How much does a Dexter cow cost?
Because Dexters are more difficult to find (and probably because small-scale farmers are willing to pay for them.) A Dexter cow can be much more expensive to purchase than a conventional breed. It’s that whole supply & demand thing. You can easily expect to pay about $1500-$2000 for a Dexter cow.
How many acres do you need per Dexter cow?
Care and requirements Dexters don’t require a lot of living space. One to two acres will suffice, and since they’re lighter, they won’t beat up the pasture as bad. That’s important, because you don’t want their main food source trampled down.
Can Dexter cattle be profitable?
The breed is early maturing. Beef of excellent quality and flavour, with good marbling, can be produced economically.
Are Dexter cattle easy to keep?
Dexter cattle are easy to keep as they live on grass or hay when grass is scarce. When the pasture is rich, however, you will have to reduce the time your Dexters graze as they could put on more weight than you would like. If they do become fat they will produce less milk and could also have trouble calving.
How long does a Dexter cow live?
Calving problems are rare and newly born calves are up on their feet very quickly with calves weighing 25-35 pounds at birth. Heifers mature young and can be put to the bull at 15 – 18 months of age. Dexters are noted for their longevity and can live up to 25 years and should breed regularly for 14 years or more.
How much hay do Dexter cattle eat?
Easy and economical to keep, a Dexter consumes about half of what an Angus or Hereford would under the same conditions. A half acre of good green grass per animal, or 12 to 15 pounds of hay and a little grain each day is enough in temperate climates. The cattle are ideal for grazing on older or overgrown pastures.
Are mini cattle a good investment?
These smaller cattle are 25% more efficient than larger beef cattle breeds in terms of feed conversion, and therefore eat much less. Miniature cattle can also be a great investment and at the same time be helpmates with the grass and brush. They are also much less intimidating and easier to handle.
How much meat do you get from a Dexter steer?
“When a steer weighs 800 pounds, we get about 260-300 pounds of meat back (after being processed).” The milk is high in butterfat and protein, similar to Jersey milk.
How big are Dexter cattle in New Zealand?
Our cows have mainly been about the 100cm mark (39″). All of our cattle are registered with the Dexter Cattle Society of New Zealand and are sire and dam verified. Dexter bulls are increasingly used on dairy farms to give easy birthing calves to heifers.
How to join Dexter Cattle Society New Zealand?
If you are having difficulty logging in, please refer to the latest email newsletter for the correct codes. The section at the bottom entitled ‘Members Area’ of website has everything you need.
Where do red Dexter Devon cattle come from?
I have always been a fan of Red Devon cattle from North Devon in south-west England, as they are a medium-sized beef breed which are docile and produce the most superb marbled beef from poor forage. They are adaptable and hardy and great for farming in tough climates.
What kind of meat does a Dexter cattle have?
Dexter cattle have an excellent reputation when it comes to milk, meat quality and disposition. The compact breed is a productive animal, with the meat being high quality, lean and tender. Those who taste it always come back for more!