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.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

High Wind Warning

From the National Weather Service:

Our weather forecast is proving to be extremely correct this morning.  It is literally snowing sideways and visibility is poor.  Good thing we planned to stay home for New Year's Eve!

The gusts are bending the cottonwoods from side to side.  We're nearly certain that we'll lose a few more before this is over.  Sounds like a train coming......

The boys are pretty well protected from the winds and the snow coming from the north and west.  The girls have protection with windbreaks - both natural and manmade.  Fortunately, there's no bitter cold accompaning the high winds, so we're all better off than in previous years - - this time

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Moosters Meadows to all of you from each of us!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Just another day at the hay feeders

Got treats? 

My favorite Dexter (aside from Yanni - my best bud) changes from week to week.  This week, it's Bessie.  Her registered name is a number and she's ever so much more than just a number.  Lately she's been first up from the herd to greet me.  I can rub her all over with no fuss.  Since she arrived home with us late in the summer, she's become more and more friendly.  Now she's my best girl! 

Dance knows that his time with the girls is nearly over.  We'll have a few fall calves next year.  He's had the herd all to himself, but that's going to be changing really soon.  He'll have to go back to being one of the boys in a week or so.  Some Christmas present........  He's such a good boy!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Just Rambling

Winter update in Wyoming:  11 below last night (not including the wind chill)!  Everything is moving pretty slowly this morning.  Hay is disappearing much faster from the feeders - keeping those bellies filled keeps Moosters warmer in this weather.  Starting the tractor ought to be a good time today!

A Belated welcome to our latest Moosters from Missouri:  Last month we made the long trek to Missouri pulling a trailer that made our rig almost as long as a semi.  A very long detour to get there and back (who knew that the flooding along the river last summer would still be an issue?).  Six very nice cows, three very nice bull calves (soon to be steers), and two bulls destined for Tiny Twisters made the trip back to Wyoming in great shape.  Can't really say the same for the two humans involved, but we made it!  Here are a few of our latest additions:

That's SF Mulgwen and two of the bull calves.  Neither belong to her, but they seem pretty attached to her anyway.  She's a fine older cow with the most beautiful face, nicest build and amazing horns.  We're hoping for a few red calves in her future.

Gladhour Rominy Reah - a very pretty girl with a super nice udder and another pretty face!  She's polled and potentially homozygous polled at that!  Seems like we've been trying to buy her forever and now she's here!

Gladhour Swallow -  lovely horns and a great traditional Dexter look.  Not the best picture by any means; it just doesn't do her justice.

At this point, we're sure they are wondering what the heck with the weather!