Biodiversity and Wildlife
Our cheeses are the produce of a 200-acre farm and, in order to ensure the continuing health of the farmland and the environment, we dedicate 20% of the farm to biodiversity. We have nature corridors throughout the farm, and plant woodland groves and hedgerows. This allows wildlife to flourish in communion with a busy working farm. Our hedgerows are carefully re-laid in the traditional manner, creating a welcoming habitat for birds and small wildlife, as well as giving shelter to the Cashel Blue girls (our cows) on a wet and windy day. Every twenty years we undertake an intensive replanting programme of native, deciduous trees.
A reed bed system means our water management is environmentally sustainable. We recently expanded the dairy, and built our own water treatment plant. Here’s a short clip of Louis Clifton Brown, our systems man, talking about how it works.
Footage courtesy of UTV’s ‘Rare Breed’.
We have recently been awarded Origin Green certification form An Bord Bia, Ireland’s Food Board. Origin Green certification is given to food producers in Ireland that operate in an environmentally conscious way, and set ambitious targets for reducing their environmental impact. We are very proud to be a part of Origin Green, as it reflects the fact that environmental issues are a core value of the company.
Here’s a short video highlighting the initiative…