There has been a castle at Glenarm since the 13th century and is currently owned by Randal McDonnell, Viscount Dunluce.
Until the middle of the eighteenth century the Antrim Estate extended up to Ballycastle and beyond. Now, however, it is limited almost entirely to the land that sits within the walls of the Castle Demesne. Today the Demesne, which was once a deer park, is a working estate consisting of forest, farmland and the Glenarm River. Over the past 12 years, Glenarm Estate has diversified in order to become more sustainable. Our new enterprises now include game shooting and various events throughtout the year.
With respect to our beef, we wanted to explore traditional breeds that would yield a top quality product with a simpler management system compared to the existing continental system.
Bryan Wilson, our farm Manager, after considerable research, determined that Shorthorn Beef would be the traditional breed best suited for our new project. The meat would have distinct flavour and if properly handled during and after slaughter, could produce beef without equal. It was decided that all continental stock bulls be removed from the herd and replaced with Beef Shorthorn bulls with appropriate estimated breeding values.
We have secured a processing partner in Peter Hannan of Moira based, Hannan Meats. Hannan Meats is as passionate about beef processing as we are about production. This unique partnership ensures that the beef is expertly handled. The feedback from chefs is consistently very good and testament that we are producing an exceptional premium product.