Viewers watched Cavan man Barry John Crowe (36) make minced meat of the existing record for making the most sausages in one minute.
Coming live from the Big Week on the Farm set on the Shalvey family farm in Cootehill, Co Cavan, Barry John managed to create 78 perfect sausages in 60 seconds to claim the world record. The existing record was 60 sausages in one minute.
The feat is all the more impressive because Barry John has been practising to beat the record for just a month, since he was first approached by Big Week on the Farm to take on the challenge.
Speaking afterwards Barry John said: “It is a great achievement, I am delighted to be able to have done it. It came as a bit of a surprise to be asked to do it so to be able to manage it on live television is great. Having the name in the Guinness World Record is definitely a bonus!”
The world record was overseen and verified by Guinness World Records adjudicator Jack Brockbank. This is the second world record broken on the RTÉ One programme – last year Ivan Scott smashed the sheep shearing world record live on air.
Barry John has been making sausages since he was 13, following in the footsteps of his father. The family butcher shop – Crowe’s in Cavan – is famed for its innovative sausages including a honeycomb and chocolate chip sausage.
This year’s Big Week on the Farm aims to smash more world records over the course of the week with the sausage eating world record up next. On Wednesday viewers will find out if host farmer Patrick Shalvey has broken the record for the world’s longest tractor reverse.
Big Week on the Farm airs at 7pm across the week on RTÉ One. Hosted by Áine Lawlor and Ella McSweeney, the agricultural show gives viewers an insight into life on Ireland’s farms as they come to life during spring. Over the course of the week celebrity guest presenters including Ruby Walsh, Al Porter, Vogue Williams, Pat Shortt and Aoibhín Garrihy, will descend on the Shalvey family’s dairy farm, amidst the chaos of spring calving and milking.
Earlier in the day Dancing with the Stars’ Aoibhín Garrihy attempted the Pull the Udder One challenge, to see how much milk she could draw from a cow in one minute, and danced right to the top of the leader board. Aoibhín (pictured) proved a dab hand at milking, drawing 203 millilitres from Carmel the Cow beating the previous record of 140 millilitres held by RTÉ weather broadcaster Siobhan Ryan.