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 PHA and 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.
Lucien , China's legacy. He's as wide as he is tall and exhibits excellent type. His first calf crop is impressive!
Bonnie , the battle ax. Now the oldest cow in the herd, always wary , always watchful.
For us she's one of the most beautiful and sweet cows: magnificent Maude
The third Tuck/ Vi daughter and the best one yet. She's my best friend in the herd and would probably sleep on the couch if I let her. Matilda!
Samantha , the mascot. Boop has long lines, depth, great hips and, above all, type.
Bibi , the beloved. She is pretty much perfect.
Zoe impressed me with her first calf. She shows strong maternal instinct and has developed a lovely udder.
We used Canwell Sooty twice before, but the cows had not nearly Matilda's quality. Neva could end up staying, she's so nice.
A former bottle baby from TSU and resident sidekick to all in need. I'm convinced that every herd needs a Tater.
Lucien x Zoe
He's nicely put together and has the genetics we like.Pictured at 3.5 months.
Lucien x Maude
The continuation of a favorite maternal line. She knows she's special! Pictured at 4 weeks old.
Lucien x Boop
Lucy is already a friendly little thing, just like the cow she is named after. She also has the looks to make her an instant favorite. Pictured at just under two weeks.
Lucien x Bibi
What a cutie! She's got some great genetics behind her, so it's no wonder she sold within five minutes of being born.
Lucien x Bonnie
The late January surprise calf. Now all planning for 2025 is off.
Pictured at four days.
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.