Traditional Dexter Cattle

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Here at Megaluno Ranch we strive to find only the best examples of our chosen breed as our foundation stock.  After much research we determined that the traditional Dexter was the best breed of cattle for us, possessing all the qualities we desired.

After some more research we discovered that some of the best traditional Dexters come from Wakarusa Ridge Ranch. We are blessed to have purchased our foundation animals from them. All of our cattle possess the A2/A2 milk gene and are non-carriers of Chondrodysplasia and Pulmonary Hypoplasia with Anasarca (PHA).

All of our cattle are registered with the American Dexter Cattle Association (ADCA).

Read below to find out more about the breed and why we raise Traditional Dexter Cattle here at Megaluno Ranch.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”252″ img_size=”600″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_outline”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_tta_tabs style=”outline” color=”chino” active_section=”1″][vc_tta_section title=”About Dexters” tab_id=”1441874218694-385c7ca7-4943b159-b398″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”History” google_fonts=”font_family:Raleway%3A100%2C200%2C300%2Cregular%2C500%2C600%2C700%2C800%2C900|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]

“The Dexter originated in southern Ireland during the early 1800s. It was developed from the Kerry, an Irish dairy breed, through selection for smaller size and improved beef qualities. The breed name came from a “Mr. Dexter,” who promoted the cattle during the mid‑1800s. The Dexter became popular with smallholders in Ireland and in England, who appreciated its efficiency in producing both milk and beef on limited acreage.”*

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”321″ img_size=”350×305″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_outline”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”226″ img_size=”600×600″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_outline”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Appearance” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:right” google_fonts=”font_family:Raleway%3A100%2C200%2C300%2Cregular%2C500%2C600%2C700%2C800%2C900|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]

“Dexter cattle are solid and compact in appearance. Most Dexters are black, though red and dun are also found. The cattle are horned, and their black‑tipped white horns arc upward. Two body conformations are found within the breed: cattle with normal bodies and very short legs, and cattle, which are proportionately small in every dimension. Because the short‑legged type occasionally produces nonviable offspring, it has fallen out of favor, while the proportionate type has become more popular..”*

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Why Dexters” tab_id=”1441874218832-398800e3-835eb159-b398″][vc_custom_heading text=”Why Choose Dexters?” google_fonts=”font_family:Raleway%3A100%2C200%2C300%2Cregular%2C500%2C600%2C700%2C800%2C900|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]WHY CHOOSE DEXTERS? Traditional Dexters are a small low maintenance easy keeping breed of cattle that are perfect for any homestead. They are a tri-purpose breed being great milkers, meat producers and beasts of burden.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_icon icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-check” color=”green”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”5/6″][vc_custom_heading text=”Easy Keepers” google_fonts=”font_family:Raleway%3A100%2C200%2C300%2Cregular%2C500%2C600%2C700%2C800%2C900|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Dexter Cattle thrive on less than perfect pasture and love to browse. They will eat plants most other breeds leave behind. Their small size also means they consume less food which makes them easier keepers in the winter and less demanding on smaller pastures.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_icon icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-check” color=”green”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”5/6″][vc_custom_heading text=”More Per Acre” google_fonts=”font_family:Raleway%3A100%2C200%2C300%2Cregular%2C500%2C600%2C700%2C800%2C900|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Dexter Cattle are considered as half of an agricultural unit, thus you can keep twice as many Dexters per acre as you can with standard sized cows.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_icon icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-check” color=”green”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”5/6″][vc_custom_heading text=”Easy Calving” google_fonts=”font_family:Raleway%3A100%2C200%2C300%2Cregular%2C500%2C600%2C700%2C800%2C900|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Dexter Cattle typically produce calves with a lower birth weight and cows calve easily on their own.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_icon icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-check” color=”green”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”5/6″][vc_custom_heading text=”Easier to Handle” google_fonts=”font_family:Raleway%3A100%2C200%2C300%2Cregular%2C500%2C600%2C700%2C800%2C900|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Because Dexters Cattle are smaller (<1000 lb.) they are easier to handle and less intimidating than the average sized cattle whose weight, according to FAO, is 1660 lb.**[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_icon icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-check” color=”green”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”5/6″][vc_custom_heading text=”Provides the Perfect Amount of Milk” google_fonts=”font_family:Raleway%3A100%2C200%2C300%2Cregular%2C500%2C600%2C700%2C800%2C900|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Dexter cows produce up to 9 liters of milk a day, which is far more manageable for a family than the average 5 to 7 gallons of milk produces by other milking breeds.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_icon icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-check” color=”green”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”5/6″][vc_custom_heading text=”Provides the Perfect Amount of Meat” google_fonts=”font_family:Raleway%3A100%2C200%2C300%2Cregular%2C500%2C600%2C700%2C800%2C900|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Dexter steers produce sought after and flavorful meat. Because of their smaller size they produce a more manageable amount of meat for a family.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tabs][vc_column_text]* Content by The Livestock Conservancy, sourced on the 31st of January, 2017

** Content found on Wikipedia on January, 31st, 2017.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]