We supply slowly matured, premium quality, organically raised dexter beef; characterised by an intense flavour and marbling.
Producing the Beef
Since 2010, to supplement the mountain grasses during winter, we have been feeding our cattle organic barley seeds, sprouted in a 20ft-long insulated container. This turns the grains into more digestible barley grass, liberating essential nutrients and improving their absorption. This is supplemented with organic seaweed meal collected from the west of Ireland and organic rapeseed husk grown in County Kilkenny. This system provides a consistent, daily supply of fresh fodder that contains high levels of protein, minerals, vitamins and essential oils.
The beef we sell is fully traceable and slaughtered by Tim Murphy, a local craft butcher in Kealkill, County Cork. His facilities are not organically certified but Tim observes standard organic practices to ensure that organic meat does not come in contact with non-organic meat. He slaughters organic animals and packs organic meat first thing in the morning, in a newly cleaned abattoir. In consideration of animal welfare, we have chosen to use him, as opposed to driving the cattle long distances to find an organically certified butcher. Because of this, our beef cannot be sold as organic, but the cattle are 100% raised organically.
Our Dexter beef ages slowly and so has a high degree of marbling and an intense flavour. Our beef is matured by hanging it for 28 days. For those who want more mature beef, we use specialised osmotic bags designed for dry ageing, to store and mature the beef. The dry ageing process tenderises the meat and concentrates the flavour, resulting in cooked beef that is jucier and many comment that it 'tastes like beef used to taste'.
All our animals are finished entirely on fresh grass. Evidence indicates that cattle fed predominantly on grass have healthier meat, high in the 'good fats' that protect against heart disease. Our animals are raised organically, they are not routinely treated with antibiotics and we rarely use veterinary medicines, only when there is no alternative.
Buying Dexter Beef
If you would like to purchase organically raised Dexter beef, either for your own personal consumption or for use in your restaurant or sale in your shop, please contact us to discuss your requirements. We can specify certain cuts and dry ageing times with Tim, our butcher and we can arrange delivery nationwide.