posted Oct 4, 2019, 4:35 AM by Ciaran Culkin   [ updated Oct 6, 2019, 12:25 PM ]

Next date for slaughter scheme is Monday, October 21st.

Animals booked in can be delivery to factory in Nenagh by 
11:30am on day of slaughter or 9:00pm on the day before?


            Animals should be pure bred dexter,
            should be good quality and quality assured, 
            aged between 24 and 30 months




posted Sep 27, 2019, 3:16 AM by Ciaran Culkin   [ updated Sep 29, 2019, 9:48 AM ]

Press Release DCS AGM


The Dexter Cattle Society UK AGM is coming to Ireland on Saturday 12th October 2019. AGM will be held at St Kevin’s GAA Pavilion, Staplestown, Donadea, Naas, Co Kildare, Eircode W91 Y653.

The Dexter Cattle Society UK represents 1200 members in total of which circa 200 members are in the Republic of Ireland with another 100 members in Northern Ireland. Membership has been increasing steadily both in ROI and NI in the past decade. In recognition of this the DCS has decided to hold the 2019 AGM in the Republic of Ireland for the first time.

Attendance will include Dexter Breeders from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The AGM starts at 10:30am with a conference at 2:30pm. The Theme of the conference is Dexter Cattle Breed, Past, Present and Future.

There is a dinner at 6:00pm where Dexter Beef Roast is on the menu. 

In order to accommodate members who are traveling home after dinner the meal time has been brought forward to 6:00pm.

The DAFM, Bord Bia, ABP Nenagh and Brady Meats are supporting the AGM And Conference. There are 3-4 speakers with a question and answer session afterwards.

The Dexter Breed is a native Irish Breed and evolved from the Kerry Cattle. Dexters were exported to England in the 1880’s and from there spread throughout the World. In the following 100 years, 1900-2000 the Breed all but disappeared from Ireland and had to be re-introduced from the UK.

Dexter Beef is a prime product which is increasing in popularity on restaurant and hotel menus. 

Dexter steers are achieving prices of €5.25 - €5.50 per kg dead weight.

AGM is for members only.

Reporters welcome to Conference.


Sean Flannery

Chairman Republic of Ireland Group

00 353 87 2416646


Remember Tim

posted Sep 26, 2019, 1:36 AM by Ciaran Culkin   [ updated Sep 26, 2019, 9:18 AM ]


The entire area in the vicinity of Dromore West in Sligo and much further afield has been shocked by the news of the sudden death of Tim Birdsall on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019
We are forever indebted to Tim for the design, setup and development of this website.
Tim also provided the training necessary for the upkeep, operation and ongoing running of the website. 
Tim was always obliging and always helpful whenever his assistance was required.

We wish to sympathise most sincerely with his loving wife and sons and extended family.

Tim, may you rest in peace.


                      At the regional meeting in Crosmolina on June 16th, a motion of sympathy to
                                                     Tim's wife and family was passed.




Autumn Newsletter 2019

posted Sep 12, 2019, 12:52 PM by Ciaran Culkin   [ updated Sep 23, 2019, 1:30 PM ]

ROI Dexter Cattle Group – Autumn Newsletter

2019 is another successful year for the ROI Group with over 115 members and more in the process of joining. Membership of the Dexter Cattle Society UK (DCS) is now over 170 Irish breeders and is increasing steadily year on year.

The Dexter Beef Kill is also gaining momentum where we are expecting a big increase in numbers this Autumn. Special  thanks is due to Tom McDonald for co-ordinating the supply of Dexter steers into ABP factory in Nenagh. Thanks also to all members for your cattle which are most important as the size and capacity of our Dexter Herd is increasing steadily annually.

AGM - Dexter Cattle Society UK is coming to Ireland for its AGM to be held at St Kevin’s GAA Pavilion Staplestown, Donadea, Co Kildare. The ROI Group is hosting the AGM on Saturday 12th October at 10:30am.
A Conference on the Dexter Cattle Breed Past, Present and Future will be held in the afternoon. Dinner will be served on the Saturday evening with music and dancing.

Members attending the AGM & Conference and wishing to make a payment using their own online banking 
can use the following;

Name on Account:     Dexter Cattle Society

BIC:    NWBK GB 2L               IBAN:    GB03 NWBK 6014 3044 3649 97

Appeal--- We are appealing to all our ROI Members to attend the AGM Conference and Dinner. It is a great opportunity to meet the DCS Secretary and staff and DCS Council Trustees.

The ROI Group has many relatively new members. It is the first time that the DCS AGM has come to the Republic of Ireland and we need your support to make the event a success. This is your chance to meet members from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The AGM has been held once in Northern Ireland, so this is a rare occasion. 

Ulster Regional Meeting on 17/8/19 was again held in Gosford Park, Market Hill, Co Armagh with twenty members in attendance. We had an enjoyable day watching Dexters being shown on a sunny day. Two of our members attended a Farm Walk on 24/08/19 at McCullough’s Farm in Hollywood,  Co. Down with over 100 Northern Ireland members in attendance. A Barbeque was enjoyed afterwards with Dexter Burgers on the menu.

Exhibiting and Showing of Dexters

Dexters were shown at 2 shows, Bonniconlon and Royal Meath Show in Trim.
Dexters were exhibited at around 10 additional shows.


Tullamore Show – We had short and non-short cow and calf in separate pens. There was huge interest with definite enquires and interests. It was a shame that the exhibition was not supported by our membership. Thanks to the Droimeann Cattle Society exhibitors for giving a handout during busy periods.

                                                                                                                           Sean Flannery
                                                                                                                           Chairman RoI Group



posted Sep 7, 2019, 4:30 AM by Ciaran Culkin   [ updated Sep 7, 2019, 4:37 AM ]



                 Sean Flannery (Chairman of DCS-RoI group) assisting Margaret & Henry Judge
                                                    With their prize winning Dexters .
                                                              Oxmount Martha
                                                              Oxmount Suzie
                                                              Oxmount Snowman

Niall Culkin & Tara Crawford with Kilgarvan Cairn Mor



posted Aug 6, 2019, 2:24 PM by Ciaran Culkin   [ updated Sep 23, 2019, 1:12 PM ]

Bonniconlon Show

The Bonniconlan show, being one of the biggest and best in the country, again did Bonniconlan proud with a fantastic display of organisation, planning, volunteering and working together. The Dexter Society is very grateful to the Bonniconlan Show committee for their efforts in promoting dexter cattle; they were the first in hosting dexter classes. 

Although the number of dexters present at the show was low, 
they generated quite an interest and several people were 
enthusiastic about the small animals, acquiring more information 
and starting a herd. 

The Dexter Cattle Judge for the day was Ryan Lavery, Aghalee co Antrim, 22 years of age. He is a second generation farmer alongside his grandfather on 35 acres on the shores of lough Neagh. They run the Derryola Herd of Dexter cattle, comprising of 12 pedigree cows with all taken to beef, alongside a few commercial store cattle. The herd was established in 2006 and regularly competes in the show circuit in N.Ireland, having won numerous championships over the years. Most recent being Balmoral and Lurgan show with current stock bull. He has been judging offically for The Dexter Cattle society for two years having qualified as the youngest judge ever after a two year training program. He is a current committee member of the NI Dexter Group. He has also recently graduated from Queens University Belfast with a BSc Hons degree in Agricultural Technology. Currently he is Farm Manager at Kerrib Farm in Portadown, Co Armagh which has a dairy herd run alongside a waste recycling business.


There were four dexter classes for competition;

        Purebred Dexter Cow; sponsored by Michael Melody
        Purebred Dexter Bull or Heifer Calf sponsored by Bonniconlan Show
        Purebred Dexter Bull, any age sponsored by Dexter Cattle Society
        Purebred Dexter Maiden Heifer sponsored by Dexter Cattle Society

Liam  O'Halloran & William                                                  Niall Culkin & Tara Crawford & Judge
with Scotsborough Dotty, July & Iota                                   with Kilgarvan Cairn Mor

        Liam O'Halloran with Scotsborough Dotty                   Will O'Halloran with Scotsborough July

The Results:

Purebred Dexter Cow
Winner, Oxmount Martha
Owner - Henry Judge
Handler - Henry Judge
Second, Scotsborough Dotty
Owner - Will O'Halloran
Handler - Liam  O'Halloran

Purebred Dexter Bull or Heifer Calf
Winner, Scotsborough July
Owner - Will O'Halloran
Handler - Ciaran Culkin
Second, Oxmount Suzie
Owner - HenryJudge
Handler - HenryJudge

Purebred Dexter Bull any age
Winner, Killgarvan Cairn Mor
Handler - Niall Culkin
Second, Oxmount Snowman
Owner - Henry Judge
Handler - Henry Judge

Purebred Dexter Maiden Heifer
Winner,  Scotsborough Iota    
Owner - Will O'Halloran
Handler - Will O'Halloran

Purebred Dexter Champion
Killgarvan Cairn Mor

Reserve Champion Dexter 
Oxmount Martha

         Oxmount Snowman - Pushing his weight around                                              Martha & Suzie  (we can fix it)




posted May 29, 2019, 12:34 PM by Ciaran Culkin   [ updated May 30, 2019, 3:36 AM ]

ROI Dexter Cattle Group

Summer Newsletter 2019

Dear Members

The recent Dexter Mart Sale in Drumshanbo on 18/5/19 was most disappointing with only one entry of a nice quality young bull and some poor-quality animals. This was very unfortunate as there were buyers present but not enough stock available to purchase.
                    Oisin Dolan and Keith Mullaney, auctioneers in Drumshanbo mart achieving the best price for a dexter bull

The ABP/Bord Bia Kill is proceeding with first kill in early May of 17 animals and second kill planned for end of May. Supply is on the scarce side. It is vitally important that ROI group members support our Beef Kill in ABP Nenagh. Members who have Dexter steers ready for slaughter should get in touch with Tom McDonald Phone (086) 2544655 to arrange entry for kill.

This year some of our members are exhibiting at the Cork Show, The Mount Briscoe Rare Breed Show in Daingean Co Offaly and the Tullamore Show while other members are showing at Bonniconlon Co Mayo, on 5/8/19; the Royal Meath Show in Trim Co Meath is on 1/9/19. 
The ROI Group are sponsoring 3 Dexter classes at the Bonniconlon Show at a cost of €540.

We have purchased a second pop up tent plus banners, so that we can have a presence at as many shows as possible. This decision was taken at the Munster Meeting at Ballyvourney, Co Cork where we had a very successful meeting. We visited Sean Dineens herd of quality dexters and we were treated to a fine supper before we set out for home, thanks to Sean Dineen and Family.
Our Connaught meeting will be in (near) Ballina Co Mayo hosted by Sean McHugh on 16/6/19. We hope to attend 2 Farm visits after our meeting which starts at 2pm.

We intend to go back to the Rare Breeds Trust Show & Sale on 17/8/19 at Gosford Park Markethill Co Armagh. This is an opportunity to see Dexters being shown by the Northern Ireland Dexter Group. A Leinster Meeting is planned for October with date to be decided.

The Dexter Cattle Society UK are coming to Ireland to hold their AGM on 12/10/19 in St Kevin’s GAA Club House in Staplestown Donadea Co Kildare. 
The AGM is on the Saturday morning with a ½ day conference in the afternoon, followed with an evening meal, with Dexter Roast on the menu. Dexter Members from UK, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland will be in attendance. Please make an effort to attend as it should be a memorable occasion for all Dexter breeders and owners. Speakers will include Tom McDonald, Greg Walsh and Duncan McIntire. 

After evening meal there will be musical entertainment including singing and dancing. Details will be sent out by DCS Office for bookings etc.

Sean Flannery Chairman ROI Group




posted Apr 26, 2019, 4:56 AM by Ciaran Culkin   [ updated May 13, 2019, 10:56 AM ]

ROI Dexter Cattle Group
Press Release
Dexter Mart Sale in Drumshanbo

On Saturday 18th May 2019  a Dexter Mart Sale will take place at 12 noon in Drumshanbo Mart in conjunction with an Organic Cattle Sale. The Sale will include PBR Organic and Non Organic animals. All breeding Dexters will be Pure Bred Registered with the Dexter Cattle Society in the UK where the Herd Book is held.
All steers will be birth notified with the DCS also. This qualifies them for the Dexter Beef Kill in Nenagh at the ABP Factory where a premium price of €5.25 per kg is paid for steers 24-30 months, pure bred birth notified, Bord Bia approved, grass fed with a cover of fat, to produce a well finished Dexter steer. This Beef Kill has the support and approval of Bord Bia in conjunction with Amalgamated Beef Packers in the Nenagh Factory.
The contract runs from April untill November with an expected Kill of 10 steers every 2 weeks. The sale is an opportunity for Beef Cattle Finishers to buy weanlings or yearlings with a guaranteed factory price of €5.25 at slaughter. Dexters will finish on grass on reasonable to marginal land without meal or nuts.
There are 170 Breeders of Dexter Cattle in the ROI with approx 130 in N. Ireland. The Dexter herd is growing steadily in Ireland with 10-15 new breeders joining the DCS UK Herd Book every year. This is creating good demand for breeding heifers and increasing supply of finished steers which is not keeping up with the demand for Dexter Beef. Dexter Beef is a high end meat sought after by Top End Hotel and Restaurant Chefs to meet the increasing demand of their decerning customer diners.
The ROI  Dexter Cattle Group website is
Face Book Page – Irish Dexter Cattle Group

The Herd Book is held by the Dexter Cattle Society UK who’s website is 

Sean Flannery
Chairman Of ROI Dexter Cattle Group 



posted Apr 25, 2019, 2:57 AM by Ciaran Culkin   [ updated May 15, 2019, 1:28 PM ]

A sale of Dexter cattle will take place in Drumshanbo on Sat May 18th.

Cattle for sale should be booked into the mart a week in advance, this is to allow for a full listing to be prepared for the benefit of everybody, paricularly the buyers.
The sale is to include organic and non organic dexters.
Animals intended for breeding must be Pure Bred Registered Dexters. Registration Certificates should be available for viewing on the day.

When booking in animals for sale, owners are asked to give the
registration numbers of the animals for sale as well as
other relevant information.

Address:     Drumshanbo Mart, Drumshanbo
County:       Leitrim
Phone:        071 9641116



April 14th, in BALLYVOURNEY

posted Apr 16, 2019, 1:25 PM by Ciaran Culkin   [ updated May 13, 2019, 11:00 AM ]

A brief summary of proceedngs at the meeting in Ballyvourney, Co Cork.

After some fine food in The Mills, the chairman got the meeting under way. There was a very good attendance with some travelling quite a distance to be there. The agenda had several interesting items.

These included upcoming regional meetings, a sale of dexters in Drumshambo, upcoming shows, supply of animals for the slaughter scheme. 


                                                     The Mills Ballyvourney

NEXT REGIONAL MEETING. This is to be hosted by a Mayo dexter farmer, Sean McHugh, near Ballina on June 16th. More info later under upcoming events.


Some of the debates in Ballyvourney

SALE in DRUMSHAMBO. This is to take place on May 18th. Animals for sale to be registered and in good condition.

SHOWS in 2019. Dexters are to be exibited or entered in a number of shows during the year.

DEXTER SOCIETY UK AGM. The annual general meeting of the Dexter Cattle Society in the UK, will take place in Kildare on Oct 12th. This will be a good oportunity for members of the Irish Group to attend and participate in the running of the society. More info later.

A discussion on the purchase of least one more tent, to help promote dexters and the society, at events in the different regions, concluded with a positive response from members. 

Sean Dineen then allowed attendees the priviledge of viewing a wonderful herd of dexters. After the viewing, Sean and his family followed with appetising and delicious refreshments.

A look at that lovely herd:




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