Welcome to Moosters Meadows

Moosters Meadows is located in the southeastern part of Wyoming, where we have a carefully selected herd of 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 and 100 depending on the time of the year. Our herd is fairly evenly split between black and red and (de)horned and polled. We have a few duns as well! 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. Good conformation and great temperament are must haves in our herd. Everything else follows from there and are “nice to have” rather than “need to have.”

We believe in testing. Our entire herd is tested (or born as an obligate) PHA free. We have several 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. 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 Rocky Mountain Dexter Breeders (consisting of folks living in the western states – Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Montana and California plus others) and Missouri Dexter Breeders. We are proud to say that we have Moosters in herds from coast to coast.

We love to talk about Dexters and welcome calls or no-obligation ranch visits to see them up close and personal.

RANCH NEWS

Wow! What a spring and summer we’ve had! The hundred year flood went through our creek like a knife cutting butter and we’ve spent the last few months recovering from lost fences and lost time. Our Facebook page has plenty of pictures of that disaster – an event we’d rather forget.

All of the water and debris from “who knows where” caused us (with our vet’s sage advice) to make the decision to inoculate all of our calves early, including the steers that would normally go without vaccinations for our “natural” buyer (done with their blessing). This means that we have a larger than usual number of steers for sale at weaning since they are no longer completely natural. Let us know if you need a weanling steer. These are nice big boys that will make plenty of wonderful Dexter beef for you.

Another side effect of our flood and loss of fencing is that we will be having calves a bit earlier next year than we like. That’s okay (the new barn is nearly finished for indoor calving if needed), but it means that a few of the bred cows that we’d planned to sell could be bred by either of our herd bulls. If that’s okay, see our sales list for a good buy on a few really nice cows! We decided that we were okay with a little excitement and “who’s your daddy” will be plenty exciting. The beauty of a fully DNA tested herd is that we will easily be able to identify the sires.

Check our Facebook page for fresh new photos of Rover, Sonny and Hondo calves.

As always, please feel free to contact us to see what’s for sale as sometimes life on the ranch gets in the way of regular updates to our For Sale Page.


RANCH NEWS

This year we will be showing at the Central States Fair in Rapid City, SD instead of the Wyoming State Fair. We hope it gives more people a chance to see Dexters in general, and our Moosters, in particular! We’ll also be headed to Utah for the Dexter Show in early September. Love showing at the Utah State Fair! Our fall trip to Missouri Dexter Breeders Show is a go as well. If you’d like for us to deliver along the way to any of our shows, let us know. Short detours are fine with us!

We are very pleased to announce that the Rocky Mountain Dexter Breeders Club will be having their very first Fall Tour in Wyoming on September 28th and 29th. Good food, fellowship, and some fun learning sessions will be available at no charge. Moosters Meadows is proud to be the host site for that event! Please contact us for more information or check the Rocky Mountain and Moosters Facebook pages for more information as we get closer to the end of September.


Thank you

Moosters have gone to new homes in 2018 (so far) in Montana, Colorado and Utah.  We thank our buyers for their faith in our breeding and know that they are loving their new Dexters as much as we have.  As always, please feel free to contact us to see what’s for sale as sometimes life on the ranch gets in the way of regular updates to our For Sale Page.


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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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