Northern Irish beef farm secures first retail business

  (Photo: Castlescreen Farm )

Castlescreen Farm, based in Co Downpatrick, has expanded its market reach by signing its first deal with a retail business. 

The family farm’s premium steak, gourmet burgers and beef sausages can now be found in the high-end retailer Avoca in Belfast.

Its Big Beef branded products also include a 35-day dry-aged sirloin steak, burgers and sausages made with 96% pure beef. The farm has a 70-strong herd, specialising in Dexter cattle, predominantly fed on pastureland.

“We were delighted when Avoca decided to include our products,” commented Damian Tumelty, owner of Castlescreen Farm. “The lead that led to the business came from another local farm business that’s supplying Avoca - Andrew Gilmore of Springmount Free Range Eggs.

“Our steak is produced exclusively from our own Dexter herd. Our burgers and sausages are made without rusks, filler or preservatives and are primarily meat. Our cows are raised on rich pasture without artificial fertilisers or pesticides.”

According to Tumelty, grass-fed beef offers health benefits, such as higher levels of Omega 3 content than mackerel, and is also rich in natural vitamins and low in saturated fats.

“We make sure they’re at home in some of the best pastureland Ireland has to offer, enjoying fresh grass and free-range life all year round,” he continued. “What we don’t do is add anything unnatural or use intensive farming methods.”

Castlescreen Farm’s retail deal comes after it has been supplying farmers’ markets in Northern Ireland for almost two years. Belfast’s Michelin-starred OX Restaurant has also featured the beef on its menu this year.

The Tumelty family have been farming outside Downpatrick for over 40 years. The current herd consists of both beef and breeding cattle.

As well as its premises in Belfast city centre, family-run Avoca has a network of stores in the Republic of Ireland.

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