Niamh Adair lives on her farm with her husband and 3 children in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan in the heartland of traditional Irish chicken farming country. She has been involved in the chicken industry since 1990. Niamh has been involved in farming since 1980 but saw the business opportunity within the chicken industry and diversified.
She is proud of the quality of her 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 Niamh herself 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 Niamh walks among the chickens to check that they are all OK and feeding well. She 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.
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 well suited to families. These families, in turn, pass on their skill, knowledge and experience to their future generations.
Outside of farming Niamh enjoys walking, reading and socialising.
Niamh as with all our chicken Farmers also loves to eat chicken and among her favourite chicken dishes she has: