TB eradication scheme was introduced, this costly disease still strikes fear into every cattle farmer in the country.
Every year, every bovine must be tested for the disease. If the animal reacts to the test, it must be removed from the herd and the farm is locked up, meaning no animals can leave the farm until the next test is clear. It is costly, as the farmer must be compensated, but the disruption is more than just the loss of the animal.
Presenter Helen Carroll travels with Offaly-based vet Donal Lynch as he visits farms to carry out TB testing, and also to deliver results to farmers who depend on an all-clear result in order to allow them to continue farming without restrictions.
One of those farmers is Noel Keyes from Killina who is waiting for test results, and is anxious about what they may hold. The segment will air on Ear To The Ground on RTÉ One at 7pm on Thursday, February 14.
Also on the show is Lowe and Co, is a small shop in Athlone, Westmeath, which is reviving an old style of retailing, and bucking the trend towards chain stores and out of town malls.
Lynda McFarland and Eddie Lowe returned from the UK to set up an artisan grocery store, and sell locally sourced products without the ubiquitous plastic packaging. It is a formula that has charmed local shoppers hankering after an old-style food shop.
Ella McSweeney visits the shop, and also some of its suppliers who are renewing a tradition in the midlands.