Wexford nursing home's own farm provides it with beef

David Tucker

Published 12/05/2015 | 00:00

From left: Mairead O'Sullivan, director of nursing, Robin Yoham, chef, Larry Coleman, farm manager, Philip Stafford, proprietor, Alejandro Peiro Sanchez, head chef, Barry Keane, Kavanagh Meats, and Edel Lee Morris.
From left: Mairead O'Sullivan, director of nursing, Robin Yoham, chef, Larry Coleman, farm manager, Philip Stafford, proprietor, Alejandro Peiro Sanchez, head chef, Barry Keane, Kavanagh Meats, and Edel Lee Morris.

Kerlogue Nursing in Wexford says its sister-owned farming enterprise, Drinagh Farm is now providing it with its own stock of prime quality beef.

The cattle used will be processed in Kavanagh Meats of Enniscorthy, in their newly-refurbished EU approved modern abattoir, which operates to the highest quality standards.

With all these processes taking place locally in Wexford, Kerlogue says it is very aware of keeping a low carbon footprint and also providing jobs in Wexford.

'The traceability allows for Kerlogue Nursing home to ensure quality and nutritious prime beef will only be supplied to our residents within the home,' said general manager Edel Lee Morris.

'This quality assurance will provide high grade beef cuts with a guarantee of tenderness. As we age the primary function of protein in the body is for growth and repair of body tissue, with this in mind the National Food & Safety Authority of Ireland documented the need for a higher quality and quantity of protein in the elderly who have acute and or chronic illness or who reside in a long term care facility. 'Because of this it was an obvious decision to commence to the process of providing our own Prime Beef into Kerlogue Nursing home for our residents to enjoy,' she said.

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