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Castlescreen Farm, 32a Castlescreen Road, Downpatrick, County Down, BT30 8BA
Castlescreen Farm


Beautifully set within lush green pastures Castlescreen Farm is home to a herd of 150 miniature native Irish breed Dexter cows, some measuring as small as 36 inches in height. With breath-taking panoramic views, this organic farm is owned by husband-and-wife team Damien, Jackie, and their four children who are renowned locally for their easy-going, laughter-filled way of life.

Classified as an endangered species in the 1970's the Dexter miniature breed was once prevalent in Ireland when it was commonly known as the poor man's cow. On the Tumelty's family farm, Dexter cows graze happily outdoors on naturally nutritious organic grass abundant in white clover yielding the highest quality, award-winning beef that Castlescreen Farm is famous for.

A visit to Castlescreen Farm is sure to get stuck inside the visitor's head and heart. Damien and Jackie are an incredible duet who radiate pride for their family and farm. Balancing pure fun with fascinating insights (like how to become a champion prize-winning cow handler), this is your chance to get up close and personal with this beautiful and docile native Irish animal. Plus, you do not want to miss meeting Agnes who has become Queen of the Dexter tribe and a celebrity in her own right! Highlights include:

• Tumelty Family | a busy, laughter-filled Irish family | deep connection with the land and the dexter cow
• Dexter Breed | a rare breed | known as the poor man's cow | indigenous and native to Ireland
• Castlescreen Celebrities | Meet the Dexters - Agnes and the gang | sheep, pigs, goats, donkeys, and pony
• Showring Superstar | groom, halter and show a dexter cow | become a champion cow handler
• Irish Hospitality | a warm Irish welcome awaits you as Damien and Jackie invite you onto their family farm
• The BEST Food | award-winning grassfed Dexter beef |Irish Bannock, Granny Tumelty's recipe
• Farm Shop & Butchery | visit the on-site farm shop | selling the best of local Irish produce
• Sustainability | sustainable farming practices | regenerative farming | PFLA certified
• Location | 10 minutes from historic Downpatrick | 40 minutes from Belfast
• Rest Assured | create unforgettable memories while staying safe

Meet third generation farmers Damien and Jackie Tumelty who radiate pride for their family and organic farm that is home to a herd of 150 miniature native Irish breed Dexter cows once known as the poor man's cow (classified as an endangered species). Surrounded by lush grassland, enjoy tea with a home-made bannock (scone) before meeting Agnes- Queen of the Dexter tribe- and her compatriots grazing outdoors on nutritious white clover. Through Damien, learn how to become a champion cow handler before grooming a Dexter for the showring yourself. Depart with a head full of memories and a belly full of laughter, with rosettes for the winners!



  • All areas accessible to disabled visitors

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Adult£55.00 per ticket
Child£36.60 per ticket

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Season (1 Mar 2022 - 1 Nov 2022)
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00

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