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Dexter Cows

Animal Essentials

Scientific Name:
Bos Taurus
Park Location:
Muddy Duck Farm
Origin:
South-western Ireland
Habitat:
Grassy fields, Farms

Amazing Facts

The Dexter cow owes its name to a Mr Dexter of County Tipperary, who created the breed from the best black mountain cattle in the area.
They were first introduced into England in 1882 and first shown at the Royal Show at Norwich in 1886.
They can produce 8-12 litres of milk per day.

Originating in the south west of Ireland, these are the smallest British cattle breed, standing at approximately one metre tall at the shoulder, but are also quite stocky with adults usually weighing 45-55 stones.

They are usually solid black although some red and dun varieties are also found. They have small, thick horns which curve forwards on the male and upwards on the female.

Originating in the south west of Ireland, these are the smallest British cattle breed, standing at approximately one metre tall at the shoulder, but are also quite stocky with adults usually weighing 45-55 stones. They are usually solid black although some red and dun varieties are also found. They have small, thick horns which curve forwards on the male and upwards on the female.

Dexters are extremely hardy and their ability to adapt to different environments and climatic conditions have enabled them to become established in many countries around the world. They tend to live long lives and are very maternal, producing up to 14 calves in a lifetime. They mature young and can bred from at 15-18 months old.

Similar to Kerry cattle, they are a dual purpose breed, producing good quality milk and flavoursome beef with minimal waste.

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