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The Alvecote Herd

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Dexter Cattle

About the Herd

Dexter cattle are the smallest of our native breeds and are classified as a dual-purpose animal meaning that they produce meat and milk albeit in limited quantities when compared to specialised beef or dairy breeds like the Angus and Jersey.

The Alvecote herd of pedigree Dexter cattle was named after the tiny Warwickshire village where it was founded in the year 2000 with the purchase of two heifers and is now, well established here in Ceredigion, Mid Wales.

Since numbers are strictly limited here, I am able to treat my cows as individuals which makes day to management very easy. My Dexters have a great life with me (some folk would say pampered) but they also have a job of work to do; some produce milk for the home dairy, others not required for breeding provide delicious Dexter beef both for my table and for sale.

It always gives me great satisfaction when an animal I have bred goes on to do well for their new owners, so were very pleased to learn that the first of my bulls to be examined under the Dexter Cattle Society's new linear scoring scheme was classified as 'excellent'. If you are looking to buy Dexter cattle please follow the 'Dexter Cattle' link at the top of the page to find out more.

In the early days, my cattle attended a number of shows with some success but as I became increasingly concerned of possible disease transmission I took the decision to close the herd and join a cattle health scheme. I still remain passionately committed however, to producing stock of the highest quality and are always willing to help and advise those who are new to the breed. For further information on keeping Dexter cattle please check out the 'Info' link at the top of the page.

Here to Help

If you are considering keeping Dexter cattle and would like to know more about the breed I will be very happy to answer any questions you might have.

If you are visiting in person please telephone me beforehand to arrange a mutually convenient time. Due to health scheme membership I am obliged to follow strict bio-security procedures so if you have recently been in contact with other livestock a change of clothing and footware would be greatly appreciated.

Additional precautions i.e foot dip/vehicle disinfection mats are in place for use prior to entering the premises. I thank you in advance for your cooperation.

How to Find Me

I am situated just outside the village of Penuwch, approximately six miles from Tregaron and ten miles inland from the coastal village of Aberaeron. Please ask for directions.

Overnight accommodation can be arranged for long distance/overseas visitors on request.

Public Speaking

Informative presentations delivered on the subject of Dexter Cattle.

With over forty years practical experience of smallholding, past engagements include smallholder groups and the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society.

Smallholder and Garden Festival

Contact Details

Jacqui Parkes
Phone 01974 821522
Mobile 07980 642734
Email alvecoteherd at btinternet dot com