Finian Harte was born and bred in Clones, Co. Monaghan in the heartland of traditional Irish chicken farming country. A single man Finian still lives and works on the 110-acre farm that his parents started many years ago.
Finian has been involved in the chicken industry since he was born as his father started growing chickens as far back as 1956. He grew up on a farm and loves the outdoor life it brings with it. Finian went to Agricultural College in Monaghan and spent further 2 years of study of Poultry Farming in Galway. He is now a second generation Farmer together with 3 of his brothers who took over the farm in 1994. As well as looking after the chickens Finian and his brothers are also involved in suckler beef farming.
He is proud of the quality of his farm and the extra dimension that Manor Farm brings to the infrastructure of the farm. The guidelines laid down by the company are very rigorous and are constantly supervised daily by Finian himself and also by the Manor Farm Farms Advisor. The feed diet that the birds eat comes from the Manor Farm Chicken only Feed Mill and this feed constituent changes depending on the age of the birds.
A typical day starts around 8 a.m. when Finian walks among the chickens to check that they are all OK and feeding well. He checks on the ventilation systems, makes sure that the temperature is at the optimum for the age of the birds and also ensures that there is adequate feed in the silos as well as checking that the bedding is OK. This is repeated 4 times during the day. The required paperwork for Bord Bia is also filled out daily. Because of the nature of looking after chickens, this is a job that runs 24 hours a day and 7 days a week which makes it difficult to take a break without huge support. It is also for this reason that makes Chicken Farming well suited to families. These families, in turn, pass on their skill, knowledge and experience to their future generations.
Outside of farming Finian enjoys getting out on his bike. He also enjoys watching the Irish Rugby team and Formula 1.
Finian as with all our chicken Farmers also loves to eat chicken and among his favourite chicken dishes he has:
Creamy Chicken Piccata
Cajun Style Chicken
Chicken on the bone
Chicken Caesar Salad