THE BEECH HAY HERD OF DEXTER CATTLE
The Dexter breed is the smallest British breed of cattle.
It is a dual purpose breed with the average weight of a cow being 300 – 350kgs and standing at 92cm – 107cm at the shoulder.
There are two recognised groups:- short-legged and non-short, both of which have their equal merits.
Dexters cows are extremely maternal and because they are dual-purpose and so they produce plenty of milk.
Calving difficulties are rare and calves are up and sucking quickly. They are a very hardy breed and are well-known for their longevity and should breed regularly for 14 years or more.
They are early maturing and steers are ready for the butcher at 24 months without supplementary feeding with an average carcase of 145kgs – 220kgs. The beef is excellent quality and flavouring with good marbling