Welcome to Moosters Meadows
Moosters Meadows is located in the southeastern part of Wyoming, where we have a carefully and thoughtfully bred herd of Dexter Cattle 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 currently numbers around 20 females. Our herd was once much larger, but getting older has encouraged us to lower the crew to a more manageable number. Our herd is split between black and red (we are leaning harder on red these days) with an occasional dun born every now and then. Since 2014, we've chosen to breed only polled Dexters.
Our herd has been deliberately 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.
Testing is important to us. Our entire herd is tested (or born as an obligate) PHA free. We've had several beloved chondrodysplasia carrier cows. As responsible breeders, we only breed these ladies to non-carrier bulls, then test offspring so there is never a question as to the status of the calf. We are fortunate to be able to retain heifers from our own herd, so we have multiple generations from our best lines. It allows us to continue to breed only those with the best qualities for our dual purpose goals.
In 2011, we were bitten by the show bug and we showed our Dexters as opportunity and distance permited. We've enjoyed showing with our fellow breeders and love being able to bring attention to this wonderful little breed. Along with decreasing our herd size, we made the decision in 2022 to continue to support our fellow breeders at shows in any way we can, but we will be leaving our show cattle at home going forward.
All of our Dexters are registered with the American Dexter Cattle Association. We also belong to the Rocky Mountain Dexter Breeders Organization (consisting of folks living in the western states - Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Montana, Idaho and others), the Missouri Dexter Breeders Association, and support other Dexter organizations across the US. We are proud to say that we have Dexters in herds from coast to coast!
We love to talk about our Dexters and welcome calls, emails and texts.
Thanks for stopping by our website. We admit to being slow with updates here, but we do try to stay current on our Facebook page. You can find that link (and simply click on it) at the bottom of any page on our website.
Our Facebook page will soon be filled with endless pictures of spring 2023 calves. It's just so hard to believe that calving season is just around the corner. There's nothing we love more than spring calving, unless maybe it would be fall calving. Just love those babies!
We've long waited to add just the right younger bull prospect to the fold. He arrived from Little Hoof Ranch in Douglas, WY. We were excited to add Little Hoof Cooper to our herd and love the look of his 2023 calves. We've also retained Moosters Rory Calhoun as our junior herd bull. His first calves will be on the ground Fall of 2023.
2023 finds us with fewer Dexters than in the past as we've deliberately reduced our herd size. Getting older means getting slower - and we swear our girls get faster as well! We still have plenty of Moosters to keep us busy.
We are quite excited that the American Dexter Cattle Association Expo Is being held in Salt Lake City this year. What a great opportunity for those of us in the Western States to see a great Dexter Show and have awesome educational offerings as well. We (Chris and Vicki) will be presenting a session on pregnancy testing methods and attending the Expo to lend a hand however we can.
Please feel free to visit our Sales Page. With our smaller herd, 2023 will see fewer Moosters born and offered for sale. We likely won't be announcing any calves for sale until at least June (and since we calved later in 2023, they won't be ready to go to new homes until late fall).
We love to talk about Dexters and welcome calls, texts and emails.
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