Dexter cattle

At the Cincinnati Zoo

Originally from Ireland, the Dexter cattle (Bos taurus taurus dexter) is a small farm cow raised for both milk and beef. Once rare, Dexter cows are becoming more popular on family farms.


  • Where to see them: Domesticated from Ireland
  • Height: 3 to 3.5 ft
  • Weight: 750 to 1,000 lbs
  • Lifespan: 15 to 20 yrs
  • Diet: Grass
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