IVOR AND JOE DEVERELL
TULLAMORE, CO. OFFALY
Uncle and nephew Ivor and Joe Deverell are the latest in a family line to run the pair’s 520 acre farm in County Offaly. Responsible for a herd of 110 Hereford cows, the pair also find time to run their own farm shop, supplying high-quality produce to their local community.
John Kent farms 195 acres of highly-fertile land in the south-east of Ireland. He’s currently hard at work developing his very own pedigree Angus herd with help from farm manager Gerry Lenihan.
Ben Colchester runs a radically diverse and productive organic 194-acre farm deep in the heart of Kilkenny. His range of animals includes cows, ewes, turkeys, chickens and even beehives. Ben’s farm has been organic since 1974 and is now completely energy self-sufficient with the exception of electricity.
BEN AND ELAINE RYALL
Ben and Elaine are leading breeders with a distinct focus on lineage, having traced their herds bloodline back to 3 Angus cows Ben’s father bought in the late 1950s. Ben believes his breed are well suited to European farming and produce the highest quality beef, thanks in large part to a grass-fed diet.
DENIS AND JOHN LARGE
Denis and John Large are the third generation of their family to farm. Together, they own 900 acres of rich farmland in County Tipperary. In addition to housing 190 sucker cows and 700 ewes, Denis and John’s farm also plays host to a number of sheep, which are used for study by the European Agricultural Advisory Society.
Derek Deane, who owns a 160 acre farm in the heart of County Carlow, today continues his family’s farming tradition, which can be traced back to the 1700s. His farm plays host to 90 cows and 110 ewes, which are reared entirely under grass.
Richard Hogg’s 160 acre farm in County Kilkenny rests on limestone-enriched, fertile farmland – the perfect environment in which to raise more than 30 cows and 300 ewes.
Billy Nicholson’s 450 acre farm in Crosshaven, County Cork is as picturesque as it is practical. Billy has mastered breeding his own calves which allows him to guarantee a consistent supply of high-quality beef.
Michael O’Neill’s 200 acre farm in the south-east of Ireland is home to over 70 dairy cows, who produce a staggering 500,000 litres of milk annually, which is then sold to the local co-operative.