A breed that can be multi-purpose and gentle for all is a cattle option for both large operations and the backyard farmer. The Irish Dexter provides that for breeders and is why their calm temperaments and easy handling draw all different people.
The Irish Dexter Show held in the Stock Yards Arena is a perfect example of the attention this breed draws. As people flock to the stands to admire the cute, curly faces, they also learn the truly diverse nature of the Irish Dexter. Ranging from young calves to mature cows and cow-calf pairs, the animals that walked in the ring still did not reach the height of other mainstream breeds. This does not discount their ability to both be useful for meat and milk production.
The breeders and those showing the Irish Dexters, are truly passionate about these cattle. Their enthusiasm is why this show is so fun to watch. The photos below say it all when it comes to the curly-haired faces of this small, but multi-faceted breed.