Dexter Cattle For Sale

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Dexter cattle are a smaller breed typically raised for beef, but they are also becoming more popular as family milk cows. Due to their smaller size and generally docile temperament, they are ideal for first time farmers, for those with small acreages, and/or for folks wanting a dual purpose milk/meat breed.

highland bullDelilah will do tongue yoga for alfalfa cubes!

Yielding a smaller carcass, Dexter beef is lean and flavourful, and won't require a huge investment in freezer space.

As family milk cows, their milk is quite rich with a lovely cream, and the amount is much more manageable for smaller families who don't need 3 gallons or more per milking that a larger milk breed such as a Jersey or Holstein will give.

Our Dexter cattle are friendly and will happily eat out of our hands. We interact with them daily and they respond well when we ask them to back up, move along, etc.

They are also accustomed to coming into the barn stall in turn each morning, for milking and/or supplemental feeding.

Delilah will even try to impress you with tongue yoga in exchange for alfalfa cubes!

We've decided to reduce our numbers of both Dexters and Highlands so that we can actually enjoy our "retirement" on the farm.

Please note: Our herd is NOT registered and we do not have any registered Dexter cattle for sale.

Dexter Cattle For Sale

Lucy (bred cow)

Lucy is a bred 7 year old cow due to calve May 14, 2019. A purebred Dexter, she calves easily and is always an excellent mother. She also has lots of experience as a milk cow and produces plenty of milk even with a calf-sharing situation. Lucy stands patiently for milking either by hand or machine. She has good feet, a friendly disposition, and is hornless. Lucy willingly takes treats from our hands and enjoys being brushed.

Lucy is an excellent mother and an experienced milk cow
Price: $1,500

Please contact us with any questions or to make an appointment to view.

Delilah & Ciarán (cow-calf pair)  SOLD

Delilah is a 2 year old first calf heifer with her steer calf Ciarán at foot. Both are purebred Dexters but unregistered.

Although she calved quite young, Delilah has been a very good mother to Ciarán. With a good supplemental feeding program she has kept good condition and had plenty of milk for her calf, who has grown very well.

Delilah is quite food motivated and loves to eat alfalfa cubes from our hands (that's her doing tongue yoga above!). 

Though she no longer requires regular grain and alfalfa supplements, we always fed her in a head gate so she could easily be trained to milk if desired.

We have been working with Ciarán to build his confidence around people, and he now comes into the barn every morning for a small pan of treats and a good scratching session, which he is enjoying more and more each day.

With continued handling, Ciarán would make a fine 4H project, and/or future beef steer. He has been dehorned, and Delilah is naturally polled.

At this time he is being sold only with his mother Delilah, as he is too young yet to be weaned.

Delilah has a lot going for her, as she is young with many breeding years ahead, and she has already proven herself as a mother. She and Ciarán would make an excellent addition to the small/hobby farm looking for a brood cow and/or family milk cow, as well as some beef for the freezer now and then.

Delilah's DOB: March 25, 2016
Ciarán's DOB: October 5, 2017

Price: $2,000 for the pair.

Please contact us with any questions or to make an appointment to view.

Here are a few more photos of Delilah and Ciarán...

If you would like to view any of our Dexter cattle, or if you have questions about any of our livestock, please contact Susan to discuss.

We are located in Cedar, 15 minutes south of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, BC.