Deciding On A Dexter

| 5/14/2015 11:57:00 AM

Christine NelsonI’ve been pondering a family milk cow for quite some time. OK, I’ve been thinking about it since the day we moved out here, so over a year and a half. I originally thought a cow would not be an option on our small acreage, as I did not want to have to feed hay all year round and do a lot of supplemental feeding.

Everyone told me to get milk goats, and I really did try to convince myself that this was the best option for us to have a home dairy. After reading about and going to see a couple different breeds, I knew that I was a cow person for sure. Goats would involve changing a lot of our fencing and, I’m not going to lie, I found them to be downright annoying. Please don’t send me hate mail all of you goat lovers of the world!

Mini breeds seem to be the new thing lately, so I, of course, looked into the mini Jersey. After about choking on the $5,000 and up price tag, I moved on.

I read blog after blog, hoping for someone to have the exact answer on what kind of cow we should get. Or suddenly convince me that goats were in fact the way we should go. For some reason I thought I would have a magical epiphany on what to do.

My husband, Jacob, came across the Dexter breed, and we were intrigued. The idea of having a dual-purpose animal was appealing. We spoke with a nearby breeder and last summer were able to keep a Dexter cow/calf pair for about five weeks to see what living with cows was like. 

This past month we finally decided it was about time to take the plunge, so we put a deposit down on a heifer calf. She will come home to us this November/December once she is weaned.