10am: Trolley treasures
Who produced your shopping list? Where does your weekly shop come from? We take a look at what’s in your trolley. Eoin Lowry and Lorcan Allen will map your food miles and examine the markets in your weekly shopping cart.
11am: Our crops - why tillage matters
We explore Ireland’s tillage sector, from crop growth to your morning bowl of porridge or your weekend tipple of whiskey. Andy Doyle and Stephen Robb will introduce us to the world of crop production and show us how the sector contributes to agriculture in many different ways.
12pm: The hills are alive with … sheep
Darren Carty and Journal Vet Tommy Heffernan look at Ireland’s sheep landscape and what you will see on your Sunday stroll in the country. From hill sheep to lowland sheep, we look at how environmentally friendly sheep farming is in Ireland and why our wool coats are no longer made from sheep’s wool.
1pm: Cutting through the bull ... the truth about the meat on your plate
Amii McKeever and Phelim O’ Neill will host a live demonstration looking at what meat is on our plates in 2019. They will explore the nutritional values, discuss why trade is important and inform the audience on what value cuts are no longer purchased. From there, they will take us through the butchery process.
2pm: The dairy odyssey – what are we moooving towards?
Ever wondered what a dairy cow can do for you? Have you looked at milk and thought it all looked the same? We welcome black and white cows to the ring and explain the journey of milk from grass to glass. We will be putting the audience to the test about the dairy sector and Ireland’s future. Aidan Brennan and Jack Kennedy will examine the people and process involved in making high quality dairy products and explain why Irish farming is grass based.
3pm: 40,000 signatures can’t be wrong
In this session, Adam Woods and Matthew Halpin will open your eyes to how the suckler cow helps to keep rural Ireland moving – converting grass in hard to farm areas into Irish jobs for one of Ireland’s greatest exports.
4pm: Ploughing for Stars: an Irish Country Living singing competition final
On Tuesday and Wednesday, finalists will battle it out to be our “Ploughing for Stars” singing champion. Each day, a winner will be chosen by our panel of judges including Ollie Hennessey, musical director of the Rose of Tralee. Country Music aficionado Michael Commins will welcome some surprise guests on stage for a celebration of music and song!
The Irish Farmers Journal stand is at Row 18, Stand 403.