Kenneth Ramsey Hall was born and bred in the Bailieborough of Co. Cavan in the heartland of traditional Irish chicken farming country. He lives on his free range farm with his wife and 3 children. Kenneth and his farm were featured with Nevan Maguire on the RTE programme "Homechef" in March 2010.
Kenneth has been involved in the chicken industry since 1998 growing free range chickens for Manor Farm as well as having a herd of dairy cows. Although he has been farming since 1990 he became involved in the chicken business as he says "...to make some money."
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 Kenneth himself and also by regular visits from the Manor Farm Farms Advisor who also continually checks on the welfare of the birds. 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 early in the morning when Kenneth 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 a number of times during the day. To sum up a typical day for Kenneth he says basically it's "...very busy"
The Bord Bia and Department of Agriculture required paperwork 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 is well suited to families. These families, in turn, pass on their skill, knowledge and experience to their future generations.
Outside of farming Kenneth enjoys going to comedy shows and watching rugby, especially the Munster and Irish teams.
Kenneth as with all our chicken Farmers also loves to eat chicken and among his favourite chicken dishes he has: