How a father and daughter got their organic farm on a food tourism map
'Chefs now want to sample and see where their produce comes from'
Pat Mulcahy and his daughter Sheena from Ballinwillin House and Farm near Mitchelstown and have a herd of 800 deer, 350 wild boar, 150 goats and 40 beef cattle.
The produce from his organic farm is sold online, mainly to the UK and Europe, and into hotels and restaurants around the country.
All the processing and packaging is carried out on the farm so what goes out is a finished product. The produce from the farm is also served in the B&B.
"We had this idea that we would start trading with each other and inter-trading and try to create a few jobs in the area by working together," Pat explains.
"The whole ethos is about the farming community and businesses working together to try to create jobs."
Pat bought Ballinwillin House in 1985 and started importing deer and wild boar from Hungary about 10 years later and now has two fine breeding herds that produce all the meat that's processed and packaged on farm.
"If you go back 30 years when we started doing this first, it was a hard enough sell and in some cases, Irish people can still be very traditional about the food they eat.
"Chefs now want to sample and see where their produce comes from and it's chefs like that who know what we do that give us the name we have now."