Amy McGivergan, Helen Melody, Ian Philips, Michael Melody, Peter & Lynn Bryans and Sean Flannery

Ian (& Julie Philips}, Drumharlow Dexters, Helen & Michael Melody, Kilgarvan Dexters, Peter & Lynn Bryans & Amy McGivergan, Donabate Dexters, Sean Flannery Allendara Dexters

Dexter Cattle grazing at Áras an Uachtaráin

Twelve Dexter Cattle were welcomed to the grounds of Áras an Uachtaráin
by President Michael D Higgins in September, delivered by Peter Bryans, of Donabate Dexter Farm as part of a grazing and grassland management plan agreed between the Office of Public Works and the Irish Dexter Cattle Society. 

The Dexters will have the pleasure of grazing on green grass and a variety of vegetation on 130 acres of the grounds of the Áras as part of a programme to enhance the biodiversity of the grounds at Áras an Uachtaráin
and it is planned that they will graze these grounds for a number of months each year.

The cattle are a part of the herd of Donabate Dexter in North Co Dublin, and are also involved in a sustainable grazing programme in Fingal County Council’s protected coastal area.

The decision to graze dexter cattle at the Áras was taken following recommendations in a biodiversity audit, commissioned by the Office of Public Works in collaboration with researchers in Trinity College.

Bród, The President’s Dog keeping a close eye on Helen

Michael goes hunting, with Abi and the President’s young puppy, Misneach