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Head Space with Winter Winding Down

January and February are the months where the farming new year kicks off.  The majority of beef sheep & dairy farms in the area will be preparing for and welcoming new born calves and lambs. Farming by its nature is cyclical & works with the seasons.  After the weather of the past months this new lease of life and activity will be very welcomed on most farms.   

We are lucky in the Athenry area, as we do not suffer anyway as severely as the flooded areas of south Galway. The devastation of homes and farmlands in the hinterland of Gort puts everything into perspective. 

Farming at times can be a difficult vocation, no more so in winter when the weather is against you. However the spring days come followed by the long warm summers evening which can make farming the best job in the world.

Here on the farm we are still in planning mode, just processing our weekly batch of chickens for the markets & our chefs.  January is probably the best month to be a turkey farmer, plenty of head space!
Our cattle, out wintered on kale, not just a superfood for humans.

Unfortunately the biggest news on the farming front has been the ructions in the Irish Farmers Association, it dominated the national headlines prior to Christmas. 

However there maybe light at the end of the tunnel, with Athnery dairy farmer Joe Healy one of the 3 candidates in the race for the vacant role of IFA president.  Joe‘s fresh voice and outlook could be exactly what the IFA needs.  He has proven his stature as a farm leader by regularly representing farmer’s views in roles at both national & EU level.  No more so during his term as Macra na Feirme president.

He is a strong voice for beef & sheep farmers through his weekly column in the Irish Farming Independent.  Farm commodity prices are on the slide, a strong relevant farmers representative body is needed & Joe Healy could well be the man to deliver that strong voice.  Big ships turn slowly, but they can sink quickly if not fixed fast.

Happy New Year To all our Customers

Happy New Year to all our market customers & chefs who support our farm every year.  We are back with our Pop Up Farm Shop in both Moycullen (Fri) & Galway (Sat) markets next weekend.  We are also sending out chickens to our restaurants this week.

We are surviving the weather on the farm (just about), however it is proving a massive challenge to our method of farming.  Our lands are completely saturated with water, even though we have free draining sandy soil.  New year and new beginnings allow for a fresh look at how we do things and hopefully plenty of opportunities lie ahead.  Changes will have to be made, what they are is yet to be determined,  as always we will keep you posted.

Your heart has to out to those that are 1000 times worse off than ourselves, homes and business under feet & feet of water, with no sign of the rain abating.  The physical & mental strain on these communities must be huge as the battle seems endless.  In farming there is little opportunity at times to 'switch off'  as your 'job' is your life.  Lets all hope that the weather lifts & the situation improves.  

                                    Flood waters rise on Miche├íl Cahill's farm in Kiltartan, south Galway

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ORDER IRISH PASTURE REARED 

TRADITIONAL GOOSE & BRONZE TURKEY FOR CHRISTMAS




We are  now taking orders
Hurry, numbers are limited!!!


Orders are now open for our delicious
Pasture reared traditional Goose or Bronze Turkeys for Christmas.
Simply fill out the form online to submit your Christmas order.
Order close Tuesday 16 December (or whenever we sell out).

Orders are available for 
Collection in Athenry 
See below for further details.



PRICES & WEIGHTS:

Pasture reared BRONZE TURKEY
€4.65 per lb.
Weight range: 12-18lbs approx (a limited number of smaller or larger birds may be available).
You may select a weight range; Small (12-14lb), Medium (14-16lb), Large (16-18lb+) on the order form.

Pasture reared TRADITIONAL GOOSE
€5.95 per lb.
Average weight: 9-10lb.
You may select a weight range; Small (7-8lb), Medium (8-10lb), Large (10lb+) on the order form.
Please note: most of the birds will fall into the Medium weight range and we will have limited number of larger birds.

Because we rear our Turkeys & Geese slowly in small batches, availability of exact weights cannot be guaranteed. We will do our best to accommodate all requests. You will be charged only for the exact weight you receive.

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