Dexter Cows
Home | Press Info | Join Email List | Advertise | About Us | Contact Us | Sign InLivestock Of the World
Livestock
Breeds Of
Livestock Home
Alpacas
Alpacas
Bison
Bison
Cattle
Cattle
Chickens
Chickens
Dogs
Dogs
Donkeys
Donkey
Emus
Emus
Goats
Goats
Horses
Horses
Llamas
Llamas
Pigs
Pigs
Rabbits
Rabbits
Emus
Sheep
Turkeys
Turkeys
Yaks
Yaks
Yaks For Sale
Learn About
Cattle
Cattle
   About Cattle
Cattle for Sale At:
   Livestock Of America
   Livestock Of Canada




Sponsors


Ranch Website

About Dexter CattleAbout Dexter Cattle



Dexter cattle are from the southern part of Ireland where they were bred by small ranches and roamed, almost wild, among the local mountains.

It is believed that Dexter cattle were developed as a cross between Kerry cattle and some other breed, perhaps Devon Cattle. It is also believed that a "Mr. Dexter," who was agent to Lord Hawarden, is responsible for developing the Dexter breed.

There are two varieties of Dexter Cattle, short legged and long legged, also referred to as Kerry type. Both types are about equal up for Milk and beef production. The same dam and sire may produce a short legged calf in one mating and a long legged calf the next.

Most Dexters are solid black. Red or dun colored are less common. Horns on cows are fine and curved forward. Bulls' horns are thick, solid, and slightly curved at the tips. Their distinctive heads are short and wide between the eyes, with straight sides.

Dexter milking cows can produce more milk for its weight than any other breed. The daily yield averages 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 gallons with butterfat content of 4 to 5 percent. Sometimes they up to one quart cream per gallon. The cream can be skimmed for butter or ice cream.

Dexter Beef Cattle mature in 18 months and result in small cuts of high-quality lean meat, graded choice, with little waste. The expectable average dress out is 50 to 60 percent and the beef is slightly darker red than that of other breeds.

In recent years there has been a worldwide surge of interest in Dexter cattle. They are gentle, hardy and easy-to-handle animals and one of the world's smallest bovines. They require less pasture and feed than other breeds. They thrive in hot as well as cold climates and do well outdoors year round, needing only a windbreak, shelter and fresh water. Fertility is high and calves are dropped in the field without difficulty. They are dual purpose, being raised for both milk and meat.

Dexter Cattle Associations


American Dexter Cattle Association American Dexter Cattle Association - www.dextercattle.org


Cattle for Sale

View Cattle for Sale At

www.livestockofamerica.com/Cattle/


www.livestockofCanada.com/Cattle/
Livestock Of The World