Dexters originated in
southern Ireland, where they were bred by small landholders and roamed about the shelterless, mountainous districts in an
almost wild state. They were introduced to the U.S. when more than 200 Dexters were imported to this country between 1905
In recent years, there has been a worldwide surge of interest in Dexter cattle and that is no surprise. These
remarkable cattle thrive in hot as well as cold climates and do well outdoors year round, needing only a windbreak, shelter
and fresh water. Their fertility is high, and calves typically are dropped in the field without difficulty. Their docile temperament
and small size contribute to a more manageable cow making them an excellent choice for cattle enthusiasts of all ages. They
are triple purpose, useful for beef, dairy and oxen. Dexters are also the perfect old fashioned family cow. Pound for pound,
they costless to get to the table.The are efficient foragers, which makes sense with the average farm acreage becoming smaller.You
can keep two Dexters per acre! That means you can economically turn forage into rich milk and
quality, lean meat.
According to breed standards the ideal 3 year old Dexter bull measures 38 to 44 inches
at the shoulder and weighs
less than 1,000 pounds. The ideal Dexter cow measures
between 38 and 42 inches at the shoulder and weighs less than
Dexters are born horned or polled (without horns), with some people preferring to dehorn
the horned varieties.
A Dexter cow can produce more milk for its weight than any other breed. The daily
averages 1 to 3 gallons per day with a butterfat content of 4 to 5 percent.
Beef animals mature
in 18 to 24 months and result in small cuts of high
quality, lean meat, graded choice, with little waste.
There is a wide range of reasons to have miniature cattle. For the most part, people want something unique
and sometimes colorful to look at. Many people enjoy caring for animalsbut want something besides a horse that doesn't
get ridden or a dog no one plays with. Most people who enjoy these animals want "the smaller the better". Most
of these animals are under 36 inches. Miniature zebu are the smallest breed as well as their crosses
Home-grown beef.....With a national move toward healthy and drug and chemically free food, miniature cattle have
found a place. Beef type animals such as Dexter, Lowline Angus and Hereford offer big options in a smaller package.
These breeds and thier crosses provide natural beef that can be rasied at home without all the huge equipment of feed expenses.
Mature animals are half the size of standard breeds but can fill a freezer just right for a small and growing family.
Mini-Milkers.....Again,natural is the best. As people get tired of city
life, they look to way to make their family better. Natural milk provides great nutrition for the whole family as
well as other animals on the farm. Natural milk provides nutrients that are killed during the process of getting it
to the store. Miniature jerseys and dexter cattle are great breeds to provide what a growing family needs.
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