You would be forgiven for not knowing of too many herds of Dexter cattle in Ireland. After all, at just over 1,000 cows, they account for a little over 0.1% of the national suckler herd. However, for Sligo farmer Oliver Davey, this small breed is making a big impression.

Oliver farms with his wife Eleanor along the N17, just a couple of miles north of the town of Tubbercurry. It is safe to say that Oliver’s pathway into farming was quite a unique one. His work as a trained toolmaker saw him spend two years in South Africa in the 1970s before getting a job with European Airbus, which took him to Friesland, Germany, where he ended up living for over a decade.