Irish Dexter Cattle

Dexter Cattle are considered a heritage breed and were first bred in the southern part of Ireland. They were imported to America in the early 1900s. They do well in all climates, needing only a shelter, grass/hay, and fresh water. They are dual purpose, raised for both milk and beef.

Dexters come in black, red or dun. They are horned or polled. The daily yield of milk is 1-3 gallons per day with butterfat content of 4-5%. Beef animals mature in 18-24 months and dress out at 50-60% of body weight, The meat is high quality and lean with little waste.

Cedar Shade Farm Dexters are registered in the American Dexter Cattle Association and the Legacy Dexter Cattle Registry. They are genotyped to ensure they are 100% Dexter. Our herd also carries the A2 beta casein protein, a protein found in milk. Milk containing A2 beta casein is considered to have health benefits according to a study by Keith Woodford, a New Zealand professor of Farm Mangement and Agribusiness.

We have animals that are carriers of the chondrodysplysia gene and some that are non-carriers. All of our herd is PHA free and are horned.

We sell cattle as live animals or they can be purchased as processed beef. Please click here for availability.