Flying Tumbler

Down & Dirty on the Farm

‘Down & Dirty on the Farm’, is a twenty-four part series that joins farmers as they plough the land, harvest crops, tend to animals, and endeavors to be involved in as many aspects of farming as possible. It also explains the science behind farming, with experts from Teagasc and other organisations.

  • Calving

    In this the first program Monica Hayes spent an evening in the maternity ward of the cow shed of dairy farmer Eamonn Redmond. https://soundcloud.com/kclr96fm/down-dirty-on-the-farm-calving

  • Silage

    In this program Monica Hayes spent a morning on Matt O’Keefe’s farm in Clara Co. Kilkenny when the silage was being cut…. https://soundcloud.com/kclr96fm/down-dirty-on-the-farm-making-silage

  • Forestry

    In this program we focus on Forestry and Monica Hayes spent an afternoon with Will Gabbett, a farmer in Ballytobin Co. Kilkenny gazing up towards the sky looking at the trees in his woods. The piece also features Frances McHugh, Forestry Advisor from T …

  • Lambing

    In this program we focus on lambs and this program was recorded in March when Monica Hayes went to visit Nicholas Redmond’s pedigree Charolais ewes in the middle of lambing season. The piece also features Hugh Mahon Dry Stock Advisor with Teagasc Oak P …

  • Pig Farming

    In this program we enter the world of pig farming and chat with Mattie Moore at his pig fattening unit in Tullow, Co Carlow. The program also features Gerard McCutcheon Pig Enterprise Advisor with Teagasc. https://soundcloud.com/kclr96fm/down-dirty-on- …

  • Shearing

    In this program we focus once more on sheep & lambs. This program was recorded at the end of May when Monica Hayes went to visit Suzanna Crampton a sheep farmer in Bennettsbridge as her sheep were being sheared by Andrew Forristal. The piece also featu …

  • Organic Farming

    In this program the focus is on Organic Farming and we meet Dominic Leonard who runs Castlewood Organic Farm and Castlewood Farm Shop and Tearooms in Durrow. Also featuring in the interview is Elaine Leavy and Dan Clavin, Organic Specialists with Teaga …

  • Milking the Cows

    In this programme we go behind the scenes in the milking parlour of Kilkenny farmer Brian Roche and his father Tommy and get an insight into the production of milk and the care of cows. George Ramsbottom from Teagasc also features in this programme htt …

  • Worms and Other Infections

    In this programme we get the low down on infections that can occur in sheep like, worms, scab, scald, blow fly…. None very attractive sounding, and hear from Hugh Mahon, Drystock Advisor with Teagasc, Derek Deegan, Sheep Farmer in Carlow and Frank O’ …

  • Potato Growing

    Eddie Doyle, a vegetable grower in Mooncoin Co Kilkenny gives us an understanding of spuds and the challenges of selling turnips to large supermarkets while Denis Griffin Potato Breeder at Teagasc explains the research behind developing and selecting p …

  • Harvesting Oil Seed Rape

    It’s August, the sun is shining and its time to harvest the crops and in this programme we meet Carlow tillage farmer Kevin Nolan, on his combine, as he harvests oil seed rape. Michael Hennessy, Head of Crop Knowledge Transfer lends his experience to t …

  • Organic Poultry

    For some farmers it important to consider growing or producing for a niche market. Sean Ring from Castlecomer found his market in the rearing of organic poultry and in this programme we hear about his journey and the importance of building relationship …

  • A Day At the Mart

    The Mart! Its full of energy, sounds, smells and characters and it’s a great place to go to learn about farming and talk to farmers. This piece features Kilkenny Mart at Cillin Hill and features interviews with farmers and staff, auctioneer George Cand …

  • Ploughing

    In this programme Siobhan Dermody practices her ploughing in preparation to represent Kilkenny in the National Ploughing Championships in Fenagh under the guidance of coach Eddie Doyle. Siobhan went on to win Queen of the Plough. The programme also fea …

  • Harvesting Honey

    In early September the Carlow Beekeepers Association harvested the honey from their apiary and in this programme we witness them going about the work and hear from Paddy Holohan, John Blanch and Ann Hutton as they talk about the fascinating life of bee …

  • Fruit Farming

    In this program we explore fruit and join James Malone on his fruit farm in Ballon County Carlow to hear about strawberries and raspberries and more soft fruits. Dermot Callaghan Head of Horticulture with Teagasc Ashtown Park in Dublin also features in …

  • Flower Farming

    In this program the focus is on flowers and flower farming and we met up with Orla Clare of Soah Flowers to talk about growing and using flowers as part of her floristry business. The interview also features Dermot Callaghan Head of Horticulture in Tea …

  • Spreading Slurry

    n this program we talk about slurry and interview Matt O’Keeffe farmer and presenter of the Farm Show here on KCLR, James Byrne of Byrne Agri Contractors and Mark Plunkett, Specialist in Soil and Plant Nutrition in Teagasc Johnstown Castle, Wexford htt …

  • Mushrooms

    Nikk George is the proprietor of Fancy Fungi based in County Wexford and he grows exotic mushrooms like oyster mushrooms and shiitake mushrooms. He talks about the business and Dermot Callaghan Head of Horticulture in Teagasc Ashtown Park, Dublin contr …

  • Organic Market Gardening

    Liam Ryan, of Moyleabbey Organic Farm shares his experiences working 5 acres of organic land to sow salad vegetables, fruit, leeks, corn and more at the Carlow Farmer’s Market in Carlow. The programme also features Dermot Callaghan, Head of Horticultur …

  • Energy Crops

    Despite Ireland’s commitments to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, Bill Madigan from Windgap Co Kilkenny, who set up Kilogen, a Green Energy Company in 2007, is no longer growing the biofuel crop, miscanthus, because currently there is no market for it. …

  • Trout Farming

    Ger and Mag Kirwan run Goatsbridge Trout Farm in Jerpointabbey, Thomastown Co Kilkenny and in this programme Ger talks about the history of Goatsbridge, farming trout, fish processing and of course the end products – paté, caviar, smoked trout and fres …

  • Boars & Goats

    Boars and Goats dominate this programme which features Bartek proprietor of Dizzy Goat Farms in Kilkenny. Bartek runs a few micro farms and makes his own goats cheese and smoked meats and other produce https://soundcloud.com/kclr96fm/down-dirty-on-the- …

  • Sustainable Farming

    In this program we join Victor Brannigan who is passionate about Sustainable Farming. He lives just outside Graiguenamanagh in a place called Ballyogan where an interesting project is evolving https://soundcloud.com/kclr96fm/down-dirty-on-the-farm-sust …