Dexter are a native breed originally from the South West of Ireland and thought to be descended from Celtish black cattle. Dexters first arrived in Oxfordshire, England in 1882.
Happily now, off the Rare Breed at Risk register for about 30 years these small hardy beasts are dual purpose, raised for milking and beef.
Taking really well to a grass fed diet (often used for conservation grazing) Dexter’s are medium to slow growing with sweet well marbled flesh. Often quite dark Dexter beef comes to the plate with a great real beef flavour.
They are a popular small holding animal with herds now scattered throughout the US. Easy calving, great protective mothers and high milk output combined with the benefit of a great yield and bone to flesh ratio (to the rest of you this means more beef, less waste) - a sustainable cow from birth to plate.
We offer USDA inspected Dexter Beef by-the-cut at the Blacksburg Farmer's Market from April through October. Additionally we have a waiting list for 1/2 or whole beef purchases. Please contact us for more information.