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The good news is using these links doesn't cost you anything! You are greatly appreciated and a real blessing! She was the first of many Dexter cattle we would own over the years.
We cut our cow raising teeth on Maybelle. Learning to milk was the easy part of our crash course into Family Cow The real trouble was how to get her bred!
Ok, so it was more like a couple days. Point being, we still had no idea what we were doing! The waiting list to get him in was months! And the cost to butcher him would be hundreds of dollars. Needing a source of nourishment for the little heifer she left, we bought a cull cow, Hollyfrom our new neighbor, an organic dairy farmer.
Large ones can be intimidating. Maybe their Dexter cows did eat less. Learn an easy trick to tell if your cow is getting enough to eat and provide them with more food if necessary. Especially if they have poor body condition too.
Hardy The heritage of this heritage breed makes them very cold hardy. Weather never phased our Dexters. We did have a barn, but the side the cows had access to in the winter was more of a glorified run-in. The entire back side was completely open, allowing the elements particularly that fresh air to come inside.
Most of the time they choose not to avail themselves of it. They grow out a nice thick and warm protective coat of fur just like the Dexter cows. Maybelle was an excellent producer for a Dexter. On average, Maybelle shared about 2 gallons a day with us at her peak production.
Normally it was more like a gallon. Stella, the only one of those two in milk right now is giving us about a gallon a day. This super valuable information helps you make better decisions going forward about whether to consider other breeds to meet your needs.
If you do manage to get your hands on a bull figuratively of course your cow should take pretty easily. Especially if you tie her up. Eventually, the cream will rise, it just takes longer. The smaller fat globules may mean that folks who have a difficult time digesting milk may be able to drink Dexter milk.
But what do I know? Cons of Dexter Cattle Initial Cost Because Dexters are more difficult to find and probably because small-scale farmers are willing to pay for them.
A Dexter cow can be much more expensive to purchase than a conventional breed. And frankly, depending on the breed, a goat might give you nearly as much milk for a lot less initial cost or maintenance.
Breeding Standards Vary This is a major con, especially if you are looking for a family milk cow. In our area, Dexter cattle breeders are primarily focused on raising grass-fed beef.
They are selecting genetics out of their herd to encourage beefiness. Which means they have little concern about the structure of udders, teats, and milk yields.
This is going to be very discouraging to first-time dairy farmers. Because milking time will be a struggle to get the milk to the pail.
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