Dexter Cattle, Great for Homesteaders
Dexters are a fairly rare breed that is coming into popularity here in the United States. They originate out of Ireland. Where small landowners loved their size and their dual, sometimes triple, uses.
Dexters can be black, dun or red. Most come with a beautiful set of horns. They are very adept at using these horns safely.
The height of the Dexter bull is between 38 and 44 inches. The Dexter cow is between 36-42 inches. Because of their smaller size, some people mistakenly call them miniature. This is wrong. The Dexter Cattle Breed is a true breed. Dexters are, by nature, a smaller breed of cattle.
Dexters can be used for meat, milk and oxen. Because of their size, a whole Dexter beef fits nicely into a freezer. No need to find someone else to take half. The Dexters have plenty of milk to raise a calf and meet a family's needs.
The Dexter breed is gaining popularity in the homesteading populace. There are many reasons for this. The Dexters eat less than regular cattle. You can raise two Dexters to every one of another breed. They are easy on fences and pastures. They are easy birthers and great mothers.
Most Dexters are very docile. They like people and can be halter trained fairly easy. This wonderful attitude makes them perfect for milking and becoming part of a homestead family. Yes, some people buy Dexters solely as pets.
Most Dexters are registered. This helps in the sale of breeding stock. It also gives a record of bloodlines and how many calves registered cows and bulls may have. There are two registries right now. One is the American Dexter Cattle Association (ADCA). The other is the Purebred Dexter Cattle Association (PDCA). Both are great sources of information.
Dexters are long-lived and it is quite common for a Dexter cow to have a calf at 18 and 19 years old. Dexters on the whole are very hearty and not prone to diseases. They seem to adapt well. They can be found in almost every state of the union.
Dexters are gaining in numbers here in the United States. Their very dark, lean and slightly marbled meat is one of the reasons. It has a lot of Omega 3 and CLA in it. And it comes in smaller cuts.
Dexter cattle can be found for sale on the Internet, and at sites such as the ADCA and PDCA. There's a Dexter that will fit anyones taste!