- Interesting…Dexter cattle are a versatile breed capable of living in the hot of Florida or the cold of Alaska.
Dexter cattle originated in southern Ireland in the 1800s. They were brought to the United States in the beginning of the 20th century. Dexter are one of the smallest breeds of cattle, standing 36-44 inches at the shoulder. Most are black, but they can be brown or red. Male cattle are called bulls, females are cows, and babies are calves. Newborn calves weigh about 45 pounds and grow to be 800-1000 pounds. Cows produce 1-2 gallons of milk per day. Their diet includes grass, hay, and grain. They are lively and strong animals well suited for small-farm life.