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Origin of the Dexter

A Widely accepted belief regarding the origin of Dexter cattle is that they are a mutation of the Kerry breed. When this mutation occured is unrecorded, and the general obscurity surrounding the origin of the breed leaves scope for rival theories. These encompass the romantic idea of the breed evolving from the old Kerry cattle and Spanish bulls put ashore on the south west of Ireland from storm buffeted ships, and Prof. Wilson’s more mundane theory that the breed simply resulted from the crossing of Kerry and Devon cattle.    (“The Origin of the DexterKerry Breed of Cattle”, The Scientific Proceedings of the Royal Dublin Society – 1908)

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