Dexters are the smallest of the full sized European breeds of cattle. They are not a miniature breed. They are considered a dual purpose breed producing both milk and meat although the Dexter can be also used as oxen. Pound for pound, Dexters cost less to get to the table, economically turning forage into rich milk and quality, lean meat. They can give from 1 to 3 gallons of milk a day with a butterfat content of 4 to 5 percent. Up to 1 quart of cream is possible. They produce more milk for its weight than any other breed making them the perfect homestead cow!
According to the guidelines, the ideal three year old Dexter bull measures 38 to 44 inches at the shoulder and weighs less than 1000 pounds. The ideal three year old Dexter cow measures between 36 to 42 inches at the shoulder, and weighs less than 750 pounds. They are about one third the size of a typical holstein.
We are trying to build a herd of Dexters and will not have any breeding animals available for sale in the near future although we will occasionally have butcher animals for sale.
Our plan is to use our Dexters to help build the soils on our farm using a managed grazing program. Because Dexters are smaller, we can use smaller paddocks therefore stretching our limited pasture to lengthen our grasses resting period.