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Post by GB on 10th August 2011, 9:57 pm

Have found a rather good deal on a Dexter cow and am wondering if I should take it. I remember the one from River Cottage but she seemed to have more opinions than I like in livestock. Are they all like that or are they mostly sweet tempered?

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 11th August 2011, 8:49 am

Dexters are next on my wantlist, although GvR is less keen on diversifying into cattle. As I understand from people I know who have kept them they are generally quite docile as cows go. It is a lot of land to tie up admittedly - a cow needs at least an acre and if solely grassfed, more like three, and like most animals it is best not just to have one. So that would be tying up 5 acres or so, and I could do a lot of other stuff on 5 acres.

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Post by Mike on 21st August 2011, 2:23 am

Wilhelm Von Rhomboid wrote:...... a cow needs at least an acre and if solely grassfed, more like three,........

Yes, rule of thumb, one acre of (very good) land for a cow and more like three acres of land of pasture grade. But that's the rule for a normal sized cow. Dexters are much smaller than normal for cows. I'd figure around half of what you'd need for a normal small breed like a Jersey and 1/3 for a normal large breed like a Brown Swiss.

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Post by GB on 22nd August 2011, 1:00 pm

Have had to be senseable abotu the Dexters Sad Even though I could have turned them arround for a profit and kept one for myself I had to pass.



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But I am going to focus on getting my goats and then some fencing up at 4H and maybe then I can have a cow Laughing or two Wink

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