acres of mixed farmland
trees planted since 2020
red deer roam free
The Finnebrogue farm is an expanse of 600 acres of mixed farmland, with half given over to the environment for rewilding, regenerative farming, woodland and improving biodiversity. We also raise our own grass-fed wagyu cattle and red deer.
Barn owl numbers are falling – with less than 30 breeding pairs reported left in Northern Ireland. Given our ancient woodland location, we erected 15 bird boxes around the farm in 2020, and in 2021, our farm manager Mark discovered a breeding pair. The tagging of the owls was featured on a BBC 1 series, The Chronicles of Strangford.
In 2022, we participated in the RSPB’s County Down Farmland Bird Initiative, which found 50 different species of birds on our farm, including seven pairs of two rare breeds – linnets and reed bunting.
We just love this place.
Over the last few years, we have planted more than 40,000 trees on the estate, including a wide variety of native species that enhance biodiversity rather than density. We have dug ponds to attract birds, planted an acre of wildflower meadow and introduced pine martens to ward off grey squirrels. This has helped to protect our red squirrel population.
All our wagyu calves are born outside in early spring and are raised on our ancient pastures of lush grass and clovers.
Finnebrogue transformed the way deer was farmed and received acclaim from Heston Blumenthal and Rick Stein for doing so. What made our venison unique was our high welfare standards. The deer are born, bred and reared outdoors on our farm.
We no longer produce venison for processing ourselves, so our current herd of 250 red deer roam the ancient woodland, reminding us of days gone by.