Organic Food is produced according to certain standards. These standards are governed in Ireland by two certifying Agencies. These Agencies are The Organic Trust and IOFA (Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association). The routine use of conventional pesticides, fungicides, insecticides, chemical fertilisers and herbicides is prohibited. Growth promoters and anything that contains genetically modified ingredients are banned completely.
The Organic industry is heavily regulated and annual detailed audits and record keeping, plus un-announced inspections are a major part of the process. This process helps guarantee the authenticity of produce sold as Organic.
All livestock produced in an Organic systwm are Free Range, i.e. they have to have access to grass/pasture during their lives. Therfore an Organic Chicken by definition is also Free Range!
Chickens are bought from a hatchery as day olds. We mostly use a breed called Ross but we also use Hubbard. At this stage heat is very important and the young chicks are put under infra red lights. Straw from the farm is used for bedding. The chickens are fed on an organic starter crumb and have a good clean supply of water at all times. At three to four weeks, depending on the weather, the birds are given access to green pasture. They are free to go out and graze and eat bugs etc as nature intended them to do. They may come in doors as they please. At this stage the birds’ diet is changed to an organic grower/ finisher pellet. They are now fully feathered, hence there is a reduction in the heat requirement that is necessary.
From 81 days the chickens are fit to be slaughtered under Organic rules. The chickens are loaded from the field and transported to our EU approved abattoir. We ensure that the birds are handled carefully with as little stress as possible.
Throughout their lives the birds are treated with the upmost care and attention. We have control over how they are handled and treated to the very end, and our products are fully traceable.
Our butcher can portion chickens as required (Fillets, Supremes, Bones & Rolled etc). We can also provide organic chicken livers
Turkeys are produced on the farm seasonally. Day old turkey chicks are bought in July and are fit for slaughter in time for Christmas. We rear mostly Bronze or Norfolk Black Turkeys because we find that they do not reach the heavy weights that the White turkeys do. The average weight of our oven ready turkeys is generally about 14 – 16 lbs. Bronze and Norfolk Black Turkeys mature more slowly and provide a nice succulent juicey meat.
Booking well in advance is recommended for Turkeys. Due to the long lead in times involved, we begin taking orders early in the year.
Table ducks are also grown on the farm. We use pecan & Aylsbury ducks for both meat and egg production a nice floursome meat. We have won the Euro-Toques Award for our table ducks (April 2013)
The pigs are a relatively new venture. Most pigs in this country are mass produced. Nature intended that pigs be allowed to free range. Young piglets in a free range system do not need tail or teeth docking or an iron injection as they can get enough iron from the soil.Initially we purchased four organic weaners from the north and we finished them on the farm and had them killed and butchered into several different cuts including chops, joints, ribs, pork steak and we also had some sausages made using an organic rusk.
We now have a breeding female Tamworth cross sow and she has produced a fine litter of bonhams. We hope to develop this enterprise a little more as the meat is really delicious!!!
Direct sales are available – Go to our shop page to see what products you can buy
We keep eight to ten suckler cows on the farm and our stock bull, Pascal, an Aberdeen Angus provides is with a nice bunch of calves annually. Angus calves are naturally polled so this means no horning of calves is necessary. Up until now we have been selling the young stock as one year olds but we will be keeping some through to finishing from now on.
We keep laying hens and ducks for the production of organic eggs. The duck breeds are Khaki Campbell and Aylesbury. Our hen eggs and duck eggs are available for sale from the farm gate through an honesty box scheme.