White Rock Farm - Dexter Cattle







About Dexters
  Dexter cattle originated in Ireland, developed from the Kerry breed. The registries for this unique breed are the Purebred Dexter Cattle Association of North America (PDCA) and the American Dexter Cattle Association (ADCA). They are small cattle, the average hip height being only 4 feet, and they come in black, red, dun, and red dun, with an occasional white marking on each. Calves often start out red dun, but most are black by a year old. Dexters are usually horned and most people leave the horns on; however, when handling the occasionally flighty animal the horns become dangerous, so some people de-horn them as calves. Most Dexters are very docile, and there are many stories and pictures of "ridable" Dexters; Dexter oxen are not uncommon, either. The average cow produces more milk per pound of body weight than any other breed, and is a great family milk cow. Dexter meat is very tender and comes in smaller portions, and is sometimes called a Senior Citizens Cut. Their feed conversion rate is better than most breeds - one pound body weight to five pounds of sweet feed - and the carcasses usually grade out better than the live animals look. Calm steers gain more weight and have more tender meat than the wilder ones.

Current Program
We've started crossing our Dexter bull with Angus cows to get calves that are polled and pack on more muscle than Dexters, but have a greater feed efficiency than Angus (such calves we jokingly refer to as "Angsters"). The herd remains mostly Dexter, but over the years our primary market has been steers for beef. This switch allows us to more effectively pursue this market. Below are the Dexters that have been or currently are being used in our program.


Dexters Currently Owned
Bulls:Cool Hand Luke of Dog Run, 3's 2007 bull
Cows:Contessa of Old Orchard, Ivy of Old Orchard, Cleo of Old Orchard, SSD Allison, 2's 2007 heifer
Heifers:2's 2008 heifer, 3's 2008 heifer




Dexter Bulls

Cool Hand Luke of Dog Run
DOB 8/16/93; Black Dexter
Extended Pedigree
         SS: Shanachie o'Briar Hill
Sire: Windswept Acre Guiness
         SD: Windswept Acre Margaret

         DS: Windswept Acre Guiness
Dam: Storm of Dog Run
         DD: Peerless Leah
  Picture at age 12
Progeny Retained: 3's 2007 bull




3's 2007 bull
DOB 4/13/07; Black Dexter

         SS: Windswept Acre Guiness
Sire: Cool Hand Luke of Dog Run
         SD: Storm of Dog Run

         DS: Donal of Old Orchard
Dam: Contessa of Old Orchard
         DD: Carrie of Old Orchard



Dexter Cows

Contessa of Old Orchard
DOB 5/16/92; Black Dexter; De-horned
Extended Pedigree
         SS: Cranworth Rory
Sire: Donal of Old Orchard
         SD: Laurel of Old Orchard

         DS: Malach's Corey O'Callen
Dam: Carrie of Old Orchard
         DD: Cricket of Old Orchard
  
Progeny Retained: Ivy, 3's 2007 bull
Shows
2004: 1X 1st, 1X GCH




Ivy of Old Orchard
DOB 4/26/94; Black Dexter; De-Horned
Extended Pedigree

         SS: Malach's Corey O'Callen
Sire: Donovan of Old Orchard
         SD: Peerless Chopper

         DS: Donal of Old Orchard
Dam: Contessa of Old Orchard
         DD: Carrie of Old Orchard




Cleo of Old Orchard
DOB 7/6/94; Black Dexter; De-Horned
Extended Pedigree

         SS: Cranworth Rory
Sire: Dillon of Old Orchard
         SD: Charity of Old Orchard

         DS: Malach's Corey O'Callen
Dam: Violet of Old Orchard
         DD: Victoria of Old Orchard
  
Progeny Retained: SSD Allison, 2's 2007 calf, 2's 2008 heifer




SSD Allison
DOB 6/8/04; Black Dexter; Horns
Extended Pedigree

         SS: P.R.M. Red Man
Sire: P.R.M. Chester
         SD: P.R.M. Tots Patty

         DS: Dillon of Old Orchard
Dam: Cleo of Old Orchard
         DD: Violet of Old Orchard
  




2's calf
DOB 8/27/07; Black Dexter; Horns

         SS: Windswept Acre Guiness
Sire: Cool Hand Luke of Dog Run
         SD: Storm of Dog Run

         DS: Dillon of Old Orchard
Dam: Cleo of Old Orchard
         DD: Violet of Old Orchard




Dexter Heifers

2's 2008 heifer
DOB 8/16/08; Black Dexter; Horns

         SS: Windswept Acre Guiness
Sire: Cool Hand Luke of Dog Run
         SD: Storm of Dog Run

         DS: Dillon of Old Orchard
Dam: Cleo of Old Orchard
         DD: Violet of Old Orchard




3's 2008 heifer
DOB 8/16/08; Black Dexter; Horns

         SS: Windswept Acre Guiness
Sire: Cool Hand Luke of Dog Run
         SD: Storm of Dog Run

         DS: Donal of Old Orchard
Dam: Contessa of Old Orchard
         DD: Carrie of Old Orchard








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