What Broughgammon Farm did
In 2011, Broughgammon Farm noticed that there was no clear route to market for kid goat meat in Northern Ireland, often forcing farmers to record this as a waste product. Recognising this gap in the market, the Farm began working closely with neighbouring dairy farmers to rehouse their bull calves or ‘billy kids’ as meat animals and thus reduce their carbon footprint.
Broughgammon Farm actively promotes the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle and invests heavily in renewable energy sources including solar themal heating, an air source heat pump, wind energy windmills, insulation, a wood pellet boiler and a wood stove.
Broughgammon Farm firmly believes in the development of a sustainable food chain in Northern Ireland and is committed to leading by example through various sustainable initiatives. This includes the harvesting of an underutilised food source – seaweed. By drying it themselves using a solar thermal dryer and packaging it straight for the end consumer, Broughgammon Farm has diverted waste to landfill and created a revenue stream.
- Received the Gold Award from NI Water Consumer Council for its water systems
- £70,000 invested into the main house renewable energy systems
- £80,000 invested in other renewable energy and sustainability features throughout the extend farm facilities
- Goat herd has increased from 30 to over 300 and veal calves have quadrupled in numbers within the first year
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