RTÉ’s live award-winning farm show ‘Big Week on the Farm’ is back for a third series - and this time, the team is heading County Waterford! The programme will be presented live all this week from a purpose-built studio on the fields of the O’Sullivan Family’s dairy farm, in the Deise County.
Tonight, Ella McSweeney and Áine Lawlor will be joined by guest presenter, comedian and actress Deirdre O’Kane for the first episode of Big Week on the Farm. They will be taking a look at the secret world of the much-maligned crow family and will experience the beauty and excitement of wildlife on the beach.
Gillian O’ Sullivan will show how the farm of the future may thrive using robots and artificial intelligence. The farm in Waterford will play host to a 150-hundred strong audience, but with a live-link up to a sheep farm, on the first night of the show, will we have a live lambing?
Gillian and Neil and their children Fionn (6), Hannah (4) and Tim (2), are the host farmers this year. The family have been farming for generations and Gillian’s father and mother Marianne and Michael Wall are still heavily involved in the farm.
Featured in this year's series for the first time will be a look into the secret life of the Vet. A vet will be followed as he attempts to deliver a calf by Caesarian section – can he preserve the life of both cow and calf as we witness the arrival of new life? Also, he takes us through a seemingly routine hernia removal but as with all procedures potentially fatal danger is never far away.
Meanwhile, location presenters Darragh McCullough and Helen Carroll will be broadcasting live from ten different farms across the country; two different farms a night! They’ll witness the makeover of a cow as it is prepared for a live sale at an evening mart, the difficulties of being the only producer based on an island, the girls school which is rearing Aberdeen Angus Cows and a world record attempt to gather the largest collection of Massey Ferguson tractors in one place to name a few. Big Week on the Farm will also explore new technologies in farming, as researchers from around the world uncover how the farm of the future may be inhabited by a selection of robots and artificial intelligence.
Each night, on Big Week on the Farm, Ella, Áine and celebrity guests will present live studio demos, discussions, dissections, hatchings and births. Join in as the drama unfolds every night, April 9th-13th, from 7 pm on RTÉ One. Tune in tonight for Episode 1, RTÉ One, April 9th at 7 pm.