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Dexter Miniature Cattle

Order:

Artiodactyla

Family:

Bovidae

Group:

Herd

Male:

Bull

Female:

Heifer

Young:

Calf

Lifespan:

Average of 20 years

Gestation:

Estimated at 283 days

Distribution:

Origins in Ireland, now Worldwide

Habitat:

Farmland, rough terrain

Diet:

Grass and vegetation

Conservation Status:

Near Threatened

 

Facts

 The Dexter Cow is a rarer breed of domestic cattle, originating in south-west Ireland, before being introduced to the UK in approximately 1882. The are considerably smaller than other cattle, with mature bulls weighing in at around 450kg, and heifers weighing between 270kg and 320kg on average. They generally come in three different colours- black, dun and red.

 They are a very versatile breed, being bred for both meat and milk, and are also used as draft animals in some areas due to their hardiness. They are also very protective of their calves, with the mothers often hiding them from view once they are born if there is any cover available!

 

 

 

Did you know?

 The milk produced by the Dexter is very rich, and the quality is often compared to that of the Jersey Cow. It has a four percent butterfat quantity, and they can produce between one and a half to two and a half gallons every day!