Joe and Eileen Condon farm 50-acres of enclosed farmland and also have access to some 2000-acres of commonage in the Knockmealdown Mountains, Co. Tipperary.
The duo acquired a “rambling tract of hill land” in 1992 when they returned from working in New York and have been raising and selling Galloway beef direct to consumers ever since.
The Farming for Nature ambassadors also keep a herd of Belted Galloways, with all animals 100% grass-fed, organic and housed outdoors all-year-round.
Orders for their Irish organic beef – which is sold and marked under the Omega Beef Direct brand – are placed online and processed promptly.
“A person pays through Paypal and I have a contract with a courier company. If it goes out at 6 pm, it is delivered probably by 9 am the next morning.”
Manage commonage ecologically is a central focus for the Condons. “We are very proud of commonage systems – we think it is a brilliant old wise idea where people can work collectively together and retain their individuality,” Joe explained.
“I don’t think it is possible in any other walk of life in the present time.”
“We don’t feel hard done by working with this land - we can see its benefits and how to capitalise on that is to work in sync with nature than trying to manipulate nature to give you something that isn’t naturally there.”