The Irish Moiled is one of our rarest and most distinctive breeds. They are the only surviving domestic livestock native to Northern Ireland. Traditionally a dairy cow, it has earned it reputation as a hardy, dual purpose animal, producing milk from poorer quality grazing.
The number of Irish Moiled cattle declined significantly in the 20th century to only 30 purebred animals in the 1970’s due to the introduction of more specialist cattle breeds. However, since the revival of the breed in the early 1980’s numbers are increasing year on year and are now classified as Category 4 (At risk) in RBST watch list compared with category 1 (critical) in early 2000’s.
Irish Moiled beef has superb tenderness, is highly marbled and has a distinctive flavour. At Cloughbane it is dry hung and matured for 28 days to ensure maximum taste and tenderness; this is clearly a superb combination as our Irish Moiled Rib Eye Eye Steaks have recently won 3 GOLD Stars at the Great Taste Awards 2012, and our Fillet & T-Bone steaks won 2 GOLD Stars!
Steers can be fattened economically on good quality forage without the need for concentrates and achieve carcass weights of 220-260kg typically R and O grades. Steers now attract a premium price through Crossgar Meats as the Demand is growing for this distinctly flavoured beef.
To ensure the integrity and validity of the breed’s important gene pool, every animal is DNA profiled and parentage proven before it is registered.
For more information on how you can help to conserve Northern Ireland's only cattle breed, please visit http://www.irishmoiledcattlesociety.com