Brave Herders is a collective of independent, family farms, brought together by a love of native irish livestock breeds & a drive to offer a non-factory farmed alternative to consumers.
The name attempts to bring together ideas & values about our farm and our history. “Herders” evokes a people who are less process driven & more focused on the intrinsic value of the animal, which reflects our family. “Brave” was for the decision taken in setting up something new, when in 2017 we bought Dexters having been traditionally a dairy farm.
That history in Dairy farming informs our business strategy. Irish Dairy Cooperatives have helped generations of dairy farms thrive through the cooperative, family owned model. Having benefited from this for 50 years, we set up Brave Herders to be a cooperative model for local, family owned Dexter farmers.
We continue to grow and add more Herders, who match our values and ethics, to our collective. The journey continues.