During the late 1880's in Clonmain, Co.Armagh, our great grandfather. Michael McNeece planted a Bramley orchard as part of his small farm.
One of his sons, Patrick, went on to buy his own farm in Annaghmore, Co.Armagh and once again planted Bramleys in 1933.
In 1962, one of his sons, Gerard, (you can see where this is going can't you) bought a farm in Drogheda and planted Bramleys just like his father before him. As Gerard and Joan's children and the fourth generation of apple growers in the McNeece family we now operate Stagrennan Farm. Indeed yet another generation is growing up and have already been put to good use around the farm!
Stagrennan Farm is situated on the banks of the Boyne, just south of the medielval town of Drogheda. Straddling the counties of Meath and Louth, it is home to over 80 acres of apple trees, with bramleys accounting for bulk of the crop.
Our orchard operations is based around a minimum of interference with nature's way. We have a weather station in our orchard to enable us to protect against disease. Instead of relying on broad based weather alerts we have information about our own little microclimate.
We also follow integrated pest management to allow natural predators do away with harmful pests.
Our controlled atmosphere storage is among the most advanced in the country allowing us to store our fruit better for longer using the Ultra-Low Oxygen regime for fruit storage.
We are involved in the Bord Bia Horticultural Quality Assurance and have a HACCP system in place. Our staff are fully trained in all areas relevant to our operations.
Our food production relies on the best and most natural ingredients. We use recyclable materials for all our packaging needs. Our bottles, lids, foil trays and cartons are fully recyclable.
Stagrennan Farm provides a wonderful habitat for all sorts of wild animals and flowers to thrive. On a stroll around the farm you're likely to encounter rabbits, hares, badgers, squirrels, foxes, pheasants, ducks, buzzards, cranes and many many more as well as lots of different species of wildflower.
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