Drumanilra Organic Farm
Drumanilra Organic Farm
Organic Burger Bar and Cafe
Drumanilra Farm Kitchen Organic Burger Bar and Cafe
Organic Farm Shop
Drumanilra Farm Kitchen Farm Shop
The magnificent organic produce of Drumanilra Organic Farm is certified by the Organic Trust. This family farm, owned by Justina and Liam Gavin, rambles over almost 80 beautiful acres of natural organic grasslands and paddocks, right down to banks of Lough Key and it's impressive Forest Park. This rural idyll in Co. Roscommon is the kind of breath taking landscape that makes artists reach for their oils, or those who want a glimpse of an Ireland of yesterday to get lost in the sound of birdsong, as time stands still.
Views on this farm are absolutely magnificent. Dexter cattle graze contentedly on plentiful organic grass. Pedigree pigs have the run of their outdoor paddocks. Flocks of Jacob and Shetland sheep and a few goats dot the landscape. There’s even a ram who thinks he’s a cow and runs happily with the Dexter herd! Farmer Liam has a special call as he wanders his land, causing the cattle to come running to see what he wants. Tamworth and Berkshire pigs also answer to Liam’s calls, bounding towards him like puppies, eager to see what all the fuss is about.
The bonus of this magical way of farming is that it produces magical meat. There are no growth hormones or antibiotics used on any of the livestock here, which remain healthy through a system of low stocking densities and the all year round outdoor life, which eliminates these routine treatments used in other farming systems.
Dexter beef outdoor reared on grass provides well marbled meat, rich in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and free from any chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides used in conventional farming. Heritage breeds like Dexter beef have been pushed to the edge of distinction, now thriving again in the hands of caring farmers like Liam.
Tamworth and Berkshire organic free range pigs, once the pigs of choice for the old fashioned Irish mixed farm, long before intensive farming all but bred out these original varieties, are now classified as rare breeds. They are hardy, coarse haired creatures well suited to living outside, and related to the Irish Grazer pigs of the earliest farms in Neolithic times. Tamworth pigs are good for both pork and bacon; whilst Tamworth/Berkshire cross animals are known as one of the best ‘bacon pigs’ in the world. Drumanilra sows give birth in large covered pens, not the restricting farrowing crates used by intensive pig farms.
Heirloom breeds of Jacob and Shetland lamb are also ancient species, often used as ‘guard’ animals to protect property, and for their plentiful wool and hides. Drumanilra sheep, fattened on sweet meadowlands, have a fragrant flavour and superb texture to the meat, unique to these traditional farm animals. Once tried, never forgotten.
At Christmas, Drumanilra farm produces free range organic geese, bronze turkeys and ducks for the festive table. The farm also has a permanent organic free range flock of laying hens for fresh eggs every day. All meats are prepared by Drumanilra’s own butcher, who also makes the dry cured rashers, hams and handmade sausages on the café menu. The meat from the farm is complemented with four organic polytunnels producing a variety of seasonal vegetables. A proper all round organic farm offering, which feeds the menu of the Drumanilra Farm Kitchen Café and eager customers of the Drumanilra Farm Shop in Boyle, Co. Roscommon.