We chose Dexters for their versatility and hardiness. They produce both delicious A2/A2 milk and amazing grass-fed beef. They calve easily in the pasture and thrive on a grass-fed and grass-finished diet.
From The Livestock Conservancy:
Dexter cattle are among the smallest of cattle breeds in the world, standing 40" tall and weighing 700–900 pounds. Though size is the breed’s most distinguishing characteristic, the Dexter is a useful and productive, multi‑purpose animal.
The Dexter originated in southern Ireland during the early 1800s. It was developed from the Kerry, an Irish dairy breed, through selection for smaller size and improved beef qualities. The breed name came from a “Mr. Dexter,” who promoted the cattle during the mid‑1800s. The Dexter became popular with smallholders in Ireland and in England, who appreciated its efficiency in producing both milk and beef on limited acreage. Dexters were imported to North America beginning in 1910.