Farm to Fork

The Process

That is our guarantee to the customer. It’s no surprise then that this small-town business has collected Food Safety Authority awards. It passes the annual Department of Agriculture and Food inspection which is a prerequisite for a licence to operate a victualling business. This is a business which can hold its place in an international market.

A look around the abattoir and processing areas shows the importance of what happens before the meat comes to the counter. Nothing is left to chance here. Cleanliness is essential. Chilling is carried out at a pace that allows the meat to attain a natural maturity and full flavour over a period of twelve to fourteen days. It could be done much more quickly and cheaply, but this would mean compromising on quality, and compromise in this area is not a word in Nolans’ dictionary. The quality control process includes a self-imposed, continuous, critical assessment of the finished product to ensure maintenance of standards. Everything is carefully regulated and the reputation of the meat is a paramount concern of proprietor and staff alike.

The carcasses are hung and chilled for days and then we begin the breaking down process that enables us to produce the products you require. Then to the counter where it is then over to you in the kitchen to bring to life the full flavour!

All our methods are EU and approved and approved by the Health and Safety Authority. All the staff have also taken the safety courses necessary to meet standards. Everyone on the team holds a safety certificate. If you would like any further information please feel free to contact us for details.

“The butchers in Nolans are true craftsmen dedicating to getting the detail of their job right . Good stock, healthy living conditions, no artificial growth promoters, absence of disease, proper feeding, a stress-free period before slaughter, strict hygiene and proper maturing are all necessary for the production of good meat; and in Nolans nothing less will do." - James Nolan

From farm to fork

Our Facilities

Nolan Butchers of Kilcullen is a 28,000 sq ft complex which includes a store, a fully EU licensed Abattoir, Chills, Boning Hall, Curing facility and all the required ancillary services and a large customer and staff car park. Having everything on site gives the ability to have full control over the various processes and if problems arise they can be solved there and then.

Nolan Butchers of Kilcullen is described as a Farm to Fork enterprise i.e. Farm, Abattoir, Chills,Factory and Shop which has become a very rare business in Ireland today. All their beef comes from heifers from both Nolan’s farm and local farmers. The farm is located at the rear of the complex; the heifers are then slaughtered in the EU licensed abattoir and prepared and chilled on site and where there is an effective traceability system in place.

Traceability is paramount in the meat business today.

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The Animals & Meat

Often one hears that a butcher specializes in a particular breed “ Aberdeen Angus” for example or “ Charolais”. In Nolans the breed is important but more so we look at each individual heifer carefully before hand selecting that which we believe will give the best flavour possible. The breeds however from which we choose include Aberdeen Angus, Charolais, Limousines, Belgian Blues, Black White Heads and Herefords.

We do have one rule and please do not feel we are discriminatory - “ Heifers only”. Why? Generally Heifers have a little more fat than other cattle and as Andy would often be quoted “ Fat means flavour”. Fat helps to flavour the meat and plays a very important role in developing excellent beef flavour.

Our heifers are selected from our farm and local farms mostly around the Kildare region. However we source store heifers from the West of Ireland as they simply thrive once they reach the grasslands of Kildare.

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Nolans Quality Traceability

We comply with all EU regulations that are implemented by the department of Agriculture, Kildare County Council and Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

Environmental Statement

All of us at Nolans are aware of the increasing necessity of caring for our environment. We use the REUSE RECYCLE mantra as much as we possibly can.

We have reduced our energy usage by becoming more energy aware and efficient.