We began being interested in Dexters in 2015. The fascination was the little black cow that could do it all: gourmet beef and creamy milk, even pull a plow if asked to do so. That Dexters are a heritage breed originating from Ireland meshed well with our philosophy of conservation and personal roots. While Dexters have become quite popular in the United States, it has been tantalizing -and difficult at times- to find the historic phenotype and maintain true dual-purpose qualities with excellent conformation and a generous, friendly demeanor. You will find a small herd of (de-) horned black cows here, ready to be your friend and work their hearts out for you. Our cattle are obligate PHA-free and, except for one carrier cow, chondro-free.
Throughout this journey we have been guided and mentored by some of the most wonderful people in Dexterdom to whom we will always be grateful. They continue to support us with their friendship, wisdom and unfiltered honesty. Keep us on the straight and narrow, ladies and gents! We couldn't do this without you.
Jesse Diocletian Sears, Dave's grandfather, was born in 1880 in upstate New York. As a young farmer he dreamed the dream of the perfect cattle herd. He took his beloved Red Poll Cattle, by train, to shows all over New England and was rewarded when one of his cows took the title of Grand Champion. He married and had children. Life, while hard, was good.
In the early 1910s the government issued a bovine tuberculosis eradication program and when cows in his county tested positive, Jesse had to watch while his cattle were killed and burned. He was never the same.
Our farm name and prefix are a nod to the man. The dream lives on.
Poppy is handsome and he knows it. Our second SMD bull, he combines the very best of dual-purpose genetics available in the US today. Great expectations!
The matron of the herd, China is the aunt to calves and the quiet center. She is the embodiment of longevity, fertillity and health.
The diva who loves her routine, Violet will quell any argument and maintain the peace. Her calves are personable and as beautiful as she is.
Bonnie came to us in September of '19. Classic looks on a wide frame, classic pedigree and the most beautiful udder.
Eleanor is able to hold her own in any setting. She is maturing into quite the spectacular cow.
Since rethinking the herd, Madeline is the only chondro carrier left. Seriously, who could resist her?
Simply gorgeous. Bessie is a long awaited non-chondro daughter of Bennan of Paradise.
Another exquisite daughter for Violet, Maude will be just as fantastic as big sister Eleanor.
Only available because of a herd dispersal, Holly is proof that it pays to know pedigrees.
The third Tuck/ Vi daughter and the best one yet. Even at a week old she shows the depth and hips I want in the herd. Matilda will stay!
He took extra time to bake and now he thinks he's all that and a bag of chips. I'll keep my eyes on this one!
(Tuck x China)
Bonnie's latest calf and our last Tuck offspring. He doesn't have a name yet. Simply gorgeous.
Tuck is a true treasure. His exceptional conformation, proven dual-purpose genetics and mild, patient character have been a boon to the herd. The best bull east of the Mississippi and, yes, I'm biased.
Half rescue, half preservation, we had the privilege of caring for Jody during the short time she had remaining. Rest easy, dear friend. So much love.