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JUNE 2019
Pigs Focus
The late Jack Marry was a well-known
legend in pig farming and operated
several very successful farms, producing
up to 55,000 pigs a year. He was regarded
as one of the most successful pig meat
producers in Ireland. This tradition has
been carried on by his three sons Gareth,
Colin and Jonathan who each manage
their own successful pig farms.
Colin, who farms at Little Grange near
Drogheda, is on the Board of the Irish Pig
Health Society and is a member of the
European Pig Producers committee.
Jonathan, who also farms near
Drogheda in Co. Louth, won the Macra
na Feirme FDB Young Farmer of the
Year competition in 2015 and is active
in the Pig Health Society and the IFA
Pig Committee. Jonathan also runs an
extremely successful catering business
­ The PigSpit & BBQ Company. Pigspit.
ie provides Pig on a Spit for Weddings,
Private Functions & Corporate Functions
of all sizes around Ireland. The company
was a finalist in the 2019 Weddings Online
Awards and have grown considerably over
the past three years.
Birth to bacon unit
Gareth, the oldest of the Marry sons,
focuses his energies on his Kentstown
pig farm which is based near Balrath in
Co. Meath. He manages a modern and
highly e cient 520 sow, birth to bacon
unit along with his team, including Áine
Comiskey, Mark Armstrong & Philip
Dunne. Aine hails from Kilnaleck in Co.
Cavan and is a qualified farm manager
and did her studies at the Teagasc
Matt O'Kee e reports on the
legacy of Jack Marry's pig farming
Generations of
pig producers
JUNE 2019
Pigs Focus