Thanks for the replies. Julia, where are you located? Im in the panhandle of Texas. I've been seriously looking at doing pastured pigs for the last 9 months. However, we are in a serious drought. We've had a total of 2.2 inches of rain since last September. Because of this I am shying away from the idea of raising pastured pigs. Number one because all pigs root, some breeds worse than others. Our native grasses are very fragile. When we have little rainfall they go dormant. I'm afraid the pigs will eventually destroy the grass by rooting. Secondly, pigs seem to have more expensive nutritional requirements than say a breed of cattle like the Dexter. My ultimate goal is to manage the grass on our place to grow some kind of livestock in a mutually beneficial situation. I never thought about putting cattle on our place because the stocking rate for the typical cattle breeds where I live is one cow/calf unit per 15 acres. In a drought year that per acre number would go up considerably. Then I found some info on Dexter cattle and it looks like it may be a good fit for our climate, grass and the acreage we have available. Right now I have about 50 acres of grass available. The whole farm is 286 acres, but about 100 acres is in the CRP program and another 130 is irrigated crop land currently in cotton. We are seriously thinking about converting the crop land back to pasture since each year the available irrigation water from the Ogallala aquifer is getting less and less. Again Dexters appear to be a good fit for our situation. I'm aware the dexters don't fit the commercial cattle market mold. My ultimate goal is to sell grass fed beef, so I'm not looking to market my animals through the usual commercial cattle outlets. Speaking of beef, what does Dexter beef look like? Is it well marbled? Again, I would like to see and try some cuts of Dexter beef but don't know of any breeders in the Texas panhandle. Does anyone know of any breeders in my area? I would like to go look at some Dexters. Thanks for all your help.