Originating in the North West of Ireland, the Irish Moil is one of Irelands oldest and rarest breeds of Cattle.
History refers many times to the “red, white backed cattle” and pollied (they don’t grow horns) remains have been found dating back to 640AD. The only other similar cattle in the world are in Finland and Norway, where the Vikings, when raiding the West of Ireland, liked the moils so much, they brought some back home with them.
The word MOIL comes from the old Irish word “Maol”, which means round headed or bald as are pollied. Being of medium size (an adult is approx. 600kg) and docile nature, the Irish Moil is a hardy breed, a great forager and easily maintained, making them suitable to the smaller farms, rough terrain and weather conditions in the West of Ireland. Moil cattle forage on a wide range of shrubs and plants, adding to the distinctive taste of their meat. This also makes them a much more sustainable breed of cattle.