Founded in 2014
Mother Bee was founded in 2014 by Cheryl McWilliams. Named after her Mother, who left her the secret family recipe. This original recipe made with beeswax, natural & essential oils consequently would go on to become Soothe & Protect. Its’ origins has been traced back to Cheryl’s Great Grandfather Thomas Wright, a smallholder from County Tyrone. It now has a multitude of uses and still is the flagship product within our range.
This unique formula was only launched publicly after the encouragement of local Vet, Eric Smith. Eric discovered the healing properties of the cream and encouraged Cheryl to take it to market. O’Reilly & Fee Vets became our first customer, soon many stores and vets followed.
Here at Mother Bee we pride ourselves in how effectively the products work, and nothing goes to market until it’s proven to do exactly what it’s made for. The range is constantly evolving with new products being added regularly.
All our products are manufactured on site at Priory Cottages in Benburb, using sustainable natural ingredients. In addition to this we are lucky enough to have on our doorstep the historic grounds of The Servite Priory & Benburb Castle. This gives a fantastic setting to the hive and keeps us in touch with nature.
One of the most distinct and exciting products to develop in the Mother Bee range is Sweet Relief. Building on the original recipe the product has developed to offer, both the healing and soothing qualities of Soothe & Protect, but also fly repellent qualities via Organic Neem Oil. Sweet Relief is proving to be a saviour product for a number of our customers.
We’ve shipped to the four corners of the world to horse owners in New Zealand to veterinary colleges in the USA. We love receiving feedback from our customers, reading about, and seeing the difference our products have made to them and their animals. You only need look at some of the before and after photos to see the transformations they have experienced. You can see read a number of the customer testimonials we have received.
When it comes putting our products together, we only use natural ingredients.
Our story started back in 1904 with Tommy Wright a smallholder and beekeeper, living in the rural setting of County Tyrone in Ireland.
Stable to Racecourse
Whilst most our products are used by horse owners, many have find their way to racing stables.
Our team has a track record in working in the equine and veterinary supply business. Get in touch today with any questions you may have.
More About Cheryl
Cheryl McWilliams has a long and accomplished career in the equine field.
In 2013 she spent time working with the Kentucky Equine Research in 2013 on a Nutritional Development and modern research for performance horses, foal growth & development for Bluegrass Horse Feeds also working alongside Hallway feeds.
Over 2012-14 she worked with a number of the major studs over monitoring the growth rate of foals and prepping for the sales.During 2014 Cheryl exhibited at World Equestrian games in France 2014 for the duration, and was a regular attendee at Dublin Horse show with Bluegrass Horse Feeds.
In late 2015, After an enquiry from the owners of Annacotty, Cheryl was asked if Mother Bee could help with a problem. The racehorse had been in a race, fallen, was trampled on and carried a wound for six weeks. After weeks of bandaging and they could not get it to heal. After a call, Cheryl posted a package of Soothe and Protect, which when applied to the wound helped clear the wound 24 hours it immediately started to heal. The same year Annacotty famously went on to win the Paddy Powers Gold Cup Cheltenham.
In 2017 Cheryl was honoured to sat as a judge on the pitching panel as part of the prestigious Flying Start programme held at the Godolphin stud in Kildare.
Today Cheryl continues to develop her business, going from strength to strength, working with customers every day to explore new ideas and to care for their pets and animals. You can connect with her over on LinkedIn.