The Miniature Cows
This is an exciting time for us. The Dexter/Dairy Breeds have all been born & the heifer calves are the foundation stock for our program of breeding milkers for the homesteader. The next calves due will be born throughout 2018. The sire to the calves are 2 Panda's, an Irish Dexter and a mini Hereford. Our AI program is going very well and we will continue to have dairy/beef crossed calves for some years to come.
So come on in and meet the girls and Red Bull. (Red Bull has been put in the Referenced animals at the bottom of the page as he's been sold & his daughters are doing very well being milked and producing our next generation of bringing down the size but keeping the milk aspect flowing)
_____________________________________Red Bull & Bess________________________________________
After a few years of breeding Irish Dexter cattle, I've come to like milking a dairy cow in a smaller package. For the past 15 years my focus was on developing the Mini Alpine dairy goats, then I got my first Dexter cows and milked them as well. I was not happy with getting 2 gallons per day from one cow because 2 of my Mini-Alpine's gave me more than that in a day. So, I went to the dairy down the road from me and asked the dairyman if he'd let my Dexter bull breed a few of his virgin heifers. All I wanted were 2 heifers from the breeding's. The next summer Delta and Rita were born and they had their first calves in 2017. Out of 10 heifers bred, they were the only heifers born. We had a good laugh over that. Today it has become the focus on my breeding program with 25 head of cows and using 2 Panda's, a Dexter & 3 mini Hereford's. We use live cover and AI'ing.
Hot Rod - 11/13/15: I have a feeling this little bull will be the new love of my life. He's half Belted Galloway, half mini Hereford. As we bred Polled Herefords for decades, I can see the Hereford qualities in him already. His job as herd bull is in full swing and he's sired 2 calf crops to date. UPDATE: with his second calf crop we are so happy with the different colors in his calves. *** HE IS NOW 4 SALE *** His last breeding season for us is in the works now. His last calves will be born next March/April, 2019 for us. We have kept every one of his daughters so adding what heifers are to be born next year will mean he has to find a new herd.
Hot Rod is coming 3 years old and has become the main bull.
MMR RB Elsa - 5/9/15: Elsa is Bess' first calf. I was sitting with Bess at the time and was so happy to have a heifer from her. Elsa is also Polled, meaning she will never grow horns. She is a very heavy heifer, & her sire is Red Bull. Elsa had a heifer her first freshening named Bonnie who is sired by a mini Jersey bull. She is a very nice Brindle like her mom. The second calf from Elsa was born in March of 2018 named Queen and is sired by Hot Rod. Queen is marked like a Hereford. Right now, Elsa is at the dairy to be on milk test and be AI'd to a Jersey with sexed semen for a heifer calf next April(2019).
COR Dream's Red Rainbow (Rain) - 11/19/14: Rain is a registered Dexter that is Polled and even though she is by parents that are long legged, she is short. Negative for PHA & Chondro. She's a doll of a heifer, halter broke and easy to handle.
A1A2 Beta Casin
MMR RB Delta : 6/20/15 This heifer is the first born from the dairy to a Holstein with Red Bull being her sire. For the most part this cross will be solid black. A good reason to breed solid colored heifers to Panda bulls. Delta was AI'd to a Panda bull on 6/22/16. She can usually be seen with her head in a feed tub.
Due Date: April 20 AI bred to Kung Fu Panda
Delta had a belted heifer calf named Dawn. With that wonderful dairy udder, Delta is at the dairy and her milk will be tested. She's 45" tall. When she's due to be bred she will be AI'd to a Polled Mini Hereford. **UPDATE: Delta was sold as a milker with her second freshening and is in Texas.
MMR RB Rita - 6/23/15: Rita is out of a Dutch Belted cow and sired by Red Bull. I can't be happier to have her in the herd. In time I'm sure I'll keep a bull calf from her for the breeding program. She was bred to Hot Rod on 8/1/16 for a May calf. Not as tall as Delta, she's getting stocky. She is really developing nicely & has the Dexter features and is very laid back. Her first calf was a baldy bull calf. I milked her for the house in 2017.
Due Date: May 18, 2018 bred to Hot Rod
||***** I need to update this part of the page so as I get new photo's I'll be updating it. Some of the calves below have calved and are being trained as home milkers.*****
The Calves of 2016
MMR RB Abby - 3/6/16: We were surprised when the first of the dairy girls was a week early and had a red heifer. Her name is Abby and her dam is 50% Jersey, 50% Holstein, Red Bull is her sire so she's 50% Dexter/25% Jersey/25% Holstein. A very friendly girl and I can scratch her all over & POLLED. She's showing more of the Dexter qualities right now. 4/16/18 - Abby had a red heifer named Savanna in March of this year. She is at the dairy to be trained to be a home milker & be AI'd with Jersey sexed semen for a heifer calf for next March, 2019.
MMR RB Carly - 3/12/16: Carly a Dexter/Jersey cross that spent her first freshening at the dairy so she was on milk test. Her mom is a twin so I'll be watching her for sure for twins when the time comes. With the 3 heifers looking so much alike, they had different colored collars for a while till I could tell them apart. She is not Polled so her horn buds have been burned off. I do believe I'm seeing a hint of brindle starting on her face. She is the tallest of the Dexter/Jersey crosses and the dairy qualities show on her. She had a very stocky belted bull calf this past March. ***UPDATE: she is being trained to be a home milker, she is bred for an April 2019 calf and was AI'd with sexed semen from a Lineback bull, so a heifer is on the way.**If you notice Carly is darker in the front from her head to her shoulders, this is the wild red gene and I'm very happy she carries it. Her sire had it as well and it will produce brindle stripes in her calves. 45" tall and I am now milking her by hand.
MMR RB Dinah - 6/26/16 is our 4th heifer for 2016. She's out of a Holstein dam but mom carried the red gene. She has bobby socks on her hind legs. A very easy way about her as well. Her dairy qualities show very nicely. Look at her long body. ***Update: Dinah is due in July with her first calf by Hot Rod.
MMR Ella - 8/16/16 is a heifer with a half belt on her right side, other is black. She'll be bred to Hot Rod when the time comes. You wouldn't know this is the same calf from the left side. Her dam is a Dutch Belted. She is also Polled like Red Bull is. ***Update - Ella is going to be AI'd to a Jersey with sexed semen for a heifer calf in the spring of 2019.
2016 Fall calves
|MMR Hanna - 11/5/16 - Another heifer that is a little small. Hanna is 3/4 Jersey and just too cute for words. She's doing very well and an active heifer. Update: our Hanna is really growing and starting to look more Jersey as she ages but boy, has she gotten dark. ***Update - Hanna is going to be AI bred to a Jersey with sexed semen for a heifer calf in March, 2019. She has become one of my favorites. |
A few of the Belted's
Emma on the left and Dawn on the right, have wonderfully, wide belts. Both of their sires are registered Panda's. Emma is Hot Rod's first calf and Dawn is from an AI breeding to Kung Fu Panda. Throughout the 2017 year, there will be several more belted calves born and hoping to see that Panda faces on some.
Be ready for your mouth to drop when you see this next calf. In time he'll be used in the breeding program and his daughters will be bred to Hot Rod. An interesting cross to be waiting for in a few years.
10/24/16 This is Bongo a 3/4% Belgian Blue bull calf. The other 25% is Holstein. They are a double muscled breed and get VERY BEEFY!!! At birth he was about 125lbs. He's at the dairy and will be raised as a bull for a time. UPDATE: Bongo is thriving and almost 4 months old now. He'll be coming here in a while to be raised with the other bull calves. This young bull has one of the best temperaments I've seen in a bull calf.
References for cattle used in the breeding program in years past.
MMR BB Red Bull has sired our first set of heifers out of the standard cows. Holstein, Jersey & Dutch Belted cows were bred to him. Our first calves were born in 2015 so those heifers will be bred to the mini Jersey bull this summer. Red Bull has been sold and is in his new herd but his legacy will continue here with his daughters. At this time there are 6 of his daughters but the next batch of heifers are getting ready to calve at the dairy so the number will go higher real soon.
Dash - 5/5/15: This is the mini Jersey bull. He is mild tempered and I'm happy about that. He's never tried to kick me and as of 3/2/16, has a ring in his nose to keep him that way. Dash will be breeding all the cows and heifers this summer for the calves in 2017. So far this year he's bred 2 short Dexter cows, Bess and a Dexter/Jersey heifer. 3 of them have passed their cycle dates with no sign of repeating so far.
Jupiter's Last Dance (Bess) 4/22/12 is a mid sized Jersey that we've had from a yearling. She's a nice cow that gave us our first Dexter cross in 2015, a heifer and Polled, look for Elsa below. 4 days early, Bess had another heifer and I'm a very happy lady. Bella is a dream. Scroll down to the calves of 2016 to see her. On 6/14/16 Bess was confirmed bred to a mini Jersey bull for a Feb. 2017 calf. If it's a bull calf, I may keep him for breeding.
Due Date: Feb 10, 2017 bred to Dash and had a small bull calf named Norman the first week of Feb. I am thrilled with a bull calf out of her as he will be used for a season or two to get her milking genetics into the other cows calves. Pics will be up in a few days.
Bess is A2A2
MMR Noir - 8/21/15: Noir is a Holstein/Jersey cross from the dairy that just isn't growing to what the needs of the dairy are. So, she's going to be used in our breeding program and is bred to Hot Rod for a June, 2017 calf. She was a bit on the wild side when she came but soon learned that having her head scratched can be nice. Hot Rod has taken a liking to her and they can normally be seen together.
Due Date: June 6, 2017 bred to Hot Rod
Calving date: June 6, 2017, on her due date with a wide belted heifer named Emma.