Welcome to the Gentry Homestead, a place where sustainable living and love for the environment go hand in hand. Our family farm is committed to preserving the land for future generations while providing wholesome food for our family. One of the ways we achieve this is by raising Dexter cattle, a breed known for its exceptional beef quality and suitability for small-scale farming. Join us as we explore the history of Dexter cattle, their usage on a homestead as a beef cow, and the benefits of grass-fed beef.
The Dexter breed, named after a Mr. Dexter who first imported the cattle to England in the early 1800s, originated in Ireland. These small yet hardy cattle have a storied history, and their ability to adapt to various climates and environments has made them a popular choice for homesteaders across the globe. Dexter cattle have earned a reputation for being docile, easy to handle, and highly efficient grazers, making them an ideal choice for sustainable farming practices.
At Gentry Homestead, our Dexter cattle serve a dual purpose: providing a sustainable source of beef for our family and contributing to the preservation of our land. We maintain a small herd, consisting of two heifers, which we breed using artificial insemination to produce calves. These calves are then raised on our homestead, ensuring that our beef is born and raised in the most natural and loving environment possible.
Grass-fed beef has gained increasing popularity in recent years due to its myriad health benefits and environmental sustainability. Our Dexter cattle are raised on a diet of lush grasses, which not only contributes to the unparalleled flavor and tenderness of the meat but also provides a more nutrient-dense product. Grass-fed beef is known to be higher in Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E, and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) - all of which contribute to overall health and wellness.
By raising our cattle on a grass-fed diet, we also promote the health of our land. Grazing cattle help to maintain and improve the quality of our pastures by stimulating grass growth and recycling nutrients back into the soil. This sustainable approach to farming supports the biodiversity of our land and ensures that we are leaving a positive impact on the environment.
At Gentry Homestead, our focus on sustainability and self-sufficiency guides every decision we make. Raising Dexter cattle allows us to provide our family with the highest quality beef while simultaneously caring for the land we love. Although we do not sell our beef, we are proud to share our experiences and knowledge with other homesteaders and farmers who share our passion for sustainable living. We believe that by working together and learning from one another, we can create a brighter future for generations to come.