of Dexter cattle to America is thought to have occurred long ago,
but the first recorded imports arrived between 1905 and 1915 and
numbered over two hundred head. A complete history of early herds,
their owners and the transfer of cattle between owners is well documented
in the ADCA Herd Book.
the Dexter was an ideal homestead cow, providing meat, milk and
power and found a good deal of popularity in that arena, as milk
and meat production became specialized, the Dexter numbers decreased.
At one time there were thought to be less than 5,000 in the world,
but today, with renewed interest in small holdings, the numbers
have risen to approximately 15,000 head worldwide. There are some
6,000 in North America at this time. The ADCA has nearly 650 members
and registered 852 cattle in 2000.
Dexter Cattle Association