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rnrnDexter cattle are from the southern part of Ireland wherernthey were bred by small ranches and roamed, almost wild, among the localrnmountains.

rnrnIt is believed that Dexter cattle were developed as a cross betweenrnKerry cattle and some other breed, perhaps Devon Cattle. It is also believedrnthat a "Mr. Dexter," who was agent to Lord Hawarden, is responsible forrndeveloping the Dexter breed.

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

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

rnrnDexter milking cows can produce more milk for its weightrnthan any other breed. The daily yield averages 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 gallons withrnbutterfat content of 4 to 5 percent. Sometimes they up to one quart cream perrngallon. The cream can be skimmed for butter or ice cream.

rnrnDexter Beef Cattle mature in 18 months and result in smallrncuts of high-quality lean meat, graded choice, with little waste. Thernexpectable average dress out is 50 to 60 percent and the beef is slightlyrndarker red than that of other breeds.

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

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