Scenes from the barn…

We’ve been crazy busy with lambs~hope to give more of an update soon! 

Cosmo and Tori

 

Attracting more attention...

 

Teigen~ a real cowboy, shorts and all!

 

Butterscotch with a snazzy hair style...

 

Ewes in waiting...

 

Dugur checking on the lambs...

 

 

Sweet babies asleep in the straw...

Buttercup…

Now if your expecting new lamb pictures, I might have to disappoint you but this maybe better!   Maybe? ;-D

Too exciting isn't it?

Too exciting isn't it?

Mark just took this picture with his phone camera…she is half Dexter and half Jersey.  She is only a month old and she is on her way here tonight with Mark, Sawyer, Garrett and Hayden.  Thanks Eva!
 
Our plan is to eventually milk her by AI’ing her to a miniature Jersey.  Hopefully this will create smaller offspring, making them less intimadating to the kids. 
According to the American Dexter Cattle Association…

Dexter Cattle

    The native home of the Dexter is in the southern part of Ireland where they were bred by small land holders and roamed about the shelter less mountainous districts in an almost wild state of nature.  The first recorded knowledge of Dexters in America is when more than twho hundred Dexters were imported to the US between 1905 and 1915.  In recent years there has been a worldwide surge of interest in Dexter cattle.  They thrive in hot as well as cold climates and do well outdoors year round, needing only a windbreak, shelter and fresh water.  Fertility is high and calves are dropped in the field without difficulty.  They are dual purpose, being raised for both milk and meat.  Dexters are also the perfect old-fashioned family cow.  Pound for pound, Dexters cost less to get to the table, economically turning forage into rich milk and quality, lean meat.

    According to the guidelines, the ideal three year old Dexter bull measures 38 to 44 inches at the shoulder and weighs less than 1000 pounds.  The ideal three year old Dexter cow measures between 36 to 42 inches at the shoulder, and weighs less than 750 pounds.  There are two varieties of Dexters, short legged and long legged.  Milk and beef production and other characteristics are generally the same for both types.

    Dexters come in Black, Red or Dun.  Dexters are horned or polled, with some people preferring to dehorn them.  A milking cow can produce more milk for its weight than any other breed.  The daily yield averages 1 to 3 gallons per day with a butterfat content of 4 to 5 percent.  Yields of cream up to one quart per gallon are possible.  The cream can be skimmed for butter or ice cream.

    Beef animals mature in 18 to 24 months and result in small cuts of high quality lean meat, graded choice, with little waste.  The expectable average dress out is 50 to 60 percent and the beef is slightly darker red than that of other breeds.

    No other bovine can satisfy such a diverse market.

Jersey Cows:
The Jersey cow is quite small, ranging from only 800 to 1200 pounds.  The main factor contributing to the popularity of the breed has been their greater economy of production, due to:

 

 

 

 

 

  • the ability to carry a larger number of effective milking cows per unit area due to lower body weight, hence lower maintenance requirements
  • high butterfat conditions, 6% butterfat and 4% protein and to thrive on locally produced food.