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NI Dexter Cattle Group Premium Show

29th May 2021 at Beattie Livestock Sales
12 Noon

Bidding available on marteye.com

109 Glenpark Road, Omagh

BT79 7ST

For further information email hello@nidextergroup.org or contact Ryan on 07919979939



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NI Dexter Group launches Premier Sale

The Dexter Cattle Society NI Group is pleased to announce that they have teamed up with Richard Beattie Pedigree Sales to offer a Premier Sale for Group members. This exciting new venture will take place on Saturday 29th May at Beattie’s Pedigree Centre, 109 Glenpark Road, Omagh BT79 7ST.

Chairman of the Group, Ryan Lavery says, ‘Due to the increased popularity of the Dexter breed in NI and the insatious demand for stock we have organised a sale of breeding stock to take place in conjunction with Beattie’s Pedigree Sales. This is an excellent opportunity for members to offer their surplus breeding stock and potential buyers can be confident that the sale will boast some of the finest Dexter Cattle in NI.

We have chosen the end of May to suit the start of the breeding season for traditional spring calving herds. This offers breeders the opportunity to purchase new stock bulls or heifers for their herd. The sale will also be broadcast online through Marteye so you can even bid for stock from the tractor seat!’

Entries are currently being sought for:

1. Bull born in 2020

2. Heifer born in 2020

3. Bull born in 2019

4. Heifer born in 2019

5. Cow/Heifer born in 2017-2018

6. Cow born in 2015-2016

7. Cow born 2012-2014

8. Bull born 2012-2018

Sellers are reminded that they must be a member of the NI Group to enter the sale. Membership forms can be downloaded from the website at www.nidextercattlegroup.com.

2020 Virtual Show

The widely recognised enthusiasm of the NI Dexter Cattle Group members has shown through again in recent weeks, despite the cancellation of the Cattle Showing season.  Many of the well known show exhibitors and some new entrants have kept themselves busy halter training and preparing stock for the Group’s 2020 Virtual Show. This new initiative gave an excellent opportunity for members both young and old to compete with their Dexters in both haltered and un-haltered sections of the competition; with a wide range of classes from senior bulls right through to calves born in 2020 providing ample opportunity to showcase some of the best Dexter cattle in the UK.

The judge for the event was Mary Kay from Cumbria, who as the Chief Judge of the UK and Ireland Dexter Cattle Society was delighted to support the NI Groups Virtual Show concept; stating that ‘it was a great idea which brings members together during these difficult times’. Mary was very impressed by the quality of cattle shown. She also complimented the professionalism which the NI Group members demonstrated in presenting both their Dexters and themselves. She confirmed that there is a very bright future for the Dexter Cattle NI Group.

Chairman of the NI Dexter Cattle Group, Ryan Lavery who helped organise the event, thanked her for the support for this new group event.   Mary is no stranger to the show rings of NI, having judged several of the main Dexter Shows in Northern Ireland including the Antrim Premier Show in 2019 and NI Group hope to see her back here in the show ring in the near future!

Ryan also expressed thanks to all of the exhibitors and it stated that it was particularly good to see members who don’t normally show, entering and winning with their stock. The hope is that this success will encourage them to take their Dexters out in the ring when the live shows start back again.

The Virtual Show also had an important role in fundraising for the Southern Area Hospice and the NI Dexter Group are delighted to have raised £1,300 for this worthy charity. Thanks to all of those who contributed their entry fees or gave donations.

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Long Service Awards

The Northern Ireland Group would like to extend our congratulations to founding members Howard and Dierdre Hilton and Newell Bingham on receiving Long Service Awards in recognition of their contribution to the Dexter Breed and Society.

Many will know the continuous work that Newell and the Hiltons put into promoting the breed in Northern Ireland, attending events across the province and laying foundations for the NI Group. Indeed some will notice Ballykeel or Hillhead animals dotted throughout their pedigrees, knowing their stock come from strong genetics. Both herds have bred many successful show champions and have contributed to the success of many herds in NI.


Show Stories

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Big Heap Sitting Down Dexter

Back in the early noughties the NI Dexters were still doing the rounds of the show trying to get themselves back in the game. In many cases the Dexters were mixed in with the ‘rare breeds’ classes but eventually they got their own ring. 

A stalwart of showing at this time was Fintan Murphy who apart from having some good Dexters was famous for always having a smile in the ring.  Then came the Ballymena Show in 2012.  

Fintan came up to the ring confident as usual with his heifer..... and then living up to the well known Dexter unpredictability it decided to sit down like a dog at the entrance to the ring. Temporary? Not likely, this was a Dexter which had made up its mind. 

After numerous attempts to move it, the steward was forced to make a new entrance to the ring and the class commenced. The entire class was then judged and finished, with Fintan still standing there, smiling as usual, keeping company with his heifer on her sit down strike.

Such is the life of a Dexter Showperson!

The day the Dexters really made it back at Balmoral Show

Having returned to the RUAS Balmoral Show in 2013 after a gap from the 1930’s, it is fair to say that some other cattle breeds were not exactly impressed with the ‘wee’ cow. 


All that  changed in 2016 when the Bloomer, Cadian Herd did the previously unthinkable, they won an interbreed class with Dexters!

When they entered the ring is was clear that the ‘three’ from Cadian were something special with a great bull being matched with identical heifers and also an excellent representation of the breed.  Many non dexters judges do not recognise the dual purpose characteristics of the Dexter, but in this particular instance as the judging progressed it was clear the Dexter threes had a chance..... and finally the pat on the rear and the Dexters walked forward as the RUAS Balmoral interbreed 3’s Champions 2016.  Even more heartening many from other breeds standing around the ring agreed with the decision!


This was the day the Dexters really arrived back at the Balmoral Show!


The Bloomer exhibitors with the victorious Dexters. Des was so shocked he forgot to smile!