Trust is a two-way street

Open communication with our farmers builds and maintains trust.

Despite growing up on a farm, Cathal Lowry hadn’t always felt destined for a life in farming.

Click here to read Cathal's story

My parents had a dairy and beef enterprise and I was heavily involved in that growing up, but after college, I felt like I needed a break from it all,” explains Cathal.

Growing up on the farm in Gurtymadden in Loughrea, Cathal always had a keen interest in farming, so much so that he went on to study at Mountbellew Agricultural College in 1993, followed by a three-year farming management apprenticeship.

I was working on different farms all over the country. It was hard work but a great experience.

In 2000, Cathal left for Australia to take a break from farming and explore other avenues, but he didn’t enjoy the hectic city life of Sydney. “I left to get away from farming, but I only lasted three months in the city, and then I moved to the bush area on the border of New South Wales and Queensland, where I was involved with tillage and dry stock farming.

After a year in Australia, Cathal’s father called to say that land near their farm was on sale. “He said if you’re interested in coming home to farm, I’ll buy the land,” recalls Cathal.

Cathal happily returned and continued working with his parents until 2011, when he took over the farm.

Now Cathal lives in the farm house with his wife Sylvia and their four children, while his parents live half a mile down the road. The farm, which now focuses on dairy farming, has reached 101-hectares and requires a lot of teamwork.

My wife and my dad help out on the farm which makes everything move much more smoothly. Sylvia looks after the calves and my dad takes care of spreading the fertiliser, while I focus on milking the cows and a bit of everything else.

With more than 200 cows to milk Cathal finds himself working from 7am until 7pm during springtime, but when the season quietens down he’ll be back to normal days of about eight hours.

The Aurivo milk supplier says building trust is essential. “It’s extremely important to have trust with the distributor you supply to. Usually farmers stay with a distributor for life, but you need to have trust there. I moved to Aurivo eight years ago, and it was a great decision. We have open lines of communication and there is always someone at the end of the phone if you are in trouble.

Cathal Lowry

Dairy farmer; 200 cows / Gurtymadden, Loughrea, Galway

“It’s extremely important to have trust with the distributor you supply to. Usually farmers stay with a distributor for life, but that only works if there is mutual trust.”

Despite growing up on a farm, Cathal Lowry hadn’t always felt destined for a life in farming.

Click here to read Cathal's story

My parents had a dairy and beef enterprise and I was heavily involved in that growing up, but after college, I felt like I needed a break from it all,” explains Cathal.

Growing up on the farm in Gurtymadden in Loughrea, Cathal always had a keen interest in farming, so much so that he went on to study at Mountbellew Agricultural College in 1993, followed by a three-year farming management apprenticeship.

I was working on different farms all over the country. It was hard work but a great experience.

In 2000, Cathal left for Australia to take a break from farming and explore other avenues, but he didn’t enjoy the hectic city life of Sydney. “I left to get away from farming, but I only lasted three months in the city, and then I moved to the bush area on the border of New South Wales and Queensland, where I was involved with tillage and dry stock farming.

After a year in Australia, Cathal’s father called to say that land near their farm was on sale. “He said if you’re interested in coming home to farm, I’ll buy the land,” recalls Cathal.

Cathal happily returned and continued working with his parents until 2011, when he took over the farm.

Now Cathal lives in the farm house with his wife Sylvia and their four children, while his parents live half a mile down the road. The farm, which now focuses on dairy farming, has reached 101-hectares and requires a lot of teamwork.

My wife and my dad help out on the farm which makes everything move much more smoothly. Sylvia looks after the calves and my dad takes care of spreading the fertiliser, while I focus on milking the cows and a bit of everything else.

With more than 200 cows to milk Cathal finds himself working from 7am until 7pm during springtime, but when the season quietens down he’ll be back to normal days of about eight hours.

The Aurivo milk supplier says building trust is essential. “It’s extremely important to have trust with the distributor you supply to. Usually farmers stay with a distributor for life, but you need to have trust there. I moved to Aurivo eight years ago, and it was a great decision. We have open lines of communication and there is always someone at the end of the phone if you are in trouble.

FARMER PROFILES

‘We communicate regularly with our farmers and we also speak openly and honestly. It’s important to build trust in order to commit ourselves to the highest standards of business and ethical behaviour.’

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Aurivo House
Finisklin,
Sligo.
Phone: 071 9186500
Fax: 071 9185239
Email: info@aurivo.ie

Aurivo Animal Feeds
Ballaghaderreen,
Co. Roscommon
Phone: 094 9860234
Fax: 094 9860238
Email: nutrias@aurivo.ie

Aurivo Consumer Foods
Finisklin,
Sligo.
Phone: 071 9160883
Email: consumerfoods@aurivo.ie
Web: connachtgoldfoods.ie

Aurivo Dairy Ingredients
Ballaghaderreen,
Co. Roscommon
Phone: 094 9860114
Fax: 094 9860157
Email: dairyingredients@aurivo.ie

Aurivo House
Finisklin, Sligo.
Phone: 071 9186500 | Fax: 071 9185239
Email: info@aurivo.ie

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Aurivo House
Finisklin Business Park, Finisklin, Sligo, Ireland

Aurivo House
Finisklin,
Sligo.
Phone: 071 9186500
Fax: 071 9185239
Email: info@aurivo.ie

Aurivo Dairy Ingredients
Aurivo Dairy Ingredients, Lung, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, Ireland

Aurivo Dairy Ingredients
Ballaghaderreen,
Co. Roscommon
Phone: 094 9860114
Fax: 094 9860157
Email:dairyingredients@aurivo.ie

 

Aurivo Animal Feeds
Unit 7A, The Mill Business Park, Dublin Rd, Kilcolman, Ballaghadereen, Co. Roscommon, Ireland

Aurivo Animal Feeds
Ballaghaderreen,
Co. Roscommon
Phone: 094 9860234
Fax: 094 9860238
Email: nutrias@aurivo.ie

Homeland, Ballaghaderreen
4 College Ct, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, F45 DR13, Ireland

Contact Name: Francis McDonagh
Address: Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon
Phone: 094 9860081
Fax: 094 9860373
Email: Francis.McDonagh@aurivo.ie

Farm Commercial Specialist: Gary Keane
Mobile: 087 185 4535

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9am - 5.30pm
Sat: 9am - 4pm
Open through lunch

Homeland, Ballina
Crossmolina Rd, Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Contact Name: Donal Tuohy

Address: Crossmolina Rd, Ballina, Co Mayo.
Phone: 096 73588
Fax: 096 73589
Email: Donal.tuohy@aurivo.ie

Farm Commercial Specialist: Martin Boland 
Mobile: 087 374 4150

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9am - 5.45pm
Sat: 9am - 5pm
Open through lunch

 

Homeland, Castlebar
Glencar, Fortfield, Moneenbradagh, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Manager: Padraic Prendergast
Address: Springfield, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Phone: 094 9022311
Fax: 094 9022910
Email: pprendergast@aurivo.ie

Farm Commercial Specialist: Gary Keane
Mobile: 087 185 4535

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9am - 5.45pm
Sat: 9am - 4.30pm
Open through lunch

Homeland Plus, Westport
5 Castlebar Rd, Carrowbeg, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Contact Name: Gerard Coyne
Address: Lodge Rd, Westport, Co. Mayo
Phone: 098 27535
Fax: 098 27543
Email: gerard.coyne@aurivo.ie

Farm Commercial Specialist: David Whelan
Mobile: 087 367 4073

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sat: 9:00am - 5.30pm
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12.30pm - 5.00pm

Homeland, Swinford
2 Fraunhill, Swineford, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Contact Name: Alan Gibbons
Address: Swinford, Co Mayo.
Phone: 094 9251360
Fax: 094 9251360
Email: alan.gibbons@aurivo.ie

Farm Commercial Specialist: Gary Keane
Mobile: 087 185 4535

Opening Hours:
Mon -  Fri: 9am - 6pm
Sat: 9-5pm

Homeland Agri, Achonry
Achonry, Co. Sligo, Ireland

Contact Name: Darragh Halligan
Address: Achonry, Tubbercurry, Co.Sligo
Phone: 071 9184127
Email: darragh.halligan@aurivo.ie

Farm Commercial Specialist: Emer Reilly
Mobile: 087 173 8249

Opening Hours:
Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri: 9am - 5.30pm
Thurs, Sat: 9am - 1pm
Closed for Lunch from 1.30pm to 2.15pm

Homeland Plus, Deep Water Quay, Sligo
Icos House, Finisklin Rd, Cartron, Sligo, Ireland

Contact Name: Lisa Doocey
Address: Deep Water Quay, Sligo
Phone: 071 9161879
Fax: 071 9150274
Email: lisa.doocey@aurivo.ie

Farm Commercial Specialist: Emer Reilly
Mobile: 087 173 8249

Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 9am - 6pm
Sat - 9am - 5.30pm
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12pm - 5pm
Open through lunch

Homeland Agri, Athleague
R362, Co. Roscommon, Ireland

Contact Name: Tony White
Address: Athleague, Co Roscommon.
Phone: 090 6663322
Fax: 090 6663580
Email: twhite@aurivo.ie

Farm Commercial Specialist: James Kelly
Mobile: 087 272 3636

Farm Commercial Specialist: Mark Whelan

Mobile: 087 608 2036

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9am - 6pm
Sat: 9am - 4pm
Closed for lunch 1pm - 2pm

Homeland Agri, Castlerea
Longford House, Longford, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, Ireland

Manager: John Ruane
Address: Castlerea, Co Roscommon.
Phone: 094 9620162
Fax: 094 9620978
Email: jruane@aurivo.ie

Farm Commercial Specialist: Colm Duffy
Mobile: 087 092 9434

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9am - 5.30pm
Sat: 9am - 4pm
Closed for Lunch 1pm - 2pm

Homeland, Rathscanlon
R294, Rathscanlan, Co. Sligo, Ireland

Contact Name: Francis Gallagher
Address: Ballina Rd., Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo
Phone: 071 9185571
Email: Francis.gallagher@aurivo.ie

Farm Commercial Specialist: Gary Keane
Mobile: 087 185 4535

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9am - 5.30pm
Sat: 9am - 4.30pm
Open through lunch

Homeland Agri, Riverstown
Cuiltylough, Riverstown, Co. Sligo, Ireland

Contact Name: David Faughnan
Address: Riverstown, Co. Sligo
Phone: 071 9165103
Fax: 071 9165334
Email: david.faughnan@aurivo.ie

Farm Commercial Specialist: Emer Reilly
Mobile: 087 173 8249

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9am - 5.30pm
Sat: 9am - 1.00pm
Closed for lunch 1.30pm - 2.15pm

 

Homeland Agri, Ballymote
R293, Keenaghan, Co. Sligo, Ireland

Contact Name: Anita McNicholas
Address: Ballymote, Co. Sligo
Phone: 071 9183452
Fax: 071 9183023
Email: anita.mcnicholas@aurivo.ie

Farm Commercial Specialist: Emer Reilly
Mobile: 087 173 8249

Opening Hours:
Tues - Fri: 9am - 5.30pm
Mon, Sat: 9am - 1pm
Closed for lunch 1.30pm - 2.30pm

Homeland Agri, Skreen
N59, Co. Sligo, Ireland

Contact Name: Cathal Kelly
Address: Skreen, Co. Sligo
Phone: 071 9166711
Fax: 071 9166796
Email: ckelly@aurivo.ie

Farm Commercial Specialist: Martin Boland 
Mobile: 087 374 4150

Opening Hours:
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Sat: 9am - 4.45pm. Closed Wed.
Closed for Lunch 1pm to 1.45pm

Homeland, Claremorris
2 Clareville, Clare, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Contact Name: Shane Kivlehan
Address: Claremorris, Co. Mayo
Phone: 094 9371292
Fax: 094 9371292

Farm Commercial Specialist: David Whelan
Mobile: 087 367 4073

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9am - 5.30pm
Sat: 9am - 5pm
Open through lunch

Homeland, Ballinrobe
Abbey View, Abbey Rd, Friarsquarter West, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Contact Name: Michael Canny
Address: Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo
Phone: 094 9541134
Fax: 094 9520015
Email: michael.canny@aurivo.ie

Farm Commercial Specialist: David Whelan
Mobile: 087 367 4073

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9am - 5.30pm
Sat: 9am - 5pm
Open through lunch

Homeland Agri, Kinlough
2 Spa Brae, Kinlough, Co. Leitrim, Ireland

Contact Name: Ernan McGarrigle
Address: Kinlough, Co. Leitrim
Phone: 071 9841413
Email: emcgarrigle@aurivo.ie

Farm Commercial Specialist: Emer Reilly
Mobile: 087 173 8249

Opening Hours:
Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat: 9am - 5.30pm
Closed Thurs
Closed through lunch 1pm - 2pm

Homeland Agri, Kilbarron
Nagin House, Creevy, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Contact Name: Hugh McGarrigle
Address: Cashelard, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal
Phone: 071 9851296
Fax: 071 9852448
Email: hmcgarrigle@aurivo.ie

Farm Commercial Specialist: Emer Reilly
Mobile: 087 173 8249

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9am - 5.15pm
Sat: 9am - 4pm. Closed for Lunch 1.15pm to 1.45pm

Homeland Agri, Athlone
Moydrum Rd, Blyry Upper, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

Contact Name: Jack Moran
Address: Moydrum Business Park, Cavan Exit, Main Dublin Road, Athlone.
Phone: 090 6465652
Email: jmoran@aurivo.ie

Farm Commercial Specialist: James Kelly
Mobile: 087 272 3636

Opening Hours:
Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri 9am - 5.30pm
Closed for lunch 1pm - 1.45pm
Closed Wednesday
Sat 9am - 4.30pm (Open through lunch)

Homeland Agri, Gurteen
R293, Co. Sligo, Ireland

Contact Name: Kevin Kane
Address: Gurteen, Co Sligo.
Phone: 071 9182007
Fax: 071 9182054
Email: kkane@aurivo.ie

Farm Commercial Specialist: Colm Duffy
Mobile: 087 092 9434

Opening Hours:
Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri: 9am - 5.30pm
Thurs & Sat: 9am - 1pm
Closed for lunch 1pm - 2pm

Homeland Agri, Killala
Quay Rd, Townplots East, Co. Mayo, Ireland

 

Contact Name: Darragh McGarry
Address: The Quay, Killala, Co Mayo.
Phone: 096 32044
Fax: 096 32315

Farm Commercial Specialist: Martin Boland 
Mobile: 087 374 4150

Opening Hours:
Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri: 9am - 5pm
Tues & Sat: 9am - 1pm
Open through lunch

 

Homeland Agri, Boyle
Station Rd, Termon, Co. Roscommon, Ireland

Contact Name: Paul Fahy
Address: Boyle, Co Roscommon.
Phone: 071 9662427
Email: paul.fahy@aurivo.ie

Farm Commercial Specialist: Colm Duffy
Mobile: 087 092 9434

Opening Hours:
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 9am - 5.30pm
Wed, Sat: 9am - 1pm
Closed for lunch 1pm - 1.45pm

Homeland, Ballyhaunis
N83, Kilmannin, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Contact Name: Joe Slattery
Address: Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo
Phone: 094 9630166
Fax: 094 9630274
Email: jslattery@aurivo.ie

Farm Commercial Specialist: Martin Boland 
Mobile: 087 374 4150

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sat: 9am - 5.30pm
Open through lunch

Homeland Agri, Easkey
R297, Co. Sligo, Ireland

Contact Name: Kevin Flynn
Address: Castletown, Easkey, Co Sligo.
Phone: 096 49043

Farm Commercial Specialist: Martin Boland 
Mobile: 087 374 4150

Opening Hours:
Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri: 9am - 5.30pm
Closed for lunch: 1-2pm
Closed Tuesday.
Sat 9am - 4.30pm
Closed for lunch 1-1.30pm

Homeland Agri, Kiltoghert
R299, Co. Leitrim, Ireland

Contact Name: Ursula Crossan
Address: Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim.
Phone: 071 9622113
Fax: 071 9622249
Email: Ursula.crossan@aurivo.ie

Farm Commercial Specialist: Colm Duffy
Mobile: 087 092 9434

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9am - 5.30pm
Sat: 9am - 4pm
Closed for Lunch 1pm - 2pm

Homeland, Mohill
1 Hyde St, Mohill, Co. Leitrim, N41 V6T4, Ireland

Contact Name: Fiona Heslin
Address: Mohill, Co Leitrim.
Phone: 071 9631194
Fax: 071 9632057
Email: fheslin@aurivo.ie

Farm Commercial Specialist: Colm Duffy
Mobile: 087 092 9434

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9am - 5.45pm
Sat: 9am - 5.30pm
Open through lunch

Homeland, Letterkenny
Middle Rd, Ballyboe Lisnenan, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Contact Name: Chris Lyons
Address: Ballyraine, Letterkenny
Phone: 074 9113314
Fax: 074 9124823
Email: Chris.Lyons@aurivo.ie

Farm Commercial Specialist: Johnathan Smyth
Mobile: 078 333 80089

Farm Commercial Specialist: John Alexandar
Mobile: 086 824 5937

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9am - 5.30pm
Sat: 9am - 2pm

Homeland, Lifford
Letterkenny Rd, Lifford, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Contact Name: Joe Carlin
Address: Lifford
Phone: 074 9141558
Fax: 074 9141961
Email: joe.carlin@aurivo.ie

Farm Commercial Specialist: Johnathan Smyth
Mobile: 078 333 80089

Farm Commercial Specialist: John Alexandar
Mobile: 086 824 5937

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sat: 9am - 5pm : Closed for Lunch 1pm to 1.30pm

Homeland Agri, Creeslough
Sue's Cottage, Rosscad, Creeslough, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Contact Name: Dominick Gallagher
Address: Creeslough
Phone: 074 9138078
Fax: 074 9138079 Email: dominick.gallagher@aurivo.ie

Farm Commercial Specialist: Johnathan Smyth
Mobile: 078 333 80089

Farm Commercial Specialist: John Alexandar
Mobile: 086 824 5937

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sat: 9am - 5.30pm
Closed for Lunch 1pm - 2 pm

Homeland Agri, Ardara
Corner House, The Diamond, Drumbaran, Ardara, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Contact Name: Laurence Breslin
Address: Ardara
Phone: 074 9541888
Fax: 074 9537745   Email: laurence.breslin@aurivo.ie

Farm Commercial Specialist: Emer Reilly
Mobile: 087 173 8249

Opening Hours:
Tues - Fri: 9am - 5.30pm
Sat: 9-5PM
Closed for Lunch 1pm - 2pm

Homeland Agri, Omagh
10 Dromore Rd Retail Park, Omagh BT78 1RE, UK

Manager:  Alister Erskine
Address: Dromore Rd Retail Park, Omagh
Phone: 028 82 244184
Fax: 028 82 240909

Farm Commercial Specialist: Johnathan Smyth
Mobile: 078 333 80089

Farm Commercial Specialist: John Alexandar
Mobile: 086 824 5937

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sat: 9am - 5.30pm

Homeland, Kerrykeel
R246, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Contact Name: Derek Stewart
Address:  Kerrykeel
Phone: 074 9150179
Fax: 074 9150193
Email: derek.stewart@aurivo.ie

Farm Commercial Specialist: Johnathan Smyth
Mobile: 078 333 80089

Farm Commercial Specialist: John Alexandar
Mobile: 086 824 5937

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sat: 9am - 5.30pm
Closed for Lunch 1pm - 2 pm

Homeland Agri, Longford
Cartrongeeragh Business Park, Athlone Road, Cartronageeragh, Co. Longford, Ireland

Contact: Padraig Heany
Address: Athlone rd., Longford
Tel: 043 3336286

Farm Commercial Specialist: James Kelly
Mobile: 087 272 3636

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday 9-6pm (Lunch 1.15-2pm)
Saturday - 9-4.30pm (Lunch 1.15-2pm)

Homeland Belmullet
Áras Mhaoilchiaraín, Chapel St, Belmullet, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Manager: Stephen Killeen
Address: Chapel Street, Belmullet, Co. Mayo
Tel: 097 81109
Email: stephen.killeen@aurivo.ie

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri 9- 5:30pm
SAT - 9 - 4pm
Open through lunch

Homeland Agri Ballinfull
1, Carrigeens, Ballinfull, Co. Sligo, F91 K5D7, Ireland

Contact Name: David Currid
Address: Ballinfull, Co. Sligo
Phone: 071 9163154
Email: david.currid@aurivo.ie

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 09:00 - 5.30pm
Sat: 9-4PM
Closed for lunch: 1-2PM

Aurivo Livestock Mart Ballymote
Laburnum Lodge, Fairgreen Rd, Rathnakelliga, Ballymote, Co. Sligo, Ireland

Manager: Stephen Hannon
Tel: 0818 301 401
Bookings: Pre Booking Monday 9.30 am – 1.00 pm for Thursday Sale

Aurivo Livestock Mart Ballinrobe
Abbey St, Friarsquarter West, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Manager: Tom Mc Guire
Tel: 094 95 41140
Bookings: Pre Booking Friday 9.30 am – 1.00 pm for Wednesday Sale

Aurivo Livestock Mart Balla
N60, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Manager: Michael Murphy
Tel: 0818 301 401
Bookings: Pre Booking Wednesday for Sat Sale 9.30 am – 11.00 am for Bullocks/Heifers
11.00 am – 1.00 pm for all Cows
Pre Booking Thursday for Weanling Sale 9.30am – 1pm

Aurivo Livestock Mart Mohill
1 Cappagh, Mohill, Co. Leitrim, Ireland

Manager: Stephen Hannon
Tel: 0818 301 401
Bookings: Pre Booking Tuesday 9.30 am – 1.00 pm for Saturday Sale