From our Chairman

posted Dec 17, 2018, 8:18 AM by Ciaran Culkin   [ updated Dec 17, 2018, 8:42 AM ]
Christmas Message from our Chairman

I would like to wish all our members a very happy Christmas and a prosperous new year in 2019. We now have around 110 memers out of 160+ who are Dexter Cattle Society UK members.

The ROI Group has been invited to host the UK Dexter Cattle Society AGM in 2019. The proposed date was the weekend after the ploughing championships, which takes place at the end of September, however we have since been informed that they wish to stick with their usual date, mid October.


We have to choose a location. The AGM to take place on Saturday morning, with the possibility of a half day conference in the afternoon, followed by a meal and some entertainment.

The catering will involve a midday lunch and an evening dinner; we should have Dexter Beef as the main course. A beef stew would be quite in order. The UK AGMs try to keep it modest, and a suitable hall where we could hire in a local caterer would be preferred. We can discuss this further at our own AGM in February 2019. We will need to set up a working group to organise this UK DCS AGM.

The proposed Dexter Beef Gateway is to be piloted by the ROI Group. This is to be a recorded survey of all beef steers available for slaughter, where our members will register their steers in order to quantify availability to the market.

Thanks to all who showed and promoted Dexters in 2018. We need to step it up for 2019 so start “lasooing” one or two suitable show animals!

Quality control for both the ABP and Mart sales is required for 2019. Unless we exercise better quality control we are shooting ourselves in the foot.

Going forward, all animals need to be Pure Bred Registered and all steers Birth Notified, and all participants need to be members of the ROI Group.

Animals need to be 24-30 months and be a minimum of 130kg carcase weight, and be finished suitable for slaughter.

The Mart sale was a learning experience. Going forward, it would be great to establish a Mart Sale in Munster, Leinster and Connaught/Ulster.
Quality control is the only way forward.
The Mart Sale is not a place to off load poor quality unfinished stock.

Only breed from the best and hope for the best, and cull poor quality breeding stock.


Best wishes

Sean Flannery
Chairman,  Dexter Cattle Society, ROI Group