RA­DIO MO­MENT OF THE WEEK

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - AUDIO REVIEWS -

FOD­DER FOR THOUGHT

City dwellers may gripe about rain dis­rupt­ing traf­fic, but Coun­try­wide (RTÉ Ra­dio 1, Satur­day) gives a sharp re­minder of the crip­pling ef­fects of the long win­ter on agri­cul­ture. Broad­cast­ing from a Co Laois farm, pre­sen­ter Damien O’Reilly mixes in­ter­view and re­portage to paint a por­trait of na­tion­wide des­per­a­tion as the on­go­ing bad weather pre­vents cat­tle from graz­ing while fod­der sup­plies run low. It’s a handy primer on the Ir­ish agri-food sec­tor – grass-feed­ing is the Ir­ish cat­tle in­dus­try’s sell­ing point – and of­fers prac­ti­cal ad­vice for farm­ers. But the un­der­ly­ing air of de­spair is pal­pa­ble. Un­less con­di­tions change soon, says Co Lim­er­ick farmer Tom Flynn, “it’s going to be a dis­as­ter”. It cer­tainly puts for­get­ting your um­brella in per­spec­tive.

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