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 calving is over and we are beginning to evaluate the excellent calves that have arrived. This year brings us the first of the Moosters Red Rover calves and we are liking what we see out of this son of Sonny. Rover will be the sire of nearly all of the fall 2018 calves and will be used on a nice sized group of the “girls” this summer as well.
Check our Facebook page for fresh new photos of Rover, Sonny and Hondo calves.
We are hoping to use a few AI bulls this year as well to increase our genetic pool. Stay tuned for the breeding choices!
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.
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! There will also be Moosters in Salina, KS at the ADCA National Show and Annual General Meeting in June.
We are very pleased to announce that the Rocky Mountain Dexter Breeders Club will be having their very first Fall Tour in Wyoming. 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.
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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