Malcolm and Audrey Frazer were born and bred in Co. Cavan in the heartland of traditional Irish chicken farming country. They continue to live there now with their 3 children on the family farm in Mullinacross.
The Frazer family has been involved in raising chickens since 1968 and Malcolm and Audrey started in 1988 when they also started supplying to Manor Farm. As well as the chickens they also farm beef cattle.
They are proud of the quality of their 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 Malcolm and Audrey themselves 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 Malcolm & Audrey walk among the chickens to check that all is OK and they're feeding well. They check on the ventilation systems, make sure that the temperature is at the optimum level 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.
The Bord Bia and Department of Agriculture required paperwork which 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, they have a keen interest in vintage tractors.
Malcolm and Audrey as with all our farmers enjoy eating chicken and amongst their favourites they have: