Video: An 800-dairy-cow herd features on tonight’s Ear to the Ground

Tonight, Ear to the Ground visits an 800 cow dairy farm, looks at the rise of crime in the country and also looks at elderflower cordial.

Darragh McCullough meets Esther Walsh, who manages an 800-cow herd in Lismore, Co. Waterford.

Ear to the Ground finds out that Esther grew up on a suckler farm in Rathgormack, in Co. Waterford. She then took up milking to earn pocket money and fell in love with it.

Esther shows Ear to the Ground how a herd of that size is managed and how she finds time in her hectic schedule to relax.

Helen Carroll heads to Tipperary to ask what can be done to combat the rise in crime in rural Ireland.

Like many areas around the country, the town of Cashel and its surroundings has long been suffering from burglaries and theft.

So much so that Ear to the Ground finds out that the locals have joined together to form networks to protect their property and belongings.

Helen meets with one group who share their ideas on how to tackle the issue, such as a change to trespassing laws and bail conditions, and the introduction of electronic tagging.

As three-quarters of these crimes are being committed by those already on bail, Ear to the Ground asks are these options feasible?

Ella McSweeney, goes to Co. Longford to visit entrepreneurs David and Martina Burns who have produced their own elderflower cordial.

The elderflower growing wild in Co. Longford is seen by most of the local farmers as the thug of the hedgerow and the Burns’ use it as the main ingredient in their award-winning Special Recipe Number 9 Elderflower Cordial.

Ella goes to the Burns’ farm in Carrickboy to find out what makes a good cordial, and she even got to help make the first batch in the couple’s brand new facility.

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