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A small hardy breed of cattle originating in the South West of Ireland, and thought to have been developed by the Celts.
It's thought they are named after a Mr. Dexter, who was the agent to a Lord Howarden, who lived in Tipperary during the mid 18th century. They were first 'shown' in England at the Royal Show in Norwich in 1886.
Dexters are generally reared for their beef, as they have an excellent meat to bone ratio. Their size producing small joints, while their meat has good marbling and an excellent flavour.
For more information from The Dexter Cattle Society see www.dextercattle.co.uk (http://www.dextercattle.co.uk)