The farm is run to organic standards
This method of farming is different to an intensive system.
20% of the land area is given over to biodiversity shelter belts and woodland copses. Currently we have 132 trees per animal and growing, maximizing our climate positive environmental protocol policy. Pastures are mature and contain a wide variety of herbs weeds, wild grasses for maximum variety. Reseeding of mature pastures is not a practice.
Deep underground spring water is provided to all pastures and drinking troughs are sealed when stock is not in the pasture, to give guaranteed pristine water always.
Our Grazing Copses
70 acres of semi-mature grazing copses are scattered throughout the farm which provide excellent shelter. These shelters are opened during the most inclement winter weather and eliminate the housing of the animals in sheds and the creation of slurry.
This natural approach to farming means that:
- Animals are less likely to pick up infections than if they are housed in a confined shed
- No concentration of slurry is created eliminating issues like runoff to watercourses
Our mothers give birth and hide their new-born calves in these copses which have plenty of juicy succulent grass for our herd to enjoy, even in Winter.
Our pastures are mature and contain a wide variety of herbs, weeds and wild grasses for maximum variety. Reseeding of mature pastures is not a practice.
Our grass is nutritious, succulent, abundant, unfertilised and unsprayed. Ireland’s climate gives us the best conditions to grow grass which has the potential to produce the best beef in the world.
Our herd is grazed rotationally on south facing sheltered pastures with a maximum grazing period per pasture of 3-6 days. All paddocks are named and numbered as part of the management of this grazing system.
Through a unique and simple gate system, the animals move themselves from pasture to pasture.
Caring for Nature
There are 9 kilometres of tree lined roadways throughout the farm. These eliminate the need for farm machinery to access the paddocks avoiding damage and maximizing the pastures potential.
These roadways also provide excellent shelter belts which encourage wildlife of all kinds.
The planting of trees and use of copses increase abundance and diversity. It can provide a wide range of food and habitat for wildlife adding structural and biological diversity to the landscape.