We farm around 100 acres of grassland split between 2 farms, one at ‘Lisnawhiggle’ which is Irish for ‘land of the weavers’ and ‘Fortfield’ named after the medieval motte which can still be clearly seen in one of our fields and is believed to be the original site of Carrickfergus castle.
We run a herd of spring calving Stabiliser cattle which are reared on a predominately grass based diet. Stabilisers are a relatively new breed of cattle to the UK and are bred with maternal attributes in mind which include easy calving, good mothering ability, docile etc.
Stabilisers are also renowned for producing some of the best tasting beef in the world. Each year we retain a few replacement heifers for our own herd and sell the rest for breeding.
As much as possible, the young males are used through the restaurant as prime beef or sold on depending on the time of year and market position.
We also have a flock of Romney Marsh sheep. Romney’s originated on the salt marsh plains of Kent and are synonymous for their great taste.
Lambing starts with us from the 1st April and we try to lamb all our flock outside within a 3 week period. Again we retain some ewe lambs as replacements mothers for our own flock and then the remainder are used through the restaurant or sold at the local livestock market.
We are lucky to farm in a wildlife rich area and work hard at maintaining a natural habitat for our hares, wild geese, owls and much more to breed and to rear their young.
Our farm also runs onto the Kellswater where there is an abundance of both Rainbow and Brown trout, Salmon in late summer and other fresh water fish.
Visitors are always welcome to come out to the farms and see for themselves how we try to produce the best tasting, top quality produce to serve in the restaurant.