Tuesday, March 10, 2009
New Arrivals! Dexter Cows
These are Dexter cattle - a cow who is about two years old and her calf, who is two weeks old today. Dexters are "miniature" but not in the sense that they are bred to be so - they are just a naturally smaller breed, like ponies are smaller than horses. They are considered "dual purpose," good for meat or milk, and are very hardy, docile, and perfect for smaller pastures or more urban areas. They can give 1.5 - 2.5 gallons of milk per day instead of the huge volumes of larger dairy cattle.
I have always been interested in having cows and when I saw these needing a home, I decided to give it a try. They were in a very small space, so when they got unloaded in an acre of pasture they were *very* happy. The baby ran all day. I am still working on names for them.
Mom is not "tame" yet in that she fears people a bit. The calf was handled when born and after but stays close to mom, so for now we sit next to each other but I have to work up to getting them handled. I am thrilled with the new arrivals and so far, they seem mighty pleased at their life upgrade.