Dexter Cattle Are Perfect Multipurpose Cows
Our Dexters have been thriving here since 2006. Our first two were “Wit’s End” and “The Duke.”
We are members of the American Dexter Cattle Association and most of our cows are registered prior to sale. The bulls get registered if they are not destined for “freezer land.”
Dexters are a hardy Irish breed that tolerate heat and cold well. Their dispositions are gentle, but they are not pets. You will not find being rubbed by their horns to be much fun.
According to the ADCA guidelines “..the ideal three year old Dexter bull measures 38 to 44 inches at the shoulder and weighs less than 1000 pounds. The ideal three year old Dexter cow measures between 36 to 42 inches at the shoulder, and weighs less than 750 pounds. There are two varieties of Dexters, short legged and long legged. Milk and beef production and other characteristics are generally the same for both types.”
Dexter Cattle for Sale
We do not use antibiotics, except in the case of birthing complications or serious injury. We use diatomaceous earth, rotational grazing and other homeopathic remedies for preventative worming, even though we don’t really have a worm problem.
About Dexter Cattle in Alabama
Valentino was the main herd sire until he broke a claw. (That’s a toe for people who don’t spend $350.00 to have a Vet look at it.) He was unable to recover from the injury and wound up in the freezer. He was an excellent example of a “short-legged” Dexter.
Carrying multiple bulls is not without risk. We lost Earl of Duke and Hamish due to bull fighting. Ironically, all the bulls seemed to get along for several years. It’s difficult to know who killed whom because all the bulls generally challenge each other at different points in their lives. It seems that the bulls who died had finally reached an age where they could challenge either Duke or Wuzzant and were, therefore, real threats. Our plan going forward is to only keep one black and one red bull.
Dexters Live a Long Time
Lady Murine is the grandmother of the whole herd. She is 14 years old, born 05/14/1999, and still making babies.
She can run much faster than the other cows, so much so that we nicknamed her “Bullet.”
If you read my blog post, “Tackled by a Cow Pie”, Lady Murine is the antagonist.
Breeding Behaviors Worth Noting
Duke’s Brother from another mother is “Wuzzant Me.”
“Wuzzant Me” strongly resembles Valentino. His dame is Wit’s End. His color vacillates from Dun to Red, although technically he is listed as a Dun colored bull.
The “grimace” that you see pictured is actually a curling of the upper lip called “Flehmen sniff.” You will often see this behavior when bulls are trying to detect the hormone level of a cow’s urine to see whether she is ready for breeding.
He may even put his nose in the urine stream. Try explaining that one to the kids.
Dexters For Sale
Most Dexter breeders really hate to part with their heifers. We are no exception. Still, if we don’t let a few go, there won’t be any more Dexter breeders out there and we want to see the population of this marvelous cow increase. So, here are a couple of young girls that could work well for you.
Trail’s End’s Bitsy Babe was born in 2006. Bitsy’s baby, Cassidy, was born 11/10/07. We call her “girlfriend” because she is my best tempered milking cow, she is NOT for sale. Bitsy can be milked, but you will probably need to convince her it’s a good idea. She has had good deliveries in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.
Long Tall Sally
If you are looking for a first time recently bred heifer, Keela is the one.
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Yes, this is the farm you saw featured in AcresUSA.
We encourage all potential Dexter owners to become familiar with the issues surrounding Chondrodysplasia, commonly referred to as “bulldog calves”, PHA or PHA (Pulmonary Hypoplasia with Anasarca) Fact Sheet.
You can read our view and find similar information at the ADCA.