I am sad to report that Shaun Lord is planning to disperse much of her herd in the coming year. These are wonderful bloodlines. If you are looking for traditional Dexters she is in New York State. Chautauqua herd. With the ADCA meeting in Harrisonburg Virginia in June, potential buyers can bring trailers east and perhaps arrange a deliver to Virginia and have an opportunity to purchase excellent cattle.
Shaun told me she has 30-40 heifers for sale right now. Ring those phones.
Last week I put an ad for traditional Dexters on Craigslist for a Legacy owner who has no computer. I was talking to him as I sent in the first ad, and within 2 hours his two heifers were sold.
There are more people interested in traditional Dexters each day. . . . .. . get the word out!
The foundation animals in the Chautauqua herd were purchased from the Old Orchard herd of Marcia Reed in PA and the original herd sire was Lochinvar from early Northeastern bloodlines. Several years ago Marcia Reed was thrown from a horse and was hospitalized for a long period with a severe head injury and her recovery and rehabilitation is ongoing. Due to Marcia's injury and hospitalization, the Old Orchard herd was dispersed with the last of the animals leaving in just recent months. The Old Orchard herd was a long standing herd and well known US herd.
Animals in the Chautauqua herd are only generations off the Peerless bloodlines, and have been recorded to the Tom Thumb #1 registration in the US, and back to Ireland.
There are a couple of lines that trace down from a bull Shaun Lord purchased from the Lucifer lines. . . . but if you check the Legacy online pedigree you can find the animals defined by the category MH. There are a number of animals to still be entered from recent testing. . . . so if you are checking on weanlings or yearlings. . . wait a few weeks for those entries to appear in the Legacy records. The good news. . . . . .with Legacy you will be able to trace the ancestors back to very early generations and see the transition from US to England or US to Ireland.
These are excellent bloodlines, I understand the pricing will be more than reasonable and it is an excellent opportunity for established and new breeders to gain some excellent animals.
I believe that Shaun wants her animals to in the hands of owners with an interest in preserving foundation bloodlines. Shaun has been a supportive owner in the preservation effort and it is very important to her! ( As it should be to every Dexter owner).
I would like to point out that there are 14 Dexters in that herd by the bull Braden of Paradise, one of Brenn's sons. The dams are mostly daughters of Ace of Clove Brook, with some RFF Postal Patron daughters and a couple of Lochinvar daughters.
There are 13 heifers and one bull, Chautauqua Catriona. His dam is one of RFF Postal Patron's daughters.
Sadly, Braden is no longer with us. Shaun Lord had saved some of her nicest cows, mostly Ace of Clove Brook daughters, for just the right bull. She talked Olde Towne Farm into letting her have Braden. He went north to breed the Chautauqua cows.
One day, after he had bred most of the cows, he was found dead, lying in the field. Cause unknown. Mrs. Lord was too distraught to even look at him. Her son dug a hole and buried him.
The sheriff told about two other cases of cattle being shot by passersby. Yet Mrs. Lord was reluctant to place the blame on that. She thought that he had possibly been butted by one of her cows (she'd seen it) and broken some ribs, maybe punctured a lung. The weather was too bad to be able to dig him back up for necropsy, so we'll never know.
I would really like to go up there and pick out a good heifer calf from his offspring, but my injury put me in a selling stance instead of a buying stance. I'm really anxious to see some good owners get some of them. That way I can keep track of them, maybe.
The Windridge Dexters change their coats with the seasons. Right now, Brenn's coat is so curly! Yet in the warmer times, he likes to have his slick coat brushed. The cows are the same. In the spring you will find a lot of their undercoat scraped off on gates, trees and fence posts.