Dexters at OYE
March 9, 10, 11
Show March 11, 2018 1:00 PM
for more info
see OYE page
ODCA Spring Meeting April 2018
will be held in Chandler Oklahoma
at the Senior Citizen Bldg
see uncoming events tab
Dexter owners are a fast growing group but we are still pretty far
spread. This site is meant to keep us connected, help us sell or find animals and keep us moving in the right direction, promoting
our breed and supporting youth in agriculture.
About Dexter Cattle
The native home
of the Dexter is in the southern part of Ireland where they were bred by small land holders and roamed about the shelter less
mountainous districts in an almost wild state of nature. The first recorded knowledge of Dexters in America is when more than
two hundred Dexters were imported to the US between 1905 and 1915. In recent years there has been a worldwide surge of interest
in Dexter cattle. They thrive in hot as well as cold climates and do well outdoors year round, needing only a windbreak, shelter
and fresh water. Fertility is high and calves are dropped in the field without difficulty. They are dual purpose, being raised
for both milk and meat. Dexters are also the perfect old-fashioned family cow. Pound for pound, Dexters cost less to get to
the table, economically turning forage into rich milk and quality, lean meat.
to the guidelines, the ideal three year old Dexter bull measures 38 to 44 inches at the shoulder and weighs less than 1000
pounds. The ideal three year old Dexter cow measures between 36 to 42 inches at the shoulder, and weighs less than 750 pounds.
There are two varieties of Dexters, short legged and long legged. Milk and beef production and other characteristics are generally
the same for both types.
Dexters come in Black, Red or Dun. Dexters are horned or polled, with
some people preferring to dehorn them. A milking cow can produce more milk for its weight than any other breed. The daily
yield averages 1 to 3 gallons per day with a butterfat content of 4 to 5 percent. Yields of cream up to one quart per gallon
are possible. The cream can be skimmed for butter or ice cream.
Beef animals mature in 18 to 24
months and result in small cuts of high quality lean meat, graded choice, with little waste. The expectable average dress
out is 50 to 60 percent and the beef is slightly darker red than that of other breeds.
bovine can satisfy such a diverse market.
All animals in the ADCA registry were entered in accordance with the
regulations, procedures, and information that existed at the time of entry. Info from ADCA website
Dexter cattle are the
smallest of the European cattle breeds, being about half the size of a traditional Hereford and about one third the size of
a Friesian milking cow. They were considered a rare breed of cattle, until recently, but are now considered a recovering breed
by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. The Dexter breed originated in Ireland.