Dexter Cattle Society - a brief update

posted Nov 28, 2017, 9:17 AM by Tim Birdsall   [ updated Nov 25, 2018, 5:10 AM by Ciaran Culkin ]
The ROI Group was reformed in early 2015 following a survey of the 100 members of the UK DCS in the Republic.   A reconvened AGM took place in April 2015 with four regional meetings & farm walks.  We had 40 members who joined our support group.

In 2016 we held our AGM in February.  Again we had 4 regional meetings plus 4 farm visits.  We also got involved in the Knowledge Transfer Scheme by setting up 3 Provincial Sub Groups in Munster, Leinster & Connaught/Ulster.  Our membership grew to circa 80.  In 2015 we were involved in a Beef Slaughter Scheme where 24 steers were supplied to the ABP meat factory in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.  In 2016, 34 steers were slaughtered. The price was €5.50 per Kg and in 2017, over 90 Dexters were supplied to ABP with the beef supplied to Aldi Supermarket. 

This has been a great success for the group and has brought confidence to our breeder members with demand for both beef and breeding animals.  There are now 160+ members from ROI who have joined the Dexter Cattle Society in the UK.  Our support group has 80 of these members so there is scope for us to double our membership.  With 160 breeders in the Republic and 120 breeders in the North of Ireland, this makes us the fastest growing region for Dexters making up nearly 25% of the total DCS membership.