The Kerry Cow is rarer than the Giant panda and we think that qualifies them for the weird cow feature!
Ever seen a Kerry cow? Well there’s fewer of them in the world than giant panda’s yep that’s a pretty mind-blowing fact about this week’s Weird cow Breed.
Kerry Cows hail as you might expect from Kerry but they are actually amongst some of the oldest cow breeds in the world. Their appearance in Ireland dates back to 2000BC and are probably descended from the ancient Celtic Shorthorn.
A number of herds exist outside Ireland most particularly in the US and UK. The overseas breeders work with Irish breeders to ensure the gene pool remains pure and clean.
The Kerry cows are black in colour but some have a white udder. They are a rather small animal, not dexter small but not hereford big either!
Interestingly the Dexter is a relation to the Kerry cow.
Kerry cows are horned cattle though polled animals have been known to be born.
The Kerry cow isn’t very heavy with bulls reaching 450kg and cows at 400kg.
The Kerry cow is very adapted to wet weather and bad ground and can thrive in these conditions making them suited to Ireland and other poor weather condition countries.
As a dual purpose animal their milk is highly prized and cows can produce a large volume of milk. The cattle are rare so grants exist in Ireland to ensure that they can continue to survive here and be bred for future generations to enjoy.
When you are looking at a Kerry cow you are looking at thousands of years of history. That’s a pretty cool fact!