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” award and at the 2020 Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards our pastuerised, non-homogenised, whole milk scooped the Gold medal.

For most of the year our Montbeliarde & Friesian cows leisurely graze on lush, nutritious grass. 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 – BRIDE Project

Bó Rua Farm is one of forty-four farms in our locality participating in the innovative BRIDE (Biodiversity Regeneration in a Dairy Environment) Project. The project aims to conserve, enhance and restore habitats. With the guidance of an ecologist we have chosen tailored biodiversity measures that suit our farm. All the family is looking forward to reaping the benefits of increased biodiversity on our farm for generations to come.

Here are some of the measures we have implemented.

Irish Country Living, Women & Agriculture Awards 2020

We are so proud that Norma was runner-up in the Irish Country Living Women & Agriculture Awards for 2020 in the Innovation On Farm category.

The winners of the Women & Agriculture Awards were announced at a virtual award ceremony on www.ifj.ie/awards.

Bó Rua Farm On The Airwaves

Following our ‘Rising Stars’ win at the 2019 Farmer Of The Year Awards we were thrilled when Brenda Donohue from RTÉ Countrywide called to Bó Rua Farm for a chat with all the family. You can listen back to the podcast HERE, scroll to 28 mins 40 seconds.