Dexter cattle are a breed that originated in Ireland by small land holders. Around 200 of these animals were brought to America around 1910 and in recent years they have become more popular in America. The breed was derived from Kerry cows and it is believed that an Irish man by the name of Mr. Dexter was the person who developed the breed trying to obtain the best mountain cattle in Ireland. They are a small breed with the cows weighing around 700lb and bulls being around 1,000lb. They are excellent cattle for dual purpose of either raising beef or raised for milk production. A single milking cow can produce more milk for its weight than any other breed of cattle and its milk is one of the best when used for creams and butter. Dexters also produce high quality lean meat.
The Dexter Cattle raised at La Mariposa Farm are grazing cattle and never fed any GMO corn. The health and wellness of the cows as well as their diet is especially important since they are raised as beef cattle. The small size of the cattle makes them easy to keep and provide the right amount of beef to be able to feed the family.
The original herd was bought from San Antonio, Texas and Guadalupe Monastery in Silver City, New Mexico.