Dexter cattle are one of the smallest breeds of cattle in the world. Dexters are generally mild mannered, easy to handle, and a very good dual purpose cow yielding rich milk and quality cuts of meat.

Dexter cattle are one of the smallest breeds of cattle in the world. Dexters are generally mild mannered, easy to handle, and a very good dual purpose cow yielding rich milk and quality cuts of meat.

If you're low on space but high on raising cattle, Dexters are the way to go.

If you're low on space but high on raising cattle, Dexters are the way to go.

They're the perfect size for the family homestead. One Dexter cow will give about 1 to 2 gallons of milk a day. If you raise a Dexter for beef, you'll need room in the freezer for about 400 pounds of meat, rather than 600 to 800 pounds you'd get from a typical full-size steer. Owning a Dexter is like owning a piece of history and doing your part to help preserve genetic diversity. They are one of the world's smallest true breeds of cattle, not a miniature developed from a larger breed.

They're the perfect size for the family homestead. One Dexter cow will give about 1 to 2 gallons of milk a day. If you raise a Dexter for beef, you'll need room in the freezer for about 400 pounds of meat, rather than 600 to 800 pounds you'd get from a typical full-size steer. Owning a Dexter is like owning a piece of history and doing your part to help preserve genetic diversity. They are one of the world's smallest true breeds of cattle, not a miniature developed from a larger breed.

Irish native Dexter cows are best raised as a family cow instead of part of a large herd, and breeders should also be aware of “dwarf factor” genetics.

Dexter Cattle: Heritage Livestock Breeds

Irish native Dexter cows are best raised as a family cow instead of part of a large herd, and breeders should also be aware of “dwarf factor” genetics.

Great visual of tall & short Dexter cattle. Good printable for milking class.

Great visual of tall & short Dexter cattle. Good printable for milking class.

The Perfect Family Cow? The Pros & Cons of Raising Dexter Cows (from someone who used to own them but doesn't anymore)

The Perfect Family Cow? Pros & Cons of Dexter Cattle

The Perfect Family Cow? The Pros & Cons of Raising Dexter Cows (from someone who used to own them but doesn't anymore)

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