Our Dexter Cattle

Dexter cow Lucky on Devine Gardens pasture

Our Dexter cows are extremely important to us and the farm. They provide food for the worms, soil and people. They also give us pleasure by just watching them. They are beautiful.

Our Dexters are strategically grazed through the growing season, in winter they roam freely in our barn with access to pasture on nice days. 95% of their diet is pasture and hay, supplemented with grain and minerals. They live healthy cow lives and that helps them to be healthy.

Our cows spend their time with fellow cows in a herd. They have fresh air, fresh water, green pastures, freedom of movement and access to shelter. They feel the sun and the rain on their backs. After a good rain they smell like newly cut hay. Some are friendly and like back rubs and some don't. They are cows.

Heritage breed Dexter cattle, originally from Ireland, are one of smallest breeds weighing between 700 – 1000 as adults. They have a nice, docile disposition, are solid, compact, good grazers, cold hardy, have excellent maternal qualities, and are triple purpose being meat, dairy and oxen. Their meat is lean, tender, well marbled, has exceptional flavor and delicious. More information about Dexter cattle from the American Dexter Cattle Association.

If you care about where your food comes from and how it was raised, give us a call to visit our farm and purchase some beef.

Lucky the Dexter cow inside the barn at Devine Gardens
2 Dexter calves in spring at Devine Gardens
Devine Gardens Dexter cattle eating at hay feeder in winter with snow
Devine Gardens Dexter cattle foraging weeds
7 Devine Gardens Dexter calves all in a row on pasture
Devine Gardens Dexter calf Phoebe giving Tina kisses


Clover the cow eating while her calf suckles at Devine Gardens