This photo is from Silver Maple Dexters
These cows are an ancient Irish breed, and the smallest cow aside from miniatures recently “created” from cows carrying dwarfism genes. They are still hefty critters, with cows averaging 750lbs. But they stand about 42″ and are easier on pasture. They can be milked or used for meat or draft, but we’re hoping to find a female that we can have artificially inseminated to a mini-Jersey bull. The mini-Jerseys are really lovely, but very expensive and rare. No one is selling their female calves, but AI is a cheaper alternative and the mixed breed babies are in almost as much demand as the purebreds.
In any case, now that we’re hooked on fresh raw cows milk, having our own source would be nice.