Welcome to Moosters Meadows
Moosters Meadows, owned by Chris and Vicki Jones, is located in the southeastern part of Wyoming, where we have a carefully selected herd Dexters running on a little over 200 acres of pasture and meadow.
We, like many others, started with two Dexters and quickly fell in love with this gentle breed. Soon enough, two grew into a herd that fluctuates between 60 to more than 100 depending on the time of the year. Our herd is now comprised of all three colors, and still fairly evenly split on our adults between (de)horned and polled. We kept the horns on all our “foundation” cows. However, we have chosen to breed only polled Dexters since our 2014 breeding season.
Our herd has been thoughtfully chosen and raised with true dual purpose – meat and milking – Dexters in mind. Color and lack of horns are the “nice to haves,” but good conformation and great temperament are “must haves” in our herd.
We believe in testing. Our entire herd is tested (or born as an obligate) PHA free. We have several deliberately chosen chondrodysplasia carrier cows. As responsible breeders, we only breed these girls to non-carrier bulls, then test offspring so there is never any question as to the status of a calf. Our herd is tested for A2 Beta-Casein and we only use A2/A2 bulls for breeding. Every Mooster born since 2013 is parentage verified (as are many of our others. All have been, at minimum, genotyped).
In 2011, we were bit by the show bug! Now we show at every opportunity within reasonable driving distance! We enjoy showing with our fellow breeders and love being able to bring attention to this wonderful little breed.
All of our Dexters are registered with the American Dexter Cattle Association. We also belong to several regional breeder groups including Missouri Dexter Breeders, Oklahoma Dexter Breeders and Rocky Mountain Dexter Breeders (California, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and the Dakotas).
We love to talk about Dexters and welcome calls and no-obligation ranch visits to see them up close and personal.
Spring 2017 Calving is nearly done. So far, 36 on the ground with three to go as of the 1st of May! We have exactly a 50/50 mix of bull calves and heifers. Most of the heifers will be offered for sale once we make our decisions around June on which few will remain here at Moosters Meadows. A small handful of the bull calves will be retained as bull prospects and decisions will be made around the same time frame on this great group of males. As always, our most current news can be found on our Facebook page!
We have just added a lovely little dun to the herd. Moosters is thrilled to welcome Glockenhof’s Sadie. She’s got that temperament that we adore and will join Sonny this summer in hopes of making another pretty dun calf
American Dexter Cattle Association
Don’t forget the American Dexter Cattle Association Annual Show, Sale and Meeting coming up in June of 2017. We’ll be headed to Salina in mid-June, so if you see something on our For Sale Page, we could deliver along the way.
We love to talk about Dexters and welcome calls or no-obligation ranch visits to see them up close and personal.
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