Monday, August 18, 2008

Dexter Cow Article

Mini-Cows at Home in British Backyards

United Press International, August 17, 2008

LONDON, Aug 17, 2008 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Hundreds of families across
Britain have begun raising miniature cattle in their backyards in
light of rising food prices, farmers say.

Sue Farrant, whose family has purchased four Dexter miniature cattle
for their home in the county of Kent, says the animals offer a way
for households to save money on food in the long run, The Sunday
Times of London said.

"With high food prices, they are actually quite an attractive option
if you like producing your own food," Farrant said. "Both my husband
and I have full-time jobs so we're keeping them on the side as an

Farrant says the small cows also are renowned for the quality of
their meat and says the bovines are essentially care-free as long as
they have grass on which to graze, the Times reported.

"As long as you've got plenty of grass, they will be fine," she told
the newspaper. "You don't really have to feed them."

The cattle species was initially bred in Ireland during the 1800s and
has been credited with being able to supply an entire household with
milk for a year.


Copyright 2008 by United Press International


amothersheartinwords said...

I want one! Thanks for posting this article - I'd never heard of them before and hubby and I would like to get a cow for milk.

Mind if I add your blog to my bloglist?

Mine is


Janelle said...

Please do add me. Dexters are really nice and good with kids, there was a walstreet journal also did a piece on Dexters that included a video.

There are many NC Dexter breeders, and several yahoo groups. I look forward to reading about your Dexter adventures :)