Vineyard Planting and House Progress

| 3/25/2014 8:22:00 AM

Samantha BiggersA lot has been going on at the farm. It has been a long time since I have blogged. Something I have promised time and time again to dedicate more time to. As many of you experience, time is all too short on a homestead. Since my last post a good bit has changed on the farm.


Dexter Steer

Dexter Cattle

After several years of raising Dexters and dealing with how highstrung they are, we made the decision to switch to Black Baldie and Hereford cattle. This required selling a lot of our cattle herd. We learned a lot raising the Dexters but found that a lot of things that people say about them barely scratch the surface. The bull we had would not stay in a fence. Nor would the steers. If we tried to move them, the cows would move just fine, but the bull and steers were just too much. Chasing horned cattle through our neighbors' fields and lawns was something we got tired of really fast. It was just too much. We decided that it was best to have a breed of cow that would not get out every time we were gone for an afternoon.

The Dexter bull we had was very aggressive towards the neighbor's larger bull as well and quite dangerous with his horns even though he was about 1,000 pounds instead of the 2,000 pounds of the Hereford bull next door. Also the Dexter breed has gone more towards beef production and less towards milk. I suspect the breed has been diluted with Angus blood as well because of the larger sizes and aggressiveness that I have seen in the breed. Breeders continuously breed to bulls that are much too large. The breed standard for a Dexter bull is 1,000 pounds or less but some would weight as much as 1,500 pounds. If you want a cow that large, just get an Angus and be done with it.

4/12/2014 8:02:10 PM

Glad to see you back to blogging. Things are looking good on the farm. Good luck with the winery.

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