About Celtic Herd

The Celtic Pedigree Beef Simmental herd grew out of Tom Brickley’s imports from Austria in 1974, and later purchases from leading Irish herds, as well as imports of livestock, embryos and semen from Austria, Denmark, Germany, Canada and the UK. The herd was dispersed in November 2013 to facilitate a change in farming practice to Dairying, in time for the abolition of EU Milk Quotas in April ’15.

The dairy enterprise was initially established, based on Holstein genetics, due to availability and price. However, after undertaking some research work on behalf of the Irish Simmental Society, we became interested again in Simmental / Fleckvieh, this time, looking at the Dairy/Dual Purpose bloodlines, now commonly called “Dairy Fleckvieh”. We travelled to Austria, the Netherlands and Northern Ireland to see the Dairy Fleckvieh as a pure breed, and also to see how they were performing in cross-breeding / commercial herds. We were very impressed, firstly with the number of pure herds in Austria averaging in excess of 10,000 litres, and also with the excellent health and functional traits seen in the high yielding cross bred herds in Northern Ireland and the Netherlands.

The Celtic Pedigree herd now comprises Dairy Fleckvieh, Holstein Friesian and Fleckvieh/Friesian cross milking cows and young stock. Fleckvieh are now being crossed on the entire Holstein herd, with a view to improving cow strength and health traits, and significantly improving male calf and cull cow income.

Celtic Herd