Burren Free Range Pork

Burren Free Range Pork farm is an award-winning eco-friendly, small traditional family farm located near the village of Kilfenora in the Southern part of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark. The farm consists of a small number of cattle, hens, two donkeys and free-range, rare breed, Saddleback pigs. The ethos of this eco-farm business is to “produce healthy food -in a healthy environment- in a sustainable way”.

Pigs have been a part of the infrastructure of the Burren for thousands of years. A study and excavation of Glencurran Cave near Killnaboy, conducted by Dr. Marion Dowd, resulted in the findings of the remains of 15 pigs that date all the back to the Bronze Ages. Today, with the help of traditional farmers, pigs still hold a valuable place in the Geopark. Burren Free Range Pork was initially set up by the Hegarty’s to rear cattle and sheep. In 2007, Eva joined the business and they decided to turn their focus into rearing rare breeds of free-range Saddleback pigs. Sustainability is at the heart of their farming ethos. They firmly believe in keeping everything as natural as possible: no chemical fertilisers, pesticides, and no addition of medication to the feed. All animals are hand fed and animal welfare is always their priority. When you visit the Burren Free Range Pork farm you are greeted by its raw sense of timeless traditions and heritage. The fields of the fragmented farm are divided by limestone walls which were constructed many generations ago. The land is in sight of a well-preserved iron age ring fort, and the cattle are out wintered according to the unique winter grazing system that goes back thousands of years in the Burren. In 2017 Burren Free Range Pork were awarded ‘The Natural Food Award’ by Georgina Campbell, and in the same year, they were also the National Winner of the Irish Breakfast Award in the category ‘Welcome Standard’ by Georigina Campbell and Failte Ireland. Burren Free Range Pork also offer a wonderful glamping and farm experience where people will have the opportunity to meet the animals, join in on farm activities and dine on meals cooked with the Burren Free Range Pork produce. See www.burrenglamping.com for more information.

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