Alvecote Dexter Cattle


The Alvecote herd of pedigree Dexter cattle was named after the tiny Warwickshire village where it was founded two decades ago with the purchase of two heifers and is now, well established here in Ceredigion, Mid Wales. I chose the Dexter for a number of reasons: because they were small and fairly easy to care for, consumed less food than larger commercial cattle and only required a modest acreage. As a dual-purpose breed the Dexter produced a realistic amount of naturally sweet creamy milk and great tasting beef, the perfect size for the family freezer.

My cows remain more than just a number, they may look alike but each individual has their own personality and respond to their own name. I truly believe that you only get out what you are prepared to put in; providing good nutrition, management and health care is a priority for me. I take a special interest in producing red, dual purpose Dexter cattle and take great care in selecting a suitable bull for each of my cows and use a combination of artificial insemination and natural service. Those herd members designated for AI are put on a synchronisation programme so all calve within a few days of each other making management very easy. The herd now comprises of homebred mainly non-short leg Dexter cattle, as I feel the non-short is more practical for milking and beef production.

My cattle are the only Dexter herd in Wales registered with a cattle health scheme provider accredited free of BVD, IBR, Leptospirosis and Johne's Disease (Risk Level 1). Whilst Bovine TB remains a problem in large parts of the UK in order to protect my herd from infection I have chosen to subscribe to the bTB scheme and officially accredited as a 'low risk' holding for Bovine TB. My herd has been closed since 2011 and I no longer attend shows or sales.
Dexter Cow and Calf
Dexter Bull
Dexter Yearling Bulls
Dexter Steer
Dexter Heifer Class at the RWAS
Alvecote Matilda
Dexter Calves
Dexter Cow


Whilst I welcome visitors (by prior arrangement) please bear in mind that 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.