Taz Smith (pictured) made a valiant effort to become the second Cavan man to break a world record on this series of Big Week on the Farm but the challenge proved too much to swallow.
Taz (37), a father-of-four originally from Killashandra in Co Cavan and now living in Fermanagh, is no stranger to competitive eating having taken on the world’s biggest breakfast twice in one week. He readied himself for tonight’s world record attempt by drinking water and cups of coffee.
The record attempt was overseen by Guinness World Records adjudicator Jack Brockbank. To qualify as a valid record, Taz needed to eat more than eight cooked - but cold - sausages within one minute. The existing record of eight sausages in one minute stands since 2001.
Big Week on the Farm viewers watched as Taz took on the challenge and but fell short managing a respectable six sausages in 60 seconds.
On Monday, Cavan man Barry John Crowe broke the world record for sausage-making on the opening episode of this year’s Big Week on the Farm. Barry John made 78 sausages in 60 seconds, beating the previous record of 60. The show has another world record in its sights tomorrow with host farmer Patrick Shalvey’s attempt on the world tractor reverse record.
Viewers were also introduced to some adorable Border Collie puppies in The Secret Life of the Sheepdog
Big Week on the Farm airs all this week on RTÉ One at 7pm.
This year’s Big Week on the Farm comes live from the Shalvey dairy farm in Cootehill, Co Cavan, for five successive nights 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.