20th to 22nd August 2013
Dundrum, west Tipperary
The Irish Dexter Cattle Group, in conjunction with Dundrum Tidy Towns, are using the occasion of The Gathering Ireland 2013 to host an international event in recognition of the Dexter cattle breed, which was first developed in Ireland and which is currently one of only three recognized native Irish cattle breeds. It was first formally acknowledged by the famous agriculturalist David Low in his 1842 book “On the Domesticated Animals of the British Islands” in which he credited Mr. Dexter, agent to Maude Lord Hawarden of Dundrum in County Tipperary, as the man after which the breed was named.
Although having virtually died out in Ireland by the 1920s the Dexter was widely acclaimed in the U.K. and further afield as a very versatile and easy to keep cow, well suited to small land holdings and poor land, and for producing both a high milk yield and superb quality of meat.
Since the first live exports from Ireland around 1900 the Dexter has spread across the world to such far flung places as the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand & South Africa. In recent years the Dexter has finally started to make a comeback in its native homeland, with the support and enthusiasm of a small but growing number of breeders, and the demand by consumers for high qualitylocally produced food.