Northern Irish beef farm branches into pork market

Northern Ireland’s Castlescreen Farm, traditionally a beef producer, has diversified business by starting to produce gammon and bacon options. 

The products will be sourced from the family farm’s own pigs, reared on the Co Down premises. “We’ve been rearing pigs for some time now and have just begun marketing gammon and bacon at farmers’ markets across Northern Ireland,” explained Damian Tumelty, owner of the farm business.

“We’d certainly hope to attract business from a leading retailer seeking quality and fully traceable pork that is all dry-cured by me on our farm. We don’t add anything to the gammon and bacon, ensuring a rich and natural flavour. The gammon and bacon is another important string to our bow and will provide another revenue stream to help us in developing and sustaining the farm business.”

In October, Castlescreen Farm secured its first retail business, which sees the company supplying gourmet burgers and beef sausages into high-end retailer Avoca, produced from the farm’s Dexter cattle herd.

The Tumelty family have been farming outside Downpatrick for over four decades. Before securing the Avoca deal, the family business has been supplying to farmers’ markets across Northern Ireland for almost two years.

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