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New arrivals - three dexters!

Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 9:13 pm
by Mojojo

We finally have cows! Butterfly (the red) and her steer calf Fizz, and Fig the heifer.
Just wanted to share, aren't they gorgeous :D
I'm sure I'll be back with questions sometime soon!

They've been raise by some one who is into all the homeopathics for cattle, and they've been on the Pat Coleby mineral lick and on Cider vinegar, Garlic, and carrots for worming. They LOVE their carrots. :)

Re: New arrivals - three dexters!

Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 10:16 pm
by Heidi
They are very nice! What are you intending to do with them? Meat, milk or both?

Re: New arrivals - three dexters!

Posted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 9:00 am
by minnie
Hi Jo,

They're in beautiful condition, and look very content!

Are you aiming for a mixed herd colour, or?

Marg Rawlings has done some great work with the red polls, she originally came from WA, but is now in TAS.

For us, we want to keep the true dual dexter meat and milk and I really like our dun girls so want to encourage the dun in our herd.


Re: New arrivals - three dexters!

Posted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 7:40 pm
by Hayhay
Great to see photo of them - they're gorgeous! Sounds like they've been well looked after too - It sounds quite cute cows liking their carrots!

Re: New arrivals - three dexters!

Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 11:22 am
by Mojojo
We want to do both - milk and meat. So this year we hope Butterfly's calf is a steer, and next year we will be looking for some 'milky' genes to AI both Butters and Fig. Although with the amount of interest we have had from people wanting meat, we may try and pick up a couple of Angus or Murray grey steers at saleyards as well.

When they came, the calves apparently didn't eat carrots, but only a week later and Fig the heifer is taking them from my hand and she is the first to come running when she sees the carrot bucket. I'm currently giving her just a couple a day, she's now taking them through the halter and I am starting to juggle the rope around at the same time so in the next couple of weeks I will try to halter her. Even though its late to start trying (she's ten months) hopefully we will get her used to being handled and she may be our first milker. Butterfly is pretty handle-able too, has a pat and a scratch. She's still feeding Fizz!

I've been right through all of their parentage on the herdbook online, and it looks highly likely they are both PHA and chondro free, so I don't think we will test - as long as we keep putting 'free of both' bulls over them.

Originally we wanted black, but I like red too so we'll probably go for both - the beauty of AI - put a red over them one year and a black the next! Fig's Mum is polled so she will have polled gene.
Vicki I spoke to Marg Rawlings quite a while back, and I'd forgotten she has the red polls. Was gutted that we were not ready to stock when she was moving as she had so many for sale then! Billabong have also been doing some work with polled too. Butters is in calf to a gorgeous Billabong Bull now, think she should pop out a calf around October.

Now we need to build a crush...
And a trough...
and ... heaps more stuff!

Re: New arrivals - three dexters!

Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 11:35 am
by minnie
Ah Jo,

The good crush is on my list for sooon!! We have a head bale still not in place and desperately need to liver fluke our lot... but DH has been fencing for more food, it's a juggle that one day one be quite so hard, I hope.

Marg believes she has at least a bull with poll/poll (double poll gene), I know she was looking to DNA some of hers, as QLD Uni now have the test for polling, a fantastic break through for those looking at the poll.

A friend of mine bought semen from Marg and is looking to do all his cows that are poll or red, in the hope of building a pure red poll herd... it seems quite a few look at doing this. The dun is more elusive and I'm still looking and hoping for a young dun bull to add to our herd, then we can keep both bulls.

We're fattening a steer (who was quite thin from the move etc etc) and a young bull (not 12 months old, without the head bale couldn't castrate him) at the moment. We've been lucky to be trialling a food that will be used for the organic market, not yet named or released. They are going really well on it and we're looking to both in the freezer in Oct. The steer remarkable is looking quite good now, goodness knows how any of this meat will be with what's happened and the bull but... we'll use it and I do have my good mincer. ;)

Re: New arrivals - three dexters!

Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:39 pm
by Shadowgirlau
Beautiful looking cows Jo, congratulations. I love the red colour as well.


Re: New arrivals - three dexters!

Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:02 am
by dggoatlover
Lovely! I have always had an interest in Dexters - if I didn't have goats I would consider buying a couple of these as I like the dual purpose option.