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.