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.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Calving Season is Underway

It seems like we wait forever for calving to begin!  So far, this year, we've had a very mild March with very springlike temperatures.  It's not always like this.  We can only hope it continues.

Calving started a few days early.  Apparently we forgot to explain 283 days to our momma cows!

First timer Sushi and our handsome Hondo created this little beauty.  She will be Moosters Hot Sake.  We know that she will be an obligate non-carrier of PHA and chondrodysplasia and A2A2.  Like all our heifers, she will be parentage verified.  Sushi and her dam Tuhna are both exceptional Dexters and favorites here.  We expect that Sake will be as well.

I was fortunate enough to witness the birth of Moosters Little Dipper, the daughter of Luna and Hondo.  She is an obligate non-carrier of PHA and will be A1A2.  We are reasonably certain that she is a non-carrier of chondrodysplasia, but we have sent in her tail hairs for testing to be sure.  Luna is a milk machine - we will be milking her for probably six weeks or so until Dipper is big enough to use all of the milk.  So much goodness from one little cow!

And Tracy FINALLY gave us a heifer!  We are still hopeful that this little princess, Moosters Tess Trueheart, will be a chondro carrier like her momma, but she just looks a bit too "tall" at this point.  Tail hairs pulled and on the way to the lab for testing.  Tess is PHA free and A2A2.  Sired by Machine, she is going to be stunning.

This litte beauty is the daughter of CJS Beth and Hondo.  An obligate non-carrier of PHA and Chondrodysplasia, she is A2A2.  Love her little black nose.  Meet Moosters Chicago Fire.

Most of our calves will be for sale at weaning as well as a few of our cows.  We won't make those decisions until most of our calves have been born around the end of April.  It's always a tough call to decide who stays and who goes.  If it were up to me, they would all stay!