On tonight’s episode of Ear to the Ground, tractor and trailer safety, farmer health checks and infections spreading from animals to children all feature.

With new road safety regulations in place, Darragh McCullough learns how to tow a trailer safely.

Ear to the Ground also finds out about the new rules on tractor and trailer safety.

Farmers have a reputation of being the biggest culprits in avoiding the necessary health checks.

Over 3,500 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Ireland and it has a good survival rate, dependent on early prognosis and treatment.

Helen Carroll went to Co. Laois to meet Roland Bradley who runs a company supplying generators to dairy farmers.

Just a month ago Roland had an operation to have his prostate cancer removed and despite still being in the early days of recovery, Roland was anxious to tell his story in the hope that others would take heed.

Ella McSweeney paid a visit to the Leahy’s Open Farm in Dungourney which attracts over 30,000 visitors each year to east Cork.

Ear to the Ground finds out that the growing number of open farms in Ireland has increased the risk of serious infections being transmitted from animals to children.

Bugs like E Coli and salmonella are present in animal waste, and without proper precautions, can make visitors to these farms very ill.

A new set of guidelines have been issued by the Environmental Health Association to educate people on the necessary steps to keep safe, Ella McSweeney finds out more.