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An Irish breed of cattle, that was popular until the 1960's, but which is now seriously threatened with extinction. The name 'moiled' comes from the Irish word 'moal' meaning 'little round' - describing the top of the head where horns would normally br ( the breed is hornless) - it's similar to the English word 'polled'.
The breed is a hardy dual-prpose type, descended from the polled cattle of north-west Ireland the breed society set the standard for preferred colouring as red or roan with a white dorsal line, tail and underline. Black hairs on the coat aren't acceptable. The colour of the head should be lighter than that of the body. Cows have a white udder.there were recently as few as 230 breeding females so preservation is of top priority. The Irish Moiled Cattle Society, Neadon Farm, Bridford, Exeter, EX6 7JE; Tel: 01647-252538 is very active having a web site on www.irishmoiledcattlesociety.com See 'Rare Breeds Survival Trust'
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