Participating in their second Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend this summer will be Donagh Cottage Farm. Run by father and son Brian and Jonathan Matthews, this is a dairy farm home to a pedigree Holstein herd.
The farm boasts a traditional farm courtyard with buildings maintained well throughout the years.
As you walk around, you can meet the calves who are fed on via an automatic machine – through technology and a transponder (an electronic necklace worn by the calves), they get fed just the right amount of milk that they need before they move onto a solid food diet.
Visitors, old and young, will be able to watch the cows being milked at 2pm each day. See the clusters in action as they collect the milk from the cows and watch the jars fill with delicious milk! Fourteen cows are milked down one row and you will be able to walk up the other row and see which cow gives the most milk.
On the farm, there will be the opportunity to taste a variety of diary products vouch as cheese, yoghurt and milk.
Brian’s wife Sylvia will have something extra special for all female visitors to Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend! Sylvia will be demonstrating a jewellery bead making in one of the courtyard houses. There will be items available to sell on the day also.
The farm will be open from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 17th June and 12noon to 4pm on Sunday 18th June.