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Our farm is now managed 100% for game and wildlife. Game cover crops such as John’s Delight and wildflower meadows like the ones below attract hundreds of rare and endangered species as well as game birds.
A few years ago we decided to stop using rodenticides because of the presence of both long-eared owls and barn owls on the farm. We sealed up our stores better and use traps outside critical points when necessary and have not had any pest problems since, so our voluntary ban on rodenticide on the farm will remain and the owls will do our pest control while also eating better and so produce more and healthier offspring.
New Project for 2021; We have adopted the maintenance of the Cork Marts roundabout on the old Cork to Dublin road where we plan to sow both the Sunnyside Wildflower Meadow mix and the Native Species Perennial Pollinator Meadow mix. This will be sown in 4 distinct quarters or sections of the circle with a pathway in the shape of a cross dividing each one. We have already started work and half of it has been sown last autumn. Keep an eye out as you yield here to leave traffic off.
A range of our own carefully created seed mixes like John’s Delight Game Crop, Sunnyside Wildflower Meadow and a Wildbird cover crop mixed especially for the GLAS scheme are for sale in our online shop.
New for 2020: We have just created a new Native Species Perennial Pollinator Mix. This is expensive but will remain a permanent meadow afterwards. Sowing and maintenance guidelines on this site also.
Organic: We are looking at organic certification but in the meantime our GLAS Mix does not contain any seed dressings so a derogation for organic use can be got from the department. Call us for further information.
Delivery routes: While courier door to door delivery is included in our prices we also offer a cheaper and personal delivery on selected routes where I meet customers at various points along my set routes. Kerry/Limerick, Clare/Galway, Cavan/Monaghan, Mayo/Sligo and Ballyshannon Donegal, travelled regularly along with the east coast and all of the midlands. See updates on route dates here as the season goes on.
Friday 28 May; West Cork.
Monday 31 May; Galway, Cavan and the midlands.
To follow the guidelines regarding social distancing and to minimise the risk of spreading the coronavirus, I would ask all customer to pay in advance by credit card over the phone or by bank transfer.
Cash or cheques are not ideal in these difficult times.
With regards to distributing the seed on the day, I would ask that customers to wear a face mask, use the hand sanitiser that I will have on board and keep the recommended 2-metre distance both from myself and from each other. Strictly no gathering around the the van and only 1 customer at time to approach the vehicle. This way by adhering to the regulations we will all stay safe and hopefully be allowed to carry on with our agricultural supply business.
We were actively involved with Rathcormac Game and Wildlife Club in the creation of the Corrin Nature Reserve, and we also undertake many conservation projects in our local area.
We are at present trying to reintroduce the Grey Partridge by releasing some every year. This once common bird along with the Corncrake could be seen and heard in almost every parish in Ireland and we’re keen to see it thriving here in Rathcormac once again.