Hello, Judy! Just a quick note to let you know I'm now registered here.
Hello to everyone.
I've been raising Colorado legacy dexters for only a few years. Enjoying every minute of it! Our girls gave birth to their first calves this year, Aurora just yesterday. A bull. A healthy, frisky little guy about 25 lbs.
Ours will remain closed as well. I'm really lovin the dexters. So friendly. We also have a couple of belted galloways that we breed with our Dexter bull, Orphues for a nice beef. They are an incredibly easy, friendly breed as well
Hello! I like your choice of Dexters to start a herd. I tried for years to buy a single Colorado cow, before Judy began DNA genotyping them and connecting the pedigrees. I bought one half Colorado cow, but sold her after getting a really nice heifer out of her.
Did you know that the American Livestock Breed Conservancy once held a blind taste testing of beef that was all from rare breeds? With an Angus and a Hereford thrown in for comparison. All of the rare breeds had been raised on grass at the ALBC farm. In the voting, the winner was a Pineywoods Lineback, that you are unlikely to ever see. Second was a Galloway, the old style that was a solid color. Third was Dexter. Those were the only breeds that received a first place vote. So your cross between a Dexter and a Belted Galloway should be expected to produce some tasty beef.
Of course, Dexter beef has won many contests around the world. It is the best beef I've ever put in my mouth. I just had a T-bone for lunch. Yumm!
This is the first year that Orpheus is big enough to breed the galloways. Last year I learned how to AI and did the galloways then. So this year we have Galloway calves and next year half and half. We are looking forward to them. We raise small amounts of grass fed beef here on Briarhook Farm for private sale.
We are considering raising up our newest bull for sale intact. Would anyone be interested in him? If so I will do the registration paperwork on him when I do Nyx's. Otherwise we will steer him. We would not let him go to a new home for at least six months or so to give him plenty of time on mom.
he is Colorado Mom and Sire right? Post a pic of him. Use the add attachment button. If need be I will trade a bull for meat for him. These arebthevrarest bloodlines in yhe WORLD, so hooefully more and more breeders will become aware of the need to preserve foundation genetics. Currently, yhey do NOT, and that reminds me the preservation website needs an article as to the difference of modern versus foundation!
His sire is Orpheus and he is out of Aurora. Two of the three we acquired from the Davis' herd. I have yet to know which of her old herd are the mothers of our three but we do have sire ID obtained from the genetic material I sent in, Judy. Are there more genomes available now to type for their mothers?L
I have a lot of pics available of all of our dexters and galloways to be found on my FB for Briarhook Farm. I can send you pics via email as well.