Johnny Lynch is a farmer and cheese producer from Kilnamartery, Co. Cork, where he has a farm. Tired of producing milk for low prices, Johnny bought 15 water buffalos for the farm in Kilnamartery in 2009. Johnny now has a total of 200 buffalos. With a new cheese production facility on the farm, he and cheese expert Seán Ferry began producing cheese from the farm’s buffalo milk. The types of cheese produced are Mozzarella, Ricotta and Halloumi. No other company in Ireland is currently making these products from buffalo milk. The company won the gold prize from Bord Bia in 2016 for the Mozzarella and Ricotta it produces.

The cheese produced by Macroom Buffalo Cheese Products is available throughout the country in supermarkets on a wholesale basis and at farmers’ markets.

Now in the second year of cheese production, the Macroom Buffalo Cheese Products company has also begun attracting international attention. They recently accomplished a great achievement at the 2016 World Photo Credits: Valerie O’Sullivan and Macroom Buffalo Cheese Products Cheese Awards in San Sebastian, Spain, winning one of the gold medals for their mozzarella cheese. The interest in the cheese is such that Johnny and his staff are always under pressure to meet demand, even though production has increased year-on-year.

An important part of the company’s success in the domestic market is the support received from Údarás na Gaeltachta in areas such as training and development grants and consultancy, research and development supports. This award demonstrates the standard of food product that can be delivered globally from our rural Gaeltacht areas thanks to the hard work of our producers and the support and cooperation that Údarás na Gaeltachta can provide.

The company now employs nine people in the rural Gaeltacht area of Kilnamartery and a strategic expansion is now planned for the years ahead due to this global award and the support received from Údarás na Gaeltachta.