Legacy will be making lots of changes to the registry coming by July 1st including minimal fees for registration/transfers to defray costs. Legacy is now an INTERNATIONAL DNA database and will be adding registrations from all countries. Currently there are Australian and Canadian registrations entered ( with Denmark and South African animals in the pedigrees) and Legacy will work to fill in the ancestors as time and available resources permit.
The Legacy registry now offers the largest database of early ancestor records available on the internet. When you enter your Dexter in the database/registry you will be amazed at the extended pedigree you will receive immediately with additions ongoing with time!
Thank you Karrie! I...DO... Love Dexters !!! Did you ever hear owners of the more populous breeds speak of their cattle like we Dexter owners. Often they make fun of us and our "pets". I think one of the strongest traits that endear me is the intelligence. I have a little 2 yr old heifer from my smallest Legacy cow and every time I see her nearby I will call her name, Almost immediately when she hears me call " Little Rain" she stops in her tracks and will turn and look me straight in the eye. i can see in her eyes the intellect that fascinates me. I can see that little cow thinking! I often stand quietly when they are on their rest breaks or coming out of one and the communication between Mom and baby when they first see me appear. From an early age you can see the various personalities appear. There are so many things I have learned watching my cows. The one that has solidified for me in the past year or so has to do with older animals. I told a friend that it grows increasingly more difficult to be a cattle breeder with this breed because of their often "human-like" comparisons I make. I feel like a slave dealer. Tearing babies away from their mothers and seeing them grieve, or watching an older cow mourn a best buddy herd mate when they are gone. I have determined that I will not sell or cull older animals from my farm who have lived here all their lives without their herd friend going too. For those who will call me ____________(fill in the blank) I challenge you to just stand aside from the herd and watch their interactions. Or stop and look back at the male left for slaughter and watch how he will look right into your eyes. Probably much easier to raise those big old ugly dumb angus!
I saw first-hand the compassion you have for your Dexters when you brought Wee Gaelic Ms. Fermoy here. You brought her long-time companion, Gabriella, with her, so she wouldn't be alone in new surroundings.
I had visitors here yesterday that had never seen Dexters before. Little Triu took to the daughter, and eventually pestered her for more treats. The father noted that "They certainly have their own personalities". I had to agree.
Add what you will change about the registry to the long, long list of things you've done for Dexters and Dexter people. Back in 2003, when I couldn't find a single Dexter to buy, anywhere, you let me buy some of your prized animals. I'm forever grateful.
I've kept up with some of your activities since then. I know that you arranged for more labs to be able to offer the chondro test. I heard that you paid the license fee so one lab could offer the test. True?
I know how hard you lobbied to get the PHA test offered by multiple labs. I credit you with convincing Dr, Beever to let the test for PHA be done using tail hairs, instead of blood. Your coup of getting the entire range of tests possible to run on a Dexter all offered on a single tail hair sample is taken for granted now, but involved an awful lot of work on your part. I think that one of your crowning achievements was getting the A2 milk test made available to private owners all over the world.
I can't wait to see what you are going to do next.
Actually, I already know one of your upcoming revelations, but I'll keep it under my hat. You told me in confidence, but I'm about to bust waitig for it to be made public.
NO. I never paid for a licnese. I offered to do so if the payment was a road block but it wasn't. Thank you for your kind words but I would just as soon you deleted them. The only credit I take for A2 is convincing UCD to agree to do the test and the A2 Corp that it was right for individuals to be able to test and that UCD was the lab for them ( but they already knew the reputation and had some experience of that lab. YOU discovered A2 testing. I never heard of A2 until you brought it to the attention of Dexter owners. YOU found a way to test Dexters for me and a few others way back there in the beginning. Please stop giving me the credit you deserve.