Farm Ireland

Wednesday 21 February 2018

WATCH: Adorable first few moments of miniature cow with new born calf

Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

This video captures a miniature Dexter cow, which is a native breed to Ireland, help her new born calf.

This cow, Ella, was about the size of a Jack Russell dog, when she was born and this year Henry Judge's daughter Aisling captured the amazing first moments of Ella's fifth calf on video.

The Judge's herd of 30 are pure bred registered Dexters and their parentage goes back to the 1800s. Dexters were originally bred to help combat the spread of TB, by a William Dexter in Co. Tipperary.

Dexter set out to breed a cow that could live on a 'cottage acre', because if he could breed a cow small enough, every family would have its own milk and the spread of TB would be reduced in Ireland.

Sligo farmer Henry Judge has been breeding Dexter cattle since 1996 when he imported five in-calf heifers to Ireland from the UK.

The breed was virtually extinct and today, thanks to breeders like Henry and his wife Margaret, there are waiting lists in Ireland for the Dexter heifer calves. There are over 100 people in Ireland in the society breeding Dexter.

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