Reminder: Dues are due by Oct 1 each year
The ODCA would like to
thank all of the members who have already paid their 2017-18 dues!
The ODCA would like for you to consider just what your dues
- A Heifer Program to help get more kids involved in raising
our wonderfull breed. We do not stop there as we also mentor these deserving youth that are awarded the chance to start
their own herd and be guided to raise and show Dexter Cattle which helps promote the breed for all of us.
- ODCA organizes, promotes and finances via prize money with the help of the ADCA the Dexter Show at Oklahoma Youth
Expo and the Dexter Show at the Tulsa State Fair every year. Our members also volunteer their time and money to help
the youth all year.
- The ODCA helps with the Annual General Meeting and other Dexter Association
by sponsorship and member donation of time and energy to help these groups further the Dexter breed to help all Dexter Breeders.
- The ODCA maintains this website to help our member list their Dexters free of charge for
sale, keep us informed and educate others about our wonderful breed.
A farm membership covers all the household members who live at the farm, including kids. Each
farm membership receives one vote in the association.
are just $25.00
So if you have not paid your dues please
send that check and if you are not yet a member we ask you to join us by sending your check and
the info on the membership page to
10323 S. 161st W.
Sapulpa, OK 74066
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.
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.
No other 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.