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SUMMER NEWSLETTER

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

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