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 and the Purebred Dexter Cattle Association. We also belong to Rocky Mountain Dexter Breeders Association (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


Summer is in full swing in Wyoming. We aren’t sure what the heck happened to our spring, but it certainly provided us with plenty of rain at all the right times (and stayed cooler longer than we’ve ever seen). At the moment, it’s early August and our pastures still have abundant green grass. It’s amazing!

Spring calving is finished. We have to say that the bulls won this year. Nearly 2/3 of our calves were male. Maybe we’ll have all heifers in the fall to make up for it. We are almost 50/50 every single year. Nearly all of our calves were sired by Hondo (as we predicted due to last year’s flood). We are forever grateful for genotyping and parent verification so that we know the sires for sure.

With that many males, we’ve had the luxury of setting aside some amazing calves as bull prospects for 2020 herd sires. The rest will be steers and are already sold. If you are going to be in the market for a new young bull for next year, let us know. We will add you to our wait list.

2019 is also the year of the change in the Moosters bull. Sonny left us last year for warmer climates. This year, after five excellent years of calves, it was Hondo’s turn to move on to his new home in Utah. We miss him every day but have kept enough of his offspring (and their offspring) to know that it was time to choose a new guy for our herd. Rover can’t do it all since he’s closely related to a number of our Mooster girls as well.

We are pleased to announce the new guy, Tinney’s Apollo, has arrived and is romancing his own herd this summer. It’s an exciting time for us. The search for just the right bull, with the conformation and attitude that works so well here, took much longer than we’d ever anticipated. We can’t wait to see Apollo’s calves in the spring! Thank you Skip Tinney for allowing us to purchase Apollo.

This fall we will also have a few calves coming via AI from CJs Archie over at Little Hoof Ranch. We’ll also have a Tama Titanium calf arriving in November as well. We also added two new beauties from the Sprague herd in Iowa – welcome to full sister’s Jo and Janell. In addition, Gwen will be making her long trip “home” from Shining Cross Livestock in Kansas. She’s an AI daughter of Llanfair’s Finnigan. He’s long gone, but thanks to the wonder of AI, he will live on through her.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for Fall birth announcements. We are so excited to see this year’s group of fall babies!


Thank you

We thank each and every one of you who have purchased our Moosters this year. Your continued faith in our breeding is appreciated more than you know. Our new friendships are so important to us and we value every moment with our “old” Dexter friends as well. As always, please feel free to contact us to see what we have available for sale. There are times when life out here gets in the way of regular updates to our Sales 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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