August Brand Feature:
Manor Farm

Manor Farm chicken, owned by the Carton Bro’s, is one of the country’s oldest family businesses, dating back to 1775 when it began operating in the Dublin Markets.

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Manor Farm: Award Winning 100% Irish Chicken

Originally, almost 200 years ago, chickens would be transported from farmyards all across the nation to the Dublin Markets and sold on by Carton’s. In subsequent years, people would send their live chickens on the Carton’s train, where they would be sold and the proceeds would be returned to the farmers via return mail (less a commission of course).

They acquired their poulters licence in 1807, launching them on a journey that would last many generations.

Throughout the Great Irish Famine, the Carton Bros kindly helped bring water to Dublin, and they gained a household reputation for their generosity and dependability through their guaranteed payment for chickens supplied by train. The Cartons acquired a piece of property along the rail line, just up for Halston St, on a street called Manor Street, to start a farm; the cultivated area became known as Manor Farm, and so the brand name was formed.

Chicken, as we know it today in Ireland, was introduced by Manor Farm in 1956, with the concept of the “spring chicken” being available all year round. Business continued to boom and in 1968 a hatchery was built un Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, followed quickly by an investment in a state-of-the-art investment site at Sherlock, Co. Cavan.

Manor Farm has always dedicated itself to quality, and the production of unique and extremely tasty chicken products, from the best chickens of which they produce themselves. Today, Manor Farm has over 800 employees and employs over 170 farmers. 

Today, all Manor Farm chicken is 100% Irish and produced to the highest standards. All of their chicken is Bord Bia certified, and they are a consistent winner of several industry quality awards. They are frequent winners of numerous Irish and International Food Awards, an accomplishment that everyone at Manor Farm is quite proud of. Their extensive selection of chicken products meets all Foodservice requirements, and they adapt their chicken to particular client requirements when necessary. Manor Farm farmers raise their hens with the welfare of the birds and environmental sustainability as major pillars in mind, with the motto “A Better Chicken for a Better Life,” at the forefront of all they do.

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