European Beef

Meet the producers

IVOR DEVERELL

GEASHILLL, TULLAMORE, CO. OFFALY

Ivor Deverell is the latest in a family line to run the 520 acre farm in County Offaly. Responsible for a herd of 110 Hereford cows, Ivor also finds time to run their own farm shop, supplying high-quality produce to their local community.

BEN COLCHESTER

 URLINGFORD, CO. KILKENNY

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

 WATERGRASSHILL, CO. CORK

Fellfort Angus Farm is a 185-acre farm located in Watergrasshill, Co. Cork.
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. Generally, he sells up to 20 of his best male calves annually as breeding bulls to other Angus breeders or commercial farmers at 12-18 months of age. The males that are not sold for breeding are finished for beef at around 18 months. The heifers, which Ben does not retain as replacements in the herd, are sold for beef at 18-22 months. The animals which are finished for slaughter, are fed on grass or else with grass silage and some of the barley which is grown on the farm. Apart from a small amount of soya and beet pulp, purchased locally, no other feed ingredients are needed. The straw from the barley crop provides bedding during the winter months.

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