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Monday 24 April 2017

Watch: Irish farmer breaks world record for reversing a tractor

Patrick Shalvey breaks Tractor Reversing World Record on RTÉ One’s Big Week on the Farm. Image: RTE
Patrick Shalvey breaks Tractor Reversing World Record on RTÉ One’s Big Week on the Farm. Image: RTE
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Another Guinness World Record was broken on RTÉ One’s Big Week on the Farm this week.

Farmer Patrick Shalvey, whose family are hosting Big Week on the Farm on their dairy farm in Cootehill, Co Cavan, smashed the existing world record for reversing a tractor and trailer by 2.8 kilometres.

The attempt was filmed on Wednesday last week with Patrick reversing his 30-year-old tractor and trailer down the N3 in Cavan.

Footage of the attempt and GPS tracker information were sent to Guinness World Records for verification and on tonight’s Big Week on the Farm, Guinness World Records adjudicator Jack Brockbank confirmed that Patrick had broken the record.

Patrick reversed the tractor and trailer for a total of 20.16 kilometres. The previous record was held by Kerryman Eamonn Hickson who managed 17.36 kilometres in August 2014.

To qualify as a record, the entire journey had to be done in reverse using a commercially available tractor and trailer with no modifications.

Speaking after learning he had broken the record, Patrick said: “I’m thrilled with that result. It is just fantastic. It was very enjoyable doing it and I had great help along the road. It is fantastic to be able to beat Kerry in something! It was two and a half hours and my neck was a bit sore afterwards but I had a bit of physio. It was worth it – to get that result tonight was really, really good”.

Earlier this week, Cavan butcher Barry John Crowe broke the 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. However, an attempt to break the world sausage eating record the following night failed when Cavan man Taz Smith fell short of the eight sausages in one minute required to beat the longstanding record.


Big Week on the Farm airs all 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.

Big Week on the Farm is co-funded with RTÉ by Science Foundation Ireland. Science and technology are increasingly part of modern farming and food production.

Science Foundation Ireland both through the scientific researchers and the public engagement activities it supports wants to help inform, and broaden everyone’s understanding of the developments in this key sector of our economy, and its potential impact on our everyday lives.

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