On our farm we raise registered Irish Dexters. They are a smaller breed of cattle. But are not considered to be a miniature cow. In order to be a mini, you need to have an original breed. Irish Dexters are originally from Ireland.  

Irish Dexters are horned or polled, with some people preferring to dehorn them. Dexters come in Black, Red or Dun. A milk cow can yeild more milk for its weight than any other breed. The daily yield averages 1 to 3 gallons per day with a butterfat content of 4 to 5 percent. It is possible to have yields of cream up to one quart per gallon. The cream can be skimmed for butter or ice cream. How about putting it into your coffee?

 The first recorded knowledge of Dexters in America is when more than two hundred Dexters were imported to the US between 1905 and 1915.

The native home of the Dexter is in the southern part of Ireland where they were bred by small land holders and wandered the mountainous region in a mostly unmanaged state.

In recent years there has been a worldwide renewed interest in Dexter cattle. Irish Dexters do well in hot as well as cold climates and have no problem being outdoors year round, needing only a windbreak, shelter and fresh water. Fertility is high and calves are born in the field without problems. 

They are dual purpose or triple purpose, being raised for both milk and meat and sometimes oxen. Dexters are a wonderful old-fashioned family cow. Pound for pound, Dexters cost less to get to the table, economically turning forage into rich milk and quality lean meat.

We are so glad we made the decision to get this small breed of cattle. Our kids do a lot of the chores and feeding around here. How nice is it for them to be able to work with an easy to manage breed of cattle? Don't get me wrong, kids need to still be watchful and keep in mind that they are dealing with cattle. They could still get their toes stepped on and you don't want to be in their path if the cows are pushing each other around!

Herd Sire
GB Roscoe
ADCA#: 037331
Timberview Anna 
ADCA#: 022107
ADCA#: 032027
APF Gala
ADCA #: 039298
APF Honeycrisp
ADCA #: 039299
APF Zestar
ADCA #: 042919
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MLW Cameo
ADCA#: 017617

May 13, 2020

Back in 2012, we considered adding some cows to our little homestead. We really thought we wanted mini jerseys. I wanted milk, Farm Guy wanted meat. After doing some research and really considering what we wanted, we decided to go with the wonderful little breed called...

March 25, 2018

This might be one very boring post to anybody who doesn't have a milk cow, or to someone who has no desire to ever milk a cow. If you fit into these two catagories, feel free to not read this post! But if you are trying to learn everything you can about how to mil...

February 27, 2018

Yesterday we came home from church and saw our cow, Honeycrisp about to have a calf. We jumped out of the van, ran into the house, threw on our barn clothes and ran out to the corral. First baby dexter of the year! Spring has come early to Apple Prairie Farm!

This was H...

February 21, 2018

I have made only one type of cheese. Why only one, you ask? The reason is that this recipe is so easy! I would love to learn how to branch out and try making some hard cheeses, but that would mean I would have to wait for the cheese to age! Which means, I will be that...

February 20, 2018

This last summer we tried a fun new way to make corner posts. I don't think it took any longer than the corner posts that you dig three holes 4 feet down. I am a little tired of seeing our hard work of fence posts push up out of the ground when the frost heaves the pos...

February 18, 2018

This is Honey Crisp, registration number is 039299. She is one beautiful cow. She has nice hooves and a nice top line. She has a gentle personality but is a little shy. She will let you pet her in small doses.

Honeycrisp's mother is CCR SNIC Ruby. Ruby and Honeycrisp ar...

February 18, 2018

We bought our first milk cow in 2013 and have been thrilled to own such an amazing breed of cattle known as Irish Dexter's. We had known that we wanted a few cows for a while and when our lives didn't seem quite so busy with raising little kids, we started researching...

February 15, 2018

When we have extra raw milk in our fridge, we make yogurt. It's not hard to do. This is how I make it.

Small Batch Yogurt 

4 cups whole, raw milk

3 Tablespoons live yogurt

Large Batch Yogurt

8 cups whole, raw milk

6 Tablespoons live yogurt

Put your milk in a stainless steel p...

February 15, 2018

Improving our pastures are important to us. We bought an old hay field that seems to need some tender loving care. We are hoping that over time we will be able improve our land with running cattle, chickens and pigs, Oh My! 

Keep in mind we don't run a lot of cows, we a...

February 14, 2018

When I was contemplating getting a milk cow I wasn't sure how we could still go on vacations or even a simple weekend get away. You hear how dairy farmers can never get away from milking, I certainly did not want to have to stay home all the time. What is a wannabe dai...

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In case, you are looking for some new chore duds, I have chosen chore clothing for you, that we wear ourselves. Farm guy and I have worn Muck Boots for almost a decade and we know that we would not want to do our chores without them! I wear the Arctic Muck boots for going out on cold morning's to milk the cow. My feet have never felt the cold, no matter how long I am outside. Farmguy wears the Arctic Yukon Coat from Carhartt. He wears it everyday when it is cold outside and he gets many years of use out of the same coat! I wear the Carhartt Women's Watch Hat, everyday; winter, spring and fall.  I want you to be able to stay warm, dry and comfortable when you are doing your chores! 

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