Breeding Dexter Cattle

When breeding dexter cattle it is important to ensure you do not breed two animals who carry either of the following genes:

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Breed Standards

Colour: Wholly black, red and dun are of equal merit. Type: Both types of Dexter, ie short legged and non-short legged, are of equal merit, however extremes of either type will be discouraged.

Head: Short, broad head tapering gracefully towards a broad muzzle. Jaw should be wide enough to accommodate well placed teeth with an even bite. Eyes bright and prominent with a kind and placid expression.

Neck: Deep and thick, but not too short, blending well into the shoulders. Head should be carried above the spine.

Horns: Should be moderately thick, with an inward, upward curve. Removal of horns will not be penalised in the show ring. Polled animals are acceptable but must be notified.

Body: Breast prominent, chest giving ample room for heart and lungs, well sprung ribs, wide across the loins, quarters thick and deep, broad full hips, well rounded rump. Straight, level topline, with tail set level with spine. Straight, level underline. Good width between both front and back legs. Feedtshould be short toed, deep heeled and level soled. They should not turn either outwards or inwards. (The length of the back from shoulder to tail set should be the same or greater than the height of the animal at the shoulder.)

Cows: Udder should be well attached with high and wide rear attachment and carried well forward. The four teats should be of medium size and well spaced on the udder, hanging plumb and of equal length. All four quarters should be of equal size.

Bulls: Well hung testicles of even size. Four well defined teats evenly spaced.

Skin: Loose and pliable. Hair short and sleek in summer, longer and thicker in winter.

Size Cows: The preferred height is between 97cms (38 inches) and 107cms (42 inches) at the rump.

Size Bulls: The preferred height is between 102cm (40 inches) and 112cms (44 inches) at the rump.

Short Legged and non-Short Legged are of equal merit, however extremes of either type will be discouraged.


Appendices to Schedule A, page 1 2005


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