In the middle of this week, I spent a few days with some friends up close to the NSW-Queensland border, in the small hamlet of Jiggi which is about 20kms SW of Lismore. The farm next door runs a small herd (35 beasts) of Dexter cattle. It was a breed I knew nothing about, but learnt quickly.
Dexters are a small breed, originally bred in the UK. They are good for small holdings; you can stock more, and they create less damage around waterholes. They are farmed for milk and for meat, and are people friendly. They come in three colours: brown, black, and dun. They come horned or naturally polled.
What I liked about them was that Bill let the top gate open on the odd occasion, and the Dexters cropped his fields for him, leaving behind oodles of fertiliser. A quick whizz around with the tractor/trailer, another whizz through the mulcher, and all this is perfect for the veggie garden!
Why bother with a Kelpie or a Border Collie to keep your herd in check when you can rely on the good old Cattle Egret.