Dexter Cow

Dexter cows are a small but robust breed of cattle originating from Ireland, where they were developed in the early 19th century. They are among the smallest of the European cattle breeds, with cows typically standing around 36-42 inches (90-107 cm) at the shoulder and weighing between 600-700 pounds (272-318 kg), while bulls are slightly larger, standing about 38-44 inches (96-112 cm) tall and weighing 800-1,000 pounds (363-454 kg). Dexter cows come in three main colors: black, red, and dun (a light brown or tan color). They have a friendly and gentle disposition, making them easy to handle. Dexters are dual-purpose cattle, valued for both their high-quality milk and meat production. They are well-suited to

small farms and homesteads due to their manageable size and versatility.

Fun Fact about Dexter Cows

A fascinating fact about Dexter cows is their remarkable efficiency in grazing and feed conversion. Despite their small size, Dexter cows are known for their ability to thrive on less pasture and lower-quality forage compared to larger cattle breeds. They are excellent foragers, able to make good use of rough terrain and marginal lands that might not be suitable for other breeds. This efficient grazing ability not only makes them a sustainable choice for small-scale farming but also reduces the environmental impact of raising cattle. Additionally, their milk is rich and creamy, with a high butterfat content, making it ideal for producing butter, cheese, and other dairy products. This combination of efficient grazing and high-quality milk production makes Dexter cows a valuable and eco-friendly option for farmers and homesteaders.

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