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Old 07-18-2018, 09:38 PM
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Originally Posted by jvtater View Post
I can attest that the Dexter's are very easy to handle. You can milk them, eat them, and if shtf use them as oxen. You can easily breed up or down in size with the Dexter's. Which makes it nice, if your wanting bigger or smaller just pick your bull.

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Many on these boards underestimate the usefulness of cattle and overestimate the difficulties of having them. For those with enough land they are great stock and quite versatile.

Originally Posted by thyme2bprepped View Post
It's been years since I started this thread, and I still love our Dexters even though they are bigger than goats. Grass fed Dexter beef is excellent, better than any beef I've ever bought from the store. One sacrificed animal lasts a very long time. They are very mild mannered for the most part. Castration of a bull calf proved difficult, mostly trying to catch him. After he was caught he was ok to deal with, and we're newbs still.

Try to get them without horns or they may learn to wreak havoc on a fence.
I have found that any really/genuinely grass fed beef is a lot better than anything you will buy from a store. It makes me think that what is sold in stores as "grass fed" is probably fake.

Agreed on having polled cattle. That is particularly important for people with limited handling infrastructure (ie yards, crush, headbale etc) and experience - it is the horns that can really hurt you....
It is also important to not accept bad temperament. If you notice bad behaviour from an animal a few times, it is best to get rid of that one and get (or breed) a better behaved replacement. That is the only way to end up with a good herd.

Over the more than twenty years we have been running breeding cattle, we have progressively produced cattle with better temperament. My current bull frequently walks up to me so I can rub his head.

Originally Posted by TENNGRIZZ View Post
I am thinking about cross fencing my place and am looking at MINI- BREEDS OF CATTLE reason being some of them are not much bigger than very large goats and maybe even crossbreeding them some the ones I like are Dexter , Scottish Highland , ZEBU , low line Angus , Hereford and Belted Galloway. I may try and find a dairy farm that uses Jerseys I know a lot of them breed their first calf heifers to small Angus bulls and Bottle raise some heifer calves. My reason being is smaller cattle do less damage to the land and from what I have read these breeds are great foragers and do well as grass fed beef. And in a SHTF butchering a weaned calf would have less waste in warm months. And each of these breeds bring something unique to the table as well. Just something I am thinking about. I like goat meat , lamb as well has chicken , but i really like beef.
Not sure if mini cattle do that much less damage to land. Their hooves are in proportion with their weight so exert about the same ground pressure. Goats and sheep are probably harder on land (despite being individually smaller). Bear in mind that mini cattle breeds (and their crosses) are almost entirely traded in a different market to commercial breeds. That market relies upon private sales, a boutique meat market and self consumption. If you are OK with that then your plan sounds good.
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