The Droimeann cattle breed is now recognised as a Native Rare Irish breed
The Droimeann is a critically endangered breed of Irish cow.
Ireland's Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has announced that he has officially approved the Droimeann cattle breed as a Native rare Irish breed.
The rare type of cow can be recognised by a unique white streak along its backbone and a white diamond between its hind legs.
It has become less and less common across the country over the years.
The Minister said that he recognised the efforts of a dedicated core of breeders and that the Droimeann is a key part of the rich and unique history of Irish cattle breeds.
"There are many factors such as cultural, historic, and genetic diversity that make the Droimeann a breed with a rich history unique to Ireland," said Creed.
"They have an adaptability that has allowed them to thrive in Irish production conditions.
"There are historical references to the Droimeann breed for many years, and thanks to a lot of work by many people and the advent of modern Genoptyping techniques, we have finally been able to prove their uniqueness as a breed".
Creed also said wished the Droimeann Cattle Society every success in their endeavours in the preservation and promotion of the breed.
You can find out more about the Droimeann Cattle Society here.