The Dexter breed originated in Ireland. The smallest native breed of cattle in the British Isles, they are hardy, dual-purpose cattle, producing excellent beef and milk, an ideal suckler cow for conservation grazing. We support owners and breeders, offering advice and a range of services.
The Breed History
The Dexter breed are descended from the mountain cattle of Ireland and the Kerry and Dexter Cattle Society was founded in 1892. The first Herdbook was the Royal Dublin Society’s Volume I of 1890 and the first one published by the English Kerry & Dexter Cattle Society was Volume I in 1900.
There are two recognised types – short-legged and non short, they can be black, red or dun coated and be horned or naturally polled.
The cattle are a compact, thrifty and hardy breed and being dual purpose they produce excellent beef and milk. Ideal for suckler cow production, conservation grazing and dairy purposes. Learn more here.
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Breeding and Assessment
Lean more about the Breeding and Assessment of Dexter Cattle.