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Dexters - the lucrative little wonders of the beef world

With meat prices above €5/kg, easy calving and an ability to thrive on marginal land, the dwarf native Irish breed is enjoying a revival, writes Martin Ryan

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Sean Flannery

Sean Flannery

Sean Flannery

Getting a regular factory base beef price above €5/kg is a pipe dream for most producers, but it has become a reality for Sean Flannery.

"This year I got €5.25/kg. It was €5.50 last year and I'm hoping to see it back up again next year - and maybe a little better," says the Kildare man.

Sean has a herd of dwarf Dexter cattle, whose meat is attracting a growing following and helping build a speciality both at home and abroad.


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