Manor Farm is the chicken brand of Carton Bros. The company is now in the 8th generation of the Carton family with Vincent Carton currently Managing Director. Proud of its Irishness, the company employs 824 people directly, contracts a further 160 farmers and gives indirect employment to many more throughout the 26 counties. Manor Farm is also committed to the Love Irish Food campaign which will guarantee to the consumer that Irish products are kept on the shelves and will keep jobs in Ireland.
During the 1950’s, Manor Farm was the first to bring the chicken we know today into Ireland and laid the foundations for the chicken industry that now exists. During that period most chickens were grown in the countryside, mainly in Co. Monaghan and transported to Dublin for slaughtering. Nowadays Manor Farm – with its unique plant number IE 803 EC – has one of the most modern processing facilities in Europe, producing up to 600,000 birds per week at its home in the heart of Co. Cavan. The company supplies its Irish customers from all the major supermarkets, local stores and butchers as well as supplying foreign markets through exports.
Carton Bros is the name of the company that produce Manor Farm chicken. It is one of the oldest family companies in the country and dates back to 1775 when it was trading in the Dublin Markets. Originally in those heady days over 200 years ago, chickens would be brought from the farmyards all around the country to the Dublin Markets and Carton’s would sell them on. In later years people would send their live chickens on the train marked for Carton’s where they would then be sold and the money would be sent back to the Farmers by return