The Alvecote Herd

Red, Dexter Cattle in Wales

Dexter Cow and Calf

Stock sometimes available upon request

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. The herd comprises mainly non short leg Dexter cattle but I do try to retain a small number of the short leg for historical reasons. Any horned cattle are disbudded for ease of management.

All offspring produced from my considered breeding programme are handled from birth and receive every care and attention possible in order to help them fulfil their potential. I take great care when rehoming my cattle and try to ensure that your prospective purchase matches your requirements as closely as possible - whether that be a house cow, something to fatten or breeding stock. If I feel that I have something suitable I will make arrangements for you to visit the herd at a time convenient to you. Photographs and pedigree certificates together with individual prices are available on request.

Being a member of a cattle health scheme provides reassurance that I am doing all that I can to protect my herd and so in turn offer you the assurance that you are not buying in trouble. If you are establishing a new herd and wish to continue with health assurance you will able to achieve 'elite' health status following one satisfactory test after a three month period, saving you time and money as it normally takes 3 years to achieve this health status. For further information please follow the link (CHeCS) at the bottom of the page.

Due to the risk of disease transmission/health scheme regulations, I do not offer bulls for hire or take visiting cows however I do have AI straws available to purchase stored at Genus.

High Welfare Standards

My philosophy has always been to provide the very best for my cattle right from the start in terms of good nutrition, management and health care. All my animals recognise their own name and are treated with the compassion and respect they deserve. I specialise in producing red, dual purpose Dexter cattle.

Elite Health Status

My herd is accredited free of BVD, IBR, Leptospirosis and Johne's Disease (Risk Level 1). When making what will hopefully be a long-term investment choosing health accredited stock is an important and cost effective consideration because there is no government compensation scheme for identifying and removing infected animals. I also subscribe to the bTB scheme and officially accredited as a 'low risk' (Level 10) holding for Bovine TB.

Ongoing Support

If you are new to the breed or indeed are new to keeping cattle, it is comforting to know that my commitment does not end when the sale is concluded. All my cattle come with a comprehensive information pack. I also provide telephone support for as long as you feel you need it and can arrange delivery of your purchase.


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