The Greenmount Association Autumn Farm Walk will take place on Tuesday, 27th October 2015 commencing at 12.30pm.
This event is kindly hosted by Antrim Estates Company, Glenarm Castle. This 13th century working estate consists of farmland, mature woodland, Walled Garden and the Glenarm River.
The estate is continually adapting to the challenges of modern farming and in 2008 decided to farm less intensively and convert to organic production.
A herd of organic pedigree Beef Shorthorn was established and it now consists of 110 cows with all progeny reared to slaughter except for some heifers which are retained for breeding. This breed was chosen for the renowned marbling and great flavour of Shorthorn beef.
Shorthorn beef is marketed under the Glenarm Shorthorn Beef Brand and now market demand has outstripped supply. Part of its appeal is that the beef is traditionally aged for a minimum of 28 days.
The estate also has 300 breeding ewes with all lambs marketed under the Glenarm Organic Lamb Brand.
Throughout the farm walk there will also be an opportunity to hear about the Glenarm Organic Salmon Ltd which remains to this day the only Atlantic salmon farm in the Irish Sea and the sole producer of the world’s finest Organic Salmon producing up to 600 tonnes of Organic Salmon each year.
The Walled Garden situated within the Estate is one of Ireland’s oldest walled gardens. Originally created to supply the Castle with its fruit and vegetables, the walled garden is now filled with exciting flowers, specimen plants and landscape features to interest the keenest garden enthusiast.
There will also be a unique opportunity to visit the recently installed Hydro Station situated on the Glenarm River which produces renewable energy for the estate. Finally to conclude the visit there will be a barbecue.
If you would like to attend please E-mail: DevelopmentService.Admin@dardni.gov.uk stating your name, address and contact number or Telephone 028 9442 6770. Booking is essential.
There is a charge of £10 per person which goes towards catering. Parking is available in Glenarm Estate Tea Room car park which will be signposted on the day. Buses will be available for the tours of the estate.