Zoo Zone

February 27, 2002

Cute Cattle

Native to Ireland, Dexter cattle arrived in the United States by 1898. Popular on family farms, Dexter cattle are among the smallest cattle breeds in the world. Because of the world's need for large quantities of milk and beef, the small Dexter cattle have long been overlooked as a food source. Now they are endangered.

what's for DINNER?

Dexter cattle eat grass.

do you KNOW?

What are female Dexter cattle called?

Answer: Female cattle, called cows, give milk. Males are called bulls.

learn MORE!

Visit the Dexter cattle at The Baltimore Zoo.

Read "Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type" by Doreen Cronin.

Wild Facts

1. Dexter cattle are related to the Kerry, an Irish breed of cattle used for milk.

2. Dexters come in three solid colors: black, red and dun (brown).

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