Bridie is registered with the American Dexter Cow Association (ADCA) as “Old Orchard Bridie.” Registration with the ADCA helps to identify and properly record Dexter cattle in the United States.
Zoo Director Gregg Dancho said, “Our newly renovated Farmyard continues to grow with animals that are integral to life on a traditional New England farm. Native to Ireland, Dexter cows are a hardy, multi-purpose breed founded in the mid-1800s. We’re pleased to welcome Bridie and Moo Moo Rose to the Zoo.”
The New England Farmyard reopened after renovations on July 10, with significant upgrades to the area, including newly built barns, pastures, and enclosures for goats, cows, miniature horses, Guinea hogs, chickens, geese, and ducks.The Farmyard showcases heritage breed animals, domestic species that are in danger of disappearing from the landscape. Heritage breeds were originally bred for small family farms but are no longer commonly found. Rare farm animals represent an irreplaceable piece of earth’s biodiversity, just like their wild cousins, and offer variety that may be needed in the future: robust health, mothering instincts, foraging, and the ability to thrive in a changing climate.
About Dexter Cattle
Dexter cattle are the smallest breed of North American cattle, making them ideal for small family farms. Originally brought to the U.S. in 1912 from Ireland, they are considered rare today, with 5,000 members of the species worldwide. Most Dexters are black, although red and dun colored Dexters can be found. Dexters are hardy, forage-efficient cattle with excellent maternal qualities. They produce milk high in solids, making it ideal for butter and cheese production.
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