PDCA - One Blog

Welcome to the first Dexter cattle blog to disseminate information for members of the Purebred Dexter Cattle Association of North America (PDCA) and for those with a curiosity about Irish Dexter cattle, cattle in general, as well as news from the PDCA. Expressions of opinion are to not be regarded as expressing the official opinion of the PDCA unless expressly stated. Hopefully you will find something here of interest and don't overlook browsing through the archives. Comments are welcomed.

Friday, November 19, 2004

The Dexter Cattle Breed

Our Dexter cattle are of an ancient Irish breed. It is a little cow, which is only about a meter high at the shoulders and which in build and height resembles the cattle kept by Iron Age and Viking Age peasants for up to 2000 years ago. It has survived in remote regions of Ireland where its ability to make do with very little and its good nature have been highly valued. It is a robust animal not requiring much winter feed and at the same time producing a lot of milk. These small cows were the "poor man's cow" and the bones of this small breed are often found as offerings in the Viking graves in Denmark.

Domestic Animals at the Lejre Experimental Centre

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