Home for the Belfair Cattle Registry

Belfair Cattle:

The Belfair is a dual purpose homestead cow. The Belfair is a composite that was originally established by Tracy Teed of Washington. The Belfair is also registered as a “Belmont” by the open Miniature Cattle Registry. The Belfair is a cross between a Jersey & an Irish Dexter. Generally speaking, the composite ratio for Belfairs is 50:50 (or close). Genetically, it does not matter whether the sire or the dam were the Dexter or the Jersey. Belfair cattle may range in size; but most are Frame Score 00 to 2 (miniature to midsize), which is preferred on most homesteads. Belfairs make wonderful homestead cattle, providing rich creamy milk. Some Belfair cows have been known to produce up to 6 gallons of milk / day, but all should provide enough milk for a family while also raising a calf. Belfairs should blend the strongest traits from each of the parent breeds. Belfairs are bred to handle cold or hot weather well, to resist mastitis, eat less than standard size dairy cows, to hold their weight during lactation, and thrive on grass and hay only.


Belfair Cattle Registry (BCR):

Division I: for Belfair cattle that carry breed composition of 50% Jersey and 50% Dexter genetics (or very close) and display typical coat colors expected from a pure Dexter crossed with a pure Jersey. Its base coat color may be black, wild red or true recessive red. If it inherits both the wild red and the brindle Agouti gene, it may be brindle. It may have paint (spotted) genetics from the Jersey. It may be diluted from the Dexter Dun gene. Modern Dexters & Jerseys may be horned or polled.

Division II for Belfair cattle that carry breed composition of 50% Jersey and 50% Dexter genetics (or very close). Division II Belfairs do not have color or marking restrictions.

Distinction between Belfair Divisions do not represent differences in quality or value; they document differences in phenotype. Other dual purpose or homestead dairy cattle, including (non-50:50) Jersey and Dexter cross cattle, qualify for the IDCR.


International Dairy Cattle Registry (IDCR):

If your animal is not 50% Jersey and 50% Dexter, use the International Dairy Cattle Registry. IDCR registers any other dairy and dual purpose breeds of cattle (or composites), that need pedigree documentation. IDCR is part of the International Livestock Registries. The Belfair Cattle Registry is a separate herd book registry, but shares its database with the IDCR in the ILR parent company.

Belfair breeders can register their "Belfair foundation" cattle, the Dexter and Jersey parents with the IDCR that they use to produce Belfair calves. Another example is, a calf produced by a 75% Dexter x 25% Jersey bull and a 75% Jersey x 25% Dexter cow, would qualify for registration in the Belfair Cattle Registry. The bull and cow, would qualify for registration in the International Dairy Cattle Registry. This documents accurate foundation pedigrees and breed composition. The prices are the same.

The parent company, International Livestock Registries (ILR), is owned by Midwest Genetics, Inc, in Missouri. ILR maintains connecting databases for all the registered breeds of beef and dairy cattle. You may submit any breed of animal for registration application to any of ILR's existing registries. ILR can register any breed you own, or in some cases you can apply to start a new registry for a unique new breed. This option is often used by preservation breeders for heritage classification or for new composite breed development (email for more info). We keep our breed databases connected so that every registered animal, whether heritage, 100% fullblood, purebred, or composite, receives a universally accepted registration certificate with its verified breed composition, and its own unique, complete, accurate pedigree.

→ Belfair Cattle Registry (for half Jersey x half Dexter cattle)
→ International Dairy Cattle Registry (for Jersey, Dexter, dairy or dual purpose cattle)
→ International Composite Beef Cattle Registry (for beef or composite breed cattle)
→ International Bos Indicus Registry (miniature Zebu composites)


Forms & Fees

WHY Register: Registration is a small investment that can increase Belfair cattle's value by identifying their milk components, traits, ancestry as well as documenting this composite breed's development from the beginning. The Belfair Cattle Registry operates in cooperation with the International Dairy Cattle Registry which is well established, accepted across the globe, and where records & pedigrees of many dairy and dual purpose breeds have been kept safe and affordable for years. For homesteads that raise more than one breed, membership in International Registries allows application in any of their registries, not just the Belfair Cattle Registry.

New Member Incentive: New IDCR members can register or transfer all their cattle, regardless of their age or breed, for the special introductory price of $10 per animal at any time during their first year of membership--just remember to mark that option when filling out the IDCR Dairy Cattle Fee Schedule & Order Form.



All Orders: First, print the Order Form & Fee Schedule and fill it out. You can order a membership and will tally your registration applications and other services with this form.

DNA Testing: If you want to order DNA testing for your animal, please email, call or text Dennis to order either a hair kit or blood cards, or both. To get an idea of which tests to order, see more about that here: Homestead & Miniature Cattle Directory of Genetic Traits & Diseases (testable genetic traits & conditions in cattle). Contact Donna with any questions about which tests to order for the Belfair. Contact Dennis when you know which tests you want to order, and he will get a cost quote to you, and can then order any forms or kits you decide on. International Livestock Registries use Neogen for most DNA testing.

Apply by Mail: CAUTION: Allow plenty of time for the USPS to get kits, forms and certificates from and to you (they have been scary slow and unreliable this past year; we have sent at least 3 mailings that we know of that never even arrived--and many very late--so don't hesitate to check with us, if you get concerned). For each animal, print off the applicable pdf application form, fill it out. Include it, the Order Form, and a check, and mail to the Belfair Cattle Registry P.O. Box 118, Butler, MO 64730. Make the check payable to International Registries.

Pay by Phone:
(most secure) you can mail or email the forms and pay by check over the phone: call Dennis Russel, Midwest Genetics, LLC., Missouri ☎ 816-738-4179 (cell). No personal financial information is kept or stored unless requested.

Apply Online: You can print off the applicable pdf forms, fill them out, scan and email them to Dennis at the main office: office@internationallivestockregistries.com. To pay online, choose one of the following methods:

• Online payment options:
    → FREE: Facebook Messenger Private or Direct Message (PM / DM @ facebook.com/SereCowgirl)
    → FREE: Zelle: email through your bank to donna@buckingv.com, ☎ 406-591-6568 (cell)
    → ADD 4% fee for PayPal: send payment to Bucking V Outfit, LLC., donna@buckingv.com, ☎ 406-591-6568
    → Request an INVOICE: send me an email and your PayPal- or Zelle-registered phone number

What You Receive: The registration certificates are printed for the Belfair Cattle Registry. Other breeds will receive registration certificates with their breed identified. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for receipt, data entry, printing and mailing. We have had some troubles this past year, with USPS's shipping time, so call us if you become worried. If you need more instructions or have any questions, you can call Dennis Russell for general registration or DNA testing questions and/ or (me) Donna Grace with Belfair questions (contact info below).

Belfair Cattle Registry Rules and Regulations


Belfair Cattle Breeder Directory

Email me your directory listing today. Include your names, breed(s) of cattle, farm name, website url, city & state, phone and email.


Belfair Cattle Resources



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Dennis Russell
Midwest Genetics, LLC.
ILR President & CEO
PO Box 118, Butler MO 64730
816-738-4179 (call or text)
Donna Grace
Bucking V Outfit, LLC., circa 1990
ILR Project Development
Maricopa County, Arizona
406-591-6568 (call or text)


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Belfair Cattle Registry (BCR)
registered with International Dairy Cattle Registry
an International Livestock Registries (ILR) Division
P.O. Box 118, Butler, MO 64730 • (816) 738-4179