St Tola Goat Farm

St Tola’s multi award-winning goat cheese has achieved exceptional critical acclaim since its launch over twenty-five years ago.Visit the farm, take a tour and see how the cheese is made and take home a few samples of this delicious handmade produce!

St. Tola Irish Goat Cheese is known as one of the premium artisan products in Ireland. It is the finest, gourmet goats cheese and has been hand-made in the townland of Inagh just south of the Burren in County Clare since the early 1980s.

Over time Siobhán and her dedicated team have made significant developments to the family farm.  Siobhán has developed the business from a local industry to an internationally recognized brand. Our cheese is still hand made in small batches however as the artisanal quality of our cheese is paramount.

St. Tola Irish Goat Cheese is made by Inagh Farmhouse Cheese Ltd. and is a member of CÁIS (The Irish Farmhouse Cheesemakers Association) and the Slow Food movement. We are also part of the Burren Food Trail and are just a few miles from the Wild Atlantic Way

Cheese Making
St. Tola cheeses are handmade with no additives or preservatives.  A natural geotritum mould rind grows as the cheese matures (synthetic rinds are never used) to protect the cheese and enhance the flavour. As in all good artisan cheeses, other natural moulds, usually green or blue, may also develop, but these cause no harm. Many cheese lovers actually look for these moulds before purchasing! The rind can just removed before the cheese is consumed or used for cooking.  Cheese is matured to create different flavours from young, fresh and mild to mature and more pronounced in flavour. A small portion of the land and herds are kept organic. Please contact for more details on Organic products.

Some Goats cheese facts
St Tola Goats Cheese is low in fat, calories and 1% salt. Products are suitable for those with asthma and eczema. St. Tola cheese is rich in calcium, protein, vitamin A, vitamin K, phosphorus, niacin and thiamin. It is also rich in zinc, selenium and casein. As it has a lower level of lactose than cows milk goats cheese is easier to digest. Goats cheese enhances the nutritional use of iron and the regeneration of haemoglobin and can improve recovery of those with iron deficiency anaemia. Goats cheese acts as a positive influence on antioxidant defence and DNA stability.

Visiting Our Goat Farm
Visitors are free to visit our museum and visitor centre and have a look in at the kids. We are open Monday to Friday 11am to 4pm. (except Bank Holidays)

Tours can be arranged for groups of all sizes. The tour takes approx 1 hour to 1.5 hrs and includes a full tour of the working farm. There is a chance to pet the goats, see them during feeding time and get a better understanding of sustainable farming. A cheese making demonstration is included and also a gourmet cheese tasting. The last tour is at 2.30pm.

More about the goats
On 65 acres of unspoiled pasture-lands the St Tola herd of Saanen, Toggenburg and British Alpine goats are raised. During the warmer weather they graze on the herb rich pastures feeding on wild flowers such as buttercups, meadow sweet and wild garlic. In the winter they are housed indoors in comfortable, clean, spacious sheds and are fed on a balanced mix of hay 9grown on the farm during the summer) with a supplement of GM free grains.

The goats are milked twice a day in our state of the art milking parlour where 32 goats can be milked at a time. They are milked at 8am and 6pm. Strict farming practices, housing and hygiene criteria guarantee a happy and healthy herd!

The herd numbers approx 300 in total comprising of 200 milkers, kids and 12 pucks. Every year the herd increases by keeping the offspring from the best milkers while retiring goats and their kids are given away as family pets or donated to Bóthar, an international aid agency that provides poverty stricken families in developing countries using livestock in development aid.

Booking
All visitors are welcome to the farm, visit the museum & visitor Centre but Tours must be booked in advance.
Contact Grainne for booking and tour prices on +353 65 683 66 33 or sales@st-tola.ie

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Awards: Names & Logos

World Cheese Awards 2016

GOLD for St Tola Ash log

https://gff.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/WCA16-Results-at-181116-1000.pdf

 

The Great Taste Awards 2015

Two starts St Tola Divine 120g

http://greattasteawards.co.uk/2015-winners/

 

Euro-Toques Ireland Eirgrid Food Awards 2015

Event recognises five of the best Irish food producers for contribution to industry

http://www.euro-toques.ie/food-awards/2015-winners/

 

Irish Cheese Awards 2015

Silver: St. Tola Log, Inagh Farmhouse Cheese

 

Blas na hEireann 2014

Best Artisan Producer

https://www.businesspost.ie/legacy/blas-na-heireann-national-irish-food-awards-2014-clare-goat-cheese-maker-wins-artisan-food-producer-2014-207742

 

Irish Cheese Awards 2014

Silver: St Tola Log Plain Mature, Inagh Farmhouse Cheese

http://vibrantireland.com/irish-cheese-awards-2014/

St Tola Goat Farm
Gortbofearna Maurices Mills Ennistymon
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