THE Six Counties NI Dexter Cattle Group was very lucky with the weather for an excellent afternoon for its inaugural Farm Walk at Castlescreen Farm.
Participants arrived from 2pm and lunched on Dexter burgers and hot dogs with a variety of salads, which gave everyone an opportunity to mingle and have a chat. After this everyone was organised for the farm walk which started with a field of Dexter cows with new calves.
Damien Tumelty, who owns the farm with his partner Jackie Gibson, acted as escort and gave an interesting talk on the cattle seen at each stage. Well known for its slogan ‘wee cows big beef’, Castlescreen Farm has one of the largest Dexter herds in Northern Ireland and is ‘Pasture for life’ certified, farming with a sustainable, regenerative app-roach.
It produces grass fed Dexter beef which is processed on-farm in its butchery and sold directly through the farm shop, website and farmers’ markets.
The walk led through several other groups of Dexters, including young heifers, bullocks and other cows with calves. Some of these were of the highest linear assessed Dexter cattle in the UK.
The tour ended with an introduction to the farm’s resident bulls. Ballyloughan Chevelier, a
many times champion with a linear grade of 95, and his grandson Castlescreen Erenest, who is showing great promise.
The group then returned to take refreshments of tea, coffee and delicious tray bakes made by Susan McCullough and any questions which needed to be answered.
The afternoon at 6pm, with visitors tired but very happy. This successful event raised £150 for The Alzheimer’s Society.