Kilkenny Free Range Produce


All of our ducks and geese are with us on the farm from the day they're hatched to the day they're delivered to the customer.

Ducks

Geese

Free Range Duck and Goose



The ducklings are housed in mobile sheds giving them free access to pasture during daylight hours.

The goslings are introduced to open air pasture as soon as possible depending on weather. This usually happens at 2-3 weeks old. Our lands are fully protected from predators. This allows them the freedom to roam and graze until late September. Depending on grass availability, their feed is then supplemented with wheat. From mid-October they are fed adlib. The geese are primarily reared for the Christmas market.

We manage production from day old birds to the end customer. Our volume of production is small by industry standards thereby ensuring that we maintain the highest quality.

Our ducklings and goslings are initially fed a starter crumb and after 10 days are introduced to duck goose grower produced by Connollys Red Mills, Goresbridge, Kilkenny.

The processing method for both ducks and geese is very similar. All birds are slaughtered by recognised humane standards. They are initially dry-plucked and hung in a cold-room on site for up to 10 days. This allows the meat to mature. Following this they are eviscerated and immediately delivered to the customer.


Plenty of space
Morning!
Geese
Geese!
Bedtime for chicks
Ducks!

Animal Welfare



We are equally concerned for the welfare of the birds we produce. This is achieved by adhering to the 5 freedoms as determined by "Freedom Food" standards.

The Five Freedoms

  • Freedom from hunger and thirst.
  • Freedom from discomfort.
  • Freedom from pain, injury or disease.
  • Freedom to express normal behaviour.
  • Freedom from fear and distress.
Mary with the geese