Cavan’s World Class Piggery


We take a profile look at one of the country’s most up to date, beautiful and most successful pig farms.

Cavan’s World Class Piggery

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We take a profile look at one of the country’s most up to date, beautiful and most successful pig farms.

Kevin Kiernan is the manager of five modern pig units in Counties Cavan and Offaly. Pictured above (L2R) are Kevin Kiernan, farm owner, Colleen Donohoe, from New Inn, Co. Cavan, Assistant Farm Manager with Manager of New Inn Martin Sheridan and Eamonn McMeel from McAree Engineering.

The pig farms run by Kiernan are unique due to their high health status unit. These are averaging at 28 pigs sold per sow which is a remarkable achievement.

These farms now supply thousands of animals for processing every single year to numerous bacon factories.

Kevin is the son of former manager, the late Buddy Kiernan, who made pig production a major industry in the Cavan Longford and surrounding counties. Kevin’s wife Margaret helps with the administrative work on the farm.

Some business like to make the “family business” claim to improve business, though the Kiernan’s wouldn’t be telling tall tales when saying this. Their son Darragh recently entered the
industry, joining up with his parents. Their other four children also lend a helping hand when able at the weekends, making this a real-life family business.

The New Inn farm is a pedigree Landrace herd which is crossed with Large Whites. Their pig and forestry business employs a total of 80 people.

Their Pig production is fully integrated now as they manufacture their own pig feed and even haul their own products and materials. They also have their own construction crew to renovate
and upgrade their piggeries regularly.

The farms have slurry delivered on a weekly basis from the New Inn farm by two trucks, each with a capacity of 5,800 gallons to tillage farmers in Louth and Meath.

The company also comply fully with the Nitrates directive and their ultra-modern pig unit at New Inn, Co. Cavan is located across the road from the Lavey GAA pitch and club house.

Upon arrival at the farm first impressions show us that It is nicely landscaped, with the added bonus that there is no smell of pigs and the buildings are hidden by a green wood of deciduous
trees.

This farm is guiding the industry into the future, with its farm being easily on of the best and up to date this country has to offer.

They farm use up to 900 tons of pig feed every month at New Inn, and their animals looked after with the upmost care and affection.

They feed their pigs a specialised diet, formulated by Devenish Nutrition’s Aidan O’Toole, which includes barley, wheat and soya bean. Most of all the barley used is grown relatively locally in
counties Louth and Meath.

The farm not only employs people of their own, but in using this specialised feed they also support Irish farmers. Kevin Kiernan also noted the knock on affect their business causes by
mentioning that two factories they provide product to, each employ approximately 1,000 farmers.

An astutely run business achieving success in a time where pig prices still remain lower than our European counterparts, this farm is really making a name for itself in the sector.

The New Inn farm is one of the finest the country has to offer. Leading the way technology wise, methodology-wise and just by having general good practices. Well organised and driven to
succeed, this is really one of Ireland’s finest pig production companies.

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