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Dexter cattle are the smallest recognized breed of cattle and typically are about 2/3 the size of standard English breeds such as Angus and Hereford.  Bulls generally weigh about 1000 to 1200 lbs at the age of 3 years and cows generally weight about 700 to 800 lbs of similar age.  Dexters are an Irish breed of cattle that were originally imported to the United States between 1905 and 1915.  Black is the most common color for Dexters but they also exist in the colors dun and red.  The traditional Dexter is horned but polled animals are also raised. Dexters are ideal choices for the small landowner since they do not require as much forage as larger breeds and consequently make a smaller impact on the land.  By nature they are gentle and can be ideal cattle for those wanting to raise grass-fed beef or have a supply of milk.

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