Saralee Couchoud wrote:You might not like black cows but they bring 10% more at market. That said, I have red cows because I like the heritage breed Milking Devon. The good points far out way the sale price difference. In 15 years I have not had to pull one calf. My neighbor raises Angus and pulls about 1/2 his calves. Mine also live and produce into the late 20s not 10 years like modern cows
Gray Henon wrote:Will Dexters marble up if grain finished? We raised a grassfed steer several years ago. It was good, but the meat didn't have the slightest bit of intramuscular fat. I'd like some marbling on the next one.
Ron Metz wrote:I haven’t been on here in a while because I am still not getting notifications of posts to this thread. I have read through some of the new to me posts. First comment I have is purebred Dexters do not come in silver. The accepted colors are red, black and dun. Dun is a brown color. “White Dexters” are not purebred Irish Dexters. They are a different breed resulting from crossing Irish Dexters with British white cattle. They have their own registry and are not eligible for registration in PDCA, ADCA or the Legacy Dexter registry.
There were questions about Dexters and climate. The PDCA has a new slogan, “any size acreage, any sustainable climate, Irish Dexters will work for you”. This breed is truly adaptable to any climate that can sustain life. Other questions involved milk production, calf sharing etc. Dexter cow milk production depends on the individual cow, how she is fed, how many times a day she is milked, her bloodlines etc. One can expect at least a half gallon a day from low producers up to as much as two to three gallons a day. Butterfat content can approach 5%.
Many readers of this thread have numerous questions. It is exciting to see a growing interest in this amazing small breed. Our breed association, Purebred Dexter Cattle Association PDCA has several sources for information on the Irish Dexter breed. I’ll list them here:
Is the PDCA website and offers all kinds of info on the breed.
Is the place to buy/sell Dexter cattle and locate breeders.
Dexters Today E-magazine
Is our PDCA electronic magazine and can be found on our website. You can subscribe and get on our email list. Comes out bimonthly.
PDCA has a mentor program for those needing help in several different areas including milking. Mentor program info can be found on our website.
Dexters today community is our FaceBook discussiongroup. Ask any questions for open discussion.
More PDCA sources for info and help are being developed and will be available in the near future.
For those interested in becoming a breeder and developing an Irish Dexter herd, the PDCA has launched a breed improvement program called DexStar. DexStar uses genomic testing and phenotype evaluation to help breeders improve their cattle and ultimately the breed.