Organic Farm Stay, Westmeath, Ireland
Lough Bishop House is set in the middle of a working farm, with sheep, Irish Moiled Cattle and Irish Draught Horses.
We have long been concerned about the environment and since 1995 we have farmed within the guidelines and principles set out in the Rural Environment Protection Scheme (REPS) and the Green Low-Carbon Agri-Environment Scheme. We are currently in the 5th year of GLAS 1.
In May 2008 we decided to take things further and now having complete the Conversion period we are full Organic Symbol holders licenced by IOFGA.
Lambing takes place in April, when there is more grass and the days are longer. The horses too have their foals in April, and calving is split between November and April. There is no nicer sight than groups of animals grazing contentedly in the sunshine.
August is when the meadow is cut to provide fodder for the winter months. We were delighted this year to find wild orchids growing in the meadow. We marked their position in the field and carefully mowed round them leaving them to finish flowering and go to seed!
Derrynagarra Irish Moiled Cattle
The Irish Moiled is one of the native breeds of Ireland, and we have been breeding them since 2006 when we bought two in-calf heifers and our registered prefix Derrynagarra.
Naturally polled (no horns) and with quite distinctive markings, it has earned the reputation as a truly dual purpose animal, producing both high quality marbled beef and milk off grass.
Our animals are all DNA Typed, parentage proven and registered with the Irish Moiled Cattle Society.
This is our stock bull Woodbine Arthur Ex90. He is an outstanding example of an Irish Moiled bull, with good length and muscle, and is one of only three bulls Classified Excellent in the Republic of Ireland.
He was crowned non-haltered Supreme Champion at the 2020 Irish Moiled International On-Line Show. He comfortably won the senior bull class and went on to clinch the senior championship title on his way to winning the overall championship.
Woodbine Arthur is no stranger to the show ring having previously won reserve Irish Moiled breed champion at Tullamore show in 2016 as a yearling bull and repeated winning the same accolade in 2017 as a 2yr old bull
Derrynagarra Irish Draught Horses
Helen and Christopher Kelly have been breeding prize winning Irish Draught horses for over 20 years, and all of their stock carry the registered prefix ‘Derrynagarra‘.
We currently have 2 Irish Draught mares:
1996 Bay mare ex ‘Banks Fee Annabel’ RID by ‘Crosstown Dancer’ RID
Reserve Champion RDS 2000.
Reserve All-Ireland Champion at 15th National Irish Draught Show.
Colton Ford Breeders Champion at Tullamore Show 2005.
Her 1st foal ‘Caliph’ was Champion ID Foal at RDS 2001.
At the age of 22 and having had 10 pure bred foal, Clorin has now retired from breeding and Helen now rides her regularly round the lanes!
2006 Grey mare ex ‘Derrynagarra Dochas’ RID by ‘Star Kingdom’ RID
Lough Bishop House
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