This weekend 21 farms across the province will open their gates to the public as part of Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend.
This award-winning initiative offers visitors the opportunity to gain a behind the scenes look at everyday farming activities.
Last year the project received incredible support with almost 20,000 people visiting open farms over the two day period. With a record number of participating farms offering a range of activities visitors will be spoilt for choice. Farms to visit this weekend include:
Longfield Farm, Eglinton
Longfield Farm will be providing free farm tours allowing everyone to learn about the crops produced on their arable farm. The farm will open to the public Saturday (13th June) 10am-5pm.
Broglasco Farm, Limavady
Broglasco is a mixed arable farm specialising in growing crops. Visitors can expect to see farm machinery displays and demonstrations of the broighter gold oil press. The farm will open on Saturday (13th June) 10am-4pm, guided farm tours will be offered at various times throughout the day also.
McIlroy’s produce broiler chickens for Moy Park, they will be offering a range of activities from tours of the chicken houses to indoor activities in the chicken house viewing gallery. The farm will be open both Saturday (13th June) and Sunday (14th June) 10am-4pm.
Buchanan Turkeys, Kilrea
Buchanan’s turkey farm has an extensive range of activities planned. Visitors will have the chance to pet turkey chicks, watch a sheep shearing session and pick their own potatoes. The farm will open Saturday (13th June) 11am-4pm.
Vowgrove dairy farm will open Saturday (13th June) and Sunday (14th June) from 1pm-6pm. They aim to provide visitors with a behind the scenes look at how a farm operates on a day-to-day basis, including an opportunity to view cows being milked in the parlour.
As a beef, sheep and arable farm, Carnany hope to give everyone a real experience of the ‘farm to fork’ journey, linking the food we buy in the supermarket to the farmers who produce it. The farm will open Sunday (14th June) from 11am-4pm.
Broughgammon farm will open Saturday (13th June) from 11am-4pm. A day packed full of fun activities has been planned. From farm walks to ferris wheels, there is something to cater for everyone’s fancy.
Glenballyeamon Egg Farm, Cushendal
A host of activities are set to take place over the two day period at Glenballyeamon Egg Farm. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch a vintage tractor display and for the more light hearted perhaps a shot at wellie boot decorating. The farm will open Saturday (13th June) and Sunday (14th June) from 10am-4pm.
Glenarm Estate, Glenarm
Glenarm Estate will open Sunday (14th June) from 12 noon-4pm. A tour of the gardens along with a BBQ and a children’s entertainment train ride have been arranged for the day.
Farm walks have been organised to give visitors the opportunity to see the six different breeds of sheep which live on Ballycoose Farm. There will be a chance to see self-shearing sheep and learn all about raising healthy animals. The farm will open Saturday (13th June) 11am-4pm and Sunday (14th June) 2-4pm.
Greenmount Hill Farm, Glenwherry, Ballymena
Ewes and lambs and cows with their calves will be on display, with some of the CAFRE staff and students on site to explain how the animals are managed. Visitors are offered a unique insight into how raw farm products are transformed into produce purchased in the supermarket. The farm will be open Saturday (13th June) from 11am-4pm and Sunday (14th June) 12Noon-4pm.
A meet-the-animals session has been planned for the children which will include meeting llamas and chickens. Other activities have also been arranged. The farm will open Saturday (13th June) from 9.30am-5.30pm.
On Saturday afternoon, there will be many different farm animals to meet and learn about. Machinery old and new will be on display, highlighting the changes over the years. The farm will open Saturday (13th June) and Sunday (14th June) from 12.30pm-4.30pm.
Ballylagan Organic Farm, Ballyclare
Along the farm walk visitors will see cows and calves, sheep and lambs, sows and piglets and hens. After gaining an understanding of how the food is produced visitors will be able to try the final product at a garden BBQ. The farm will open Saturday (13th June) and Sunday (14th June) from 10am-4pm.
Clandeboye Farm, Bangor
An insightful farm tour has been organised to explain different daily processes involved in running a farm. The milking parlour will be open, allowing visitors to watch the cows being milked. The farm will open Saturday (13th June) and Sunday (14th June) from 11am-6pm.
Acton House Farm, Poyntzpass
Acton House will open Saturday (13th June) from 11am-4pm. As an arable farm their focus is on growing wheat, oats, oil seed rape and feed beans. Visitors can expect to see Aberdeen Angus cattle and learn about how crops are cultivated and processed.
McClelland’s Farm at Clare Glen, Tandragee
Visit McClelland’s arable farm to learn about wheat and oat crops, what happens when the crops leave the farm and how it is used to produce the food you eat. The farm will be open Saturday (13th June) 10am-5pm and Sunday (14th June) 2pm-5pm.
Armagh Apple Farm,
Treasure trails, guided tours and apple peeling competitions along with other activities will all take place over the weekend. The farm will open Saturday (13th June) and Sunday (14th June) from 10am-5pm.
Egerton Farm, Lisnavoe
Self-guided tours will allow visitors to meet the animals and learn about the everyday work carried out on the farm. A worship in wellies event has also been organised for 5.30pm Sunday (14thJune). The farm will open Saturday (13th June) 2pm-6pm and Sunday (14th June) 2pm-7pm.
Cavanagh Free Range Egg Farm, Newtownbutler
Ever wondered how an egg gets from the hen to the eggbox? Cavanagh Free Range Egg Farm will be hosting farm tours where you will be able to see free range hens, the laying houses and even see how the packing operations work. The farm will be open Saturday (13th June) from 10am-4pm.
Tickety-Moo will open Saturday (13th June) and Sunday (14th June) 11am-6pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to view robotic milking of the cows, alongside machinery displays. Tickety-Moo ice-cream shop will also be open offering snacks throughout the day.
For further information on any of the listed farms please visit: www.openfarmweekend.com.