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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.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Dexter Bulls Weigh In

A Texas Dexter breeder's web site caught my eye and piqued my interest in this weighty topic when I recently read on their site:

Bulls should be 38-44" at the shoulder; not more than 1200 lb.

Perhaps everything's bigger in Texas but Dexter breed standards in America generally list something like the following:

Bulls at three years old and over should not exceed 1000 lbs. live weight.

Interestingly, W. R. Thrower's book "The Dexter Cow" originally published in 1954 states:

Bulls should not exceed 900 lb. live weight.

This coincides with what was stated about Dexters in "Breeds of Livestock in America" published in 1931:

Mature bulls should not weigh over 900 lbs.

Another interesting point is that Kerry bulls in the same book are listed as about 1,250 lbs.

Here's a link for a comparison of weights in a few other beef breeds:

Typical modern beef cattle - part 1

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