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.

Monday, December 24, 2012

A Merry Christmas to All!

Sunrise at Moosters Meadows

It's nearly Christmas Eve here.  The calves have been up to some mischief  and Yodel is worried that they are all in trouble!

Scuba looks adorable wearing her Christmas lights! 
From all of us to all of you - have a very MERRY Christmas!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

An Unexpected Visitor

See that bird hanging over the Dexters?  Can you guess what it might be?  We know they are around, but hadn't had one on the property before (that we've seen anyway).
Here's what he looks like using the telephoto lens.  We are so in awe.  This is just too cool.  His wingspan is huge.  The dog actually ducked when he flew over our heads. 

Sure hope he/she doesn't think that Gypsy and Queenie the calves look like dinner this week!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

New new new

New donkey:

This is Yodel.  He arrived on  December 2nd.  He's a standard sized donkey.  Minis are fun-sized, but we want Yodel to be able to help protect the herd from the evil predators!  We also hope to learn to use him to help with halter training.  We'll let 'ya know how that goes.....

His arrival caused a great stir - and a few (probably all) of the corral heifers got schooled right away.

Apparently Yanni didn't understand donkey body language......

One slightly bloodied nose later, she definitely understood donkey and figured quickly that she was no longer queen of the corral.  The little prince had replaced her in the "I'm in charge" hierachy!  After a few days, they all get along just fine.  No more warning language needed!

And Christmas came early to Moosters - meet Lola!  She arrived last evening at the Denver airport - our Christmas gift to each other.  When our old German Shepherd, Zee, passed last year, we just weren't quite ready to get another one.  It's finally time again.  The best time for us to get a puppy is winter - she gets plenty of our time because, well, it's winter and we don't do much.....  We're already pleased with her calm ability to deal with all the new "stuff" coming her way.

She loved playtime in the fenced dog area tonight.  And she's already claimed her place at Chris' feet in front of the sofa.  We're going to love her!

Stay tuned as we train both the donkey and the puppy to walk on their respective leads and wait for the schnauzers to acknowledge that Lola exists (they are, except for Brewser, ignoring her).

Saturday, December 1, 2012

It's that time of year.  Little birds that convince us that they are starving.  They empty that bag in about 3 days.  The chickadees that feed at the window feeder are a lot easier to take care of with some black sunflower seeds and a bit of suet.  This bag helps keep the hoards away so the chickadees can actually eat.

Love is still in the air.  Moosters Xinger arrived back here about two weeks ago.  She's been hanging out in the heifer corrals so that she could get used to us again.  'Dance let us know right away that she was in heat.  We let her out.  Five seconds later, she was bred.  They were pretty lovey dovey for the day, then they went their separate ways.  Fickle cow and bull!

Today's post is short because it's time to hang the Christmas lights.  Woo hoo.