Our Montbeliarde & Friesian cows leisurely graze on lush, nutritious grass. Making great cheese begins with wonderful milk – the milk our cows produce is of the highest quality, which has been recognised with Animal Health Ireland “Milking For Quality” awards.
For a few weeks during the winter, when it gets a little colder and grass growth slows, the cows move inside and enjoy a diet of grass silage harvested from the fields during the summer months. While the cows are indoors we take a break from cheesemaking until springtime when they are back out on pasture full time.
Farming With Nature
Bó Rua Farm is one of forty-four farms from our area participating in the innovative BRIDE (Biodiversity Regeneration in a Dairy Environment) Project. The project aims to conserve, enhance and restore habitats. We have committed to undertake numerous habitat improvement measures. In 2019 we planted oak trees, mixed hedgerows, we have installed bird boxes and bat boxes. In the coming months we will plant mixed woodland, install riparian margins, field margins, bee scrapes and pollinator plots. We look forward to reaping the benefits of increased biodiversity on our farm for generations to come.
Norma and Tom are honoured to have jointly received the Farming Independent “Farmer of the Year” Rising Star award for 2019.