Its A Family Affair!
Boulabán Farm, located in Co.Tipperary between Roscrea and Templemore is the peaceful, tranquil setting where 80 cows happily munch lots of grass and in turn provide us with rich creamy milk to make ice cream with. The cows are Holstein-Friesians and have all been born and reared on the farm.
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
Dairy farming has a long tradition in the area with the placename Boulabane originating from “An Buaille Bán” - The White Milking Place. This tradition has been carried on by Mike and, previously his dad John, since the 1960s.
The farm has evolved over the years from a mixed farming enterprise with dairy, beef, sheep, cereal, hay and grass all featuring on the production calendar to focusing solely on dairy now. This specialisation carried risks and we looked at opportunities to diversify. The final decision was “Ice-Cream and Sorbets” in 2006.
"The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway." — Elsa from Frozen, "Let It Go" !
BOULABAN FARM ICE-CREAM
We first started making ice cream and sorbets in small batch sizes of 10 litres. Initially production took place in a customised old farmhouse which was home to many generations of Cantwells. A lot of work had to done to transform it into a production facility but with much excitement and motivation and lots of help from friends, family and Leader assistance we were up and running!
The business has since expanded and we have added to the production facility to increase our capacity to meet the needs of our customers, currently located throughout the island of Ireland. We concentrate on the making of the ice-cream and sorbets for hotels and restaurants and have a great partner in La Rousse Foods who stock our ice cream and sorbets and deliver nationwide.
We still try to remain true to the farming values we were brought up with – hard work never hurt, do a job well (we have won awards at both the Great Taste Awards, Blas na hEireann and the Irish Restaurant Awards), take good care of all the stock (the pictures will show you how happy our cows are), and mind the land, we are its caretakers for the next generation.