Belfair Cattle

Many mini milkers~ The ideal family dairy cow~ GREAT things come in small packages!

 DEXTER CATTLE

American Dexter Cattle Association 

  •  thrive in hot as well as cold climates and  do well outdoors year round, needing only a windbreak, shelter and fresh water.
  •  high fertility rates and calves are dropped in the field without difficulty
  •  dual purpose, being raised for both milk and meat.  
  • A milking Dexter can produce more milk for its weight than any other breed.  The daily yield averages 1 to 3 gallons per  day with a butterfat content of 4 to 5 percent.  
  •   Beef  animals mature in 18 to 24 months and result in small cuts of high quality lean  meat, graded choice, with little waste.  The expectable average dress out  is 50 to 60 percent and the beef is slightly darker red than that of other  breeds.

 MINIATURE JERSEY
CATTLE

Foundation pure Miniature Jerseys are not a new breed, nor a bred down replica of the Jersey cattle we see today. They are descendants of the original Jerseys imported from the Jersey islands and Britain many years ago with the same size and conformation of the original Jersey breed.

 These little cows really don’t know that they are little and thus they are big producers for their size.

     Besides the milk that they produce they  also produce a calf. A bull calf will either be a breeding bull or a steer to fatten for the freezer. A heifer calf will go on to become another one of these little magical cows that will be worth her weight in gold.

BELFAIR CATTLE

Belfair cattle are a cross between Registered Dexter cattle and registered  Miniature Jersey cattle.

They tend to carry the best of each breed into the new calf.  They are beefy enough to raise a bull calf for meat without the yellow tallow often found in a typical Jersey bull/steer when butchered.  Their smaller size also makes them the perfect home dairy cow that produces a more manageable amount of milk with a decent amount of cream per gallon.
We personally had a Jersey at one point, full size, and although we loved her dearly, we got 3-4 gallons of milk per day.   Now, we have a family of 10, and initially we did okay to keep it used up, but eventually we found ourselves swimming in milk and if I didn't have time to make cheese each day or every other day, we had more milk than we could use.  If you have pigs and goat kids and other animals that can benefit from that much milk, thats great, but if you don't, you'll find that a Belfair has a much more reasonable amount of milk for the average family.
They also carry a more modest price compared to a full blood miniature Jersey.
We hope to offer Belfair calves in the next year or so.