Minister of State Joe O’Brien visited a farm with Moil cattle outside Ballina this morning.

It was among a number of stops the Minister of State at the dept of Rural and Community Development made while in Mayo today.

Moil cattle have a very low environmental impact and are used in many instances in specialised conservation grazing projects. They have a long history as a dual purpose hardy animal, producing both high quality beef and milk and a low input animal well adapted to producing beef in extensive and conservation systems. The Moil can graze on a wide variety of plants including rushes, ivy, sedge and heather.  Their grazing helps to encourage the growth of a wide range of plants and flora.

Irish Moiled Cattle are economical, easy kept suckling cows and are an excellent choice for conservational grazing. Moil cattle can live outdoors all year round, weigh roughly 450kg lighter than continental breeds so they aerate the land rather than poach it, require less feeding and produce less nitrogen/methane

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