Kerry Cattle are thought to be directly descended from the first dairy cows. The type has survived in Ireland. Many people are unaware that the early Celtic diet was primarily based on milk, butter and cheese; beef was rarely eaten. The hardy little cows were once common but were forced to rough environments when dispaced by improved, imported cattle.
Kerry cows weigh from 700 to 900 pounds, sometimes a bit heavier. They are good mothers and provide enough milk to raise a fat calf and provide for the home.
Bulls and steers grow larger and are kind natured.
The breed was nearly lost
and is still in imminent danger. because of the severe threat of extinction HoineSite Farm considers every heifer a precious resource. New stewards need to commit to breeding their animals for offspring that will build and enhance not only the numbers but the quality of Kerry Cows.