Breeders and rare breed enthusiasts from all around Ireland gathered at Ballyvollane House, Co. Cork on Wednesday, August 22nd to mark the official launch of the Droimeann Cattle Society Herdbook.
The historic event took place at Bertha’s Revenge Irish Milk Gin - which is named after Big Bertha - the world’s oldest cow that gave birth to thirty-nine calves.
The Droimeann Cattle Society was approved to hold and maintain the herdbook, following a DAFM inspection in April of this year.
Droimeann is the first bovine breed to be recognised in Ireland since 1927 and has attained an official breed code - ‘DM’. According to the society, there are up to 300 Droimeann cattle farmed on Irish soil today.
Speaking to That’s Farming in a previous interview, Tom Keane of Droimeann Cattle Society said:
“There really is no future without this recognition. Having our own breed code will allow us to communicate with the Department on future matters - for example, if an opportunity to seek grant aid arises with a new environmental scheme but also to market the produce from the cattle.”
Image source: Bertha’s Revenge Gin - Facebook.