Welcome to Moosters Meadows - home of Irish Dexter Cattle! We strive to breed a truly dual purpose Dexter, providing both excellent beef and milk. All of our Dexters are purebred and registered with the American Dexter Cattle Association (ADCA). We'll be blogging about what goes on here on our little ranch in Wyoming and life with Dexters. Feel free to visit our website as well.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Carnival has arrived!

 She's here!  It seems like we've all been waiting forever for her arrival.  Meet ES Carnival Red, the daughter of MornStar Seana and Tama Titanium.  We knew that Seana's calf would be both red and polled, but we still had the excitement of waiting to see if it would be a bull or a heifer.  Carnival was bred by Elissa Emmons in Texas.  We purchased Seana at the AGM in Stillwater this summer.  Thanks Elissa!

She arrived while we were on our long planned cruise vacation (Carnival - get it!?!) on Friday.  A Murphy's Law kind of thing -- we were certain that Seana was going to calve on the day we left for the airport, but she managed to hold out for six more days.  Glad we didn't wait!
Mother and daughter are doing fine.  Seana has one of the nicest udders we've ever seen and she's a really sweet mom.
Seana loves her treats - with or without Carnival nearby.  She is a treat hound (which means we can always get great pictures of her)......

Friday, October 7, 2011

Moosters Big and Small

 Meet the smallest Moosters - Johnny Ringo and (sometimes known as) Lily.  Their parents are our two adult mini schnauzers, Brewster and Ripley.  Johnny Ringo will be staying here at Moosters Meadows.  Lily will be heading for her new home in Colorado in about two weeks.  We're pretty attached to both of them, so it's going to be hard to say good bye to Lily. 

Here's our largest Mooster - Gladhour Winchester.  He's a big marshmallow!  Winchester was born here, left us for a while and has returned home - much to our delight.  He hasn't changed much (other than those extra 700 pounds or so) since he was a little bull.  He still loves to have his curlies scratched, is a treat hound and just a true gentle giant.  He's halter trained and will be the sire for about a half dozen of our spring 2011 calves.
Today we turned Yellowstone and Harper out with the big boys.  As you can see, Winchester is happily welcoming the little guys to the bull pasture.  All's well in the land of the boys.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Goodbye to Four Footed Friends.....

Sometimes they are born here; sometimes they arrive from elsewhere.  Sometimes they get sold.  This month a few of our four footed friends have been sold - to wonderful families, I might add.  The last of this year's sales left yesterday and we are going to miss them.  Our reasons for sale are as varied as the Dexters themselves.  We always strive to make a good fit between our Dexters and their new owners.

Elsie is off to Cheyenne.  She's bred to Winchester and should have a wonderful (dun) calf in the spring.  She's going to be a milk cow!  Her temperament is so suited to milking.  She's easy to lead and handle, including her udders.  She's interested in everything and truly sweet.  We hope Addison enjoys her as much as we have!

Yardley and Wish are safely settled today in Blackfoot, Idaho.  Wish is perfect with another buddy or two.  She's a bit skittish in a big herd, so we think she and Yardley are going to make great pals and super Dexters for their new owners.  Wish is sweet natured, but shy so she will be happier with only one or two pals.  Yardley is still really young but she enjoys brushing and petting.  She'll grow up to be a fine young heifer.  We're going to miss them both, but know that they will have a great home with Page and Natalie.

We haven't yet decided our perfect herd size.  So far, so good, as we are able to "visit" with them nearly every day.  It means we know the personalities of each of our Dexters.....and they know us.