Our family, the Robinsons have been farming at Cloughbane for around 150 years and is now in it’s fourth generation. Up until 2002, it was, pure and simply, a farm, selling our beef, lamb and free range eggs to wholesalers.
In 2002 our local council in Dungannon decided to set up a farmer’s market and invited us to be founder members and help get it off the ground. We sold our lamb and beef reared direct from our farm and it proved very popular and demand for it grew. We decided to set up a Farm Shop on our farm where we started selling our own beef and lamb.
It was a steep learning curve, as it was new to all of us, but business grew steadily and, in 2004, we converted a larger building (formerly a pig house, then a sheep pen) into what is now the shop, which features a 12-foot butchery serve over counter, three other chiller cabinets for our own and other locally sourced products, fruit and vegetables plus some ambient lines. We also sell chicken and pork from other local suppliers. The facilities also include a large butchery preparation area and cold stores for hanging the carcasses to mature. Beef is matured for 28 days, lamb for 10-14 days and all is dry hung on the bone, which we believe makes for a much better quality end product.
Cooking Up A Treat
As our business in the Farm Shop grew with most of the butcher sales being for the higher end cuts, we were left with a surplus of forequarter meat. So the idea was born to create our own range of cooked foods. Cooking for our family was something I always enjoyed so when we started creating our own pies and bakes we were delighted when sales increased rapidly for these dishes. These were initially only sold through the Farm Shop, but it wasn’t long before local retailers were asking us to supply them with our products. To accommodate the increasing sales of the cooked dishes we converted another farm building to Farm Shop Kitchens. This enabled us to increase the volumes on our current range and also introduce new lines. Further success followed and in January 2009 we built our first purpose built cooked kitchens which is SALSA Approved.
Buying Our Product Range
For a full list of our delicious offerings please view our online shop.
As well as selling our dishes through our Farm Shop and to retailers in Northern and Southern Ireland we also sell all our products online. Our fresh meat and cooked dishes is prepared and made on our farm and can be delivered direct to your door. Online orders are delivered once a week and if your order is over £80 in Northern Ireland and over £100 in GB & Ireland, these are delivered free!
Awards & Recognition
We are always delighted to be recognised for our achievements whether it is from our customers directly or the winner of an award, it makes all our hard work worthwhile. Quite recently we were named as the ‘Agri-Food Business of the Year’ at the Farming Life and Northern Bank Awards as well as are Great Taste Award Wins, Shortlisted at the Free From Food Awards, winning an ‘Inspiration Award’ from Asda these are just a few of our recognised achievements in the last few months. To view these and more, please see the Awards section of our website.
Cloughbane Farm is a Farm Shop and Agri Food Business on a real farm. Quality is important to us and our goal is to keep providing all our customers with good honest wholesome food. We like to create a Taste from home, a Taste You Can Trust.