Herd Archive

Here are the breeding animals that are no longer here at Songwood Haven.  Click on picture or name for their full page.

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Irish Dexter Cattle

A dual-purpose animal is bred to serve two functions: milk and beef. The Dexter is to be compactly built, shorter in length than that of a true dairy breed but thicker in the thighs, hips, loin, and shoulders. Its disposition should be easy to handle and docile as its main purpose is to be a family cow. It should not be overly large and tall, or excessively small. more...

Jersey/Dexter Cross (Belfair)

Belfair is not a registered breed.  It's a rare, but popular, cross of Miniature Jersey and Dexter cattle.  They make very nice family milk cows, as they maintain the "dairy cow look" and excellent milk production of the jersey, without the metabolic health issues at calving.  They may be registered with the American Miniature Jersey Association as percentage animals in the upbreeding program. more...

American Miniature Jersey

Miniature Jerseys,as well as all Jerseys, are descendants of the original Jerseys imported from the Isle of Jersey and Britain many years ago.  The breed has been carefully maintained in it's original form on the Isle of Jersey, and stands about 44"-48" tall.  Somewhere along the line, some breeders (off the Isle) bred down in size and some bred up in size.  In the US now, to differentiate them from the upsized modern-day Jerseys, these smaller cattle have been renamed the American Miniature Jersey.  They maintain the Jersey conformation, color and good milk production, but in a significantly smaller package.

Foundation Miniature Jerseys are classified as being under 42" in height.  Animals between 42" and 46" in height are classified as Mid-size Jerseys. more...