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Table 1: Origin, year of first importation & current numbers of the main beef breeds in Ireland

Main Beef Breeds Origins


  • Of the beef breeds that have been brought into Ireland – the Hereford, Shorthorn & Angus breeds are here by far the longest
  • The continental beef breeds first started to be imported in the 1960’s and 70’s. Charolais, Simmental, Limousin & Blonde d’Aquitaine were the breeds that were first brought into Ireland.
  • The 1980’s & 90’s saw 5 more foreign breeds introduced to these shores – namely Belgian Blue, Piedmontese, Aubrac, Salers & Parthenaise.



Pictured right is the Hereford AI Sire ‘Cornaher Anchor’ (CNR).CNR Hereford

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