The Droimeann Cattle Society, founded on September, 11th, 2016 has been officially approved by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to hold and maintain the Droimeann cattle herd-book.
The news comes on the back of a successful inspection conducted by the DAFM on Wednesday, April, 25th, 2018. Droimeann cattle have also been recognised by the Department as a distinct native breed of Irish cattle and been approved as a beef breed and attained an official breed code ‘DM’, with up to 300 cattle now in the country.
Speaking to That’s Farming, Tom Keane, General Manager of The Droimeann Cattle Society said:
“The Society has 100% genetic testing and this has pushed the breed to great heights - we have been in constant contact with the ICBF; Weatherbys; DAFM and Teagasc. Due to this development, we will be issuing pedigree certificates within the next number of weeks.”
“There really is not a 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.”
Tom Keane also took the opportunity to acknowledge James Casey, Treasurer and Liasion Officer for DAFM; Teagasc; ICBF and Weatherbys his major contribution to this significant development.
A Sense of Identity
Tom stressed that prior to this, numerous Droimeann cattle were recorded incorrectly on the Department of Agriculture’s database; in order to evaluate the genetics of the cattle, the detailed pedigree certificates will indicate the level of purity – with classification groupings including pure and categories A; B; C; D.
Marks a Milestone
A statement published on the official website of the society outlined: “This marks a milestone for our society as it is the first native breed to be recognised since the Irish Moiled were recognised in 1927.”
A public launch to mark this occasion will take place at a later date, with details to be confirmed and published on That’s Farming.