Television Chef Neven Maguire visited McAuliffe’s at Parknageragh here in Castleisland one day last October and his day began with his host, Mike McAuliffe cooking him a ‘Truly Irish’ breakfast.
A Decade of Truly Irish
Over breakfast he also heard how far the Truly Irish brand has come since it was founded almost a decade ago now.
Tour of the Farms
“We then went on a tour of the farms where Neven saw our high welfare, freedom farrowing system,” said Mr. McAuliffe’s son Shane.
Work with Sea Weed
“He also took a look at our work with seaweed whereby the sows receive some before farrowing to improve the gut health of the piglet which eliminates the need for antibiotics.
Shelf Life Increased
“The fattening pigs also receive seaweed which increases the antioxidant level in the pig-meat and increases the shelf life – giving the consumer a healthier pig-meat product,” said Shane.
Established in 2009
Truly Irish Country Foods was established in 2009 by a group of pig producers.
Frustrated with the quality of meat being sold to Irish consumers, they thought enough was enough.
The quality of pork being sold in Ireland at the time didn’t accurately reflect what Irish pig farmers were capable of producing.
A co-op was formed by the farmers with pig-meat producers nationwide.
….And the rest you’ll hear and see tonight.
Neven’s Irish Food Trails on RTÉ One at 8:30pm tonight, Wednesday, April 11th.
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