Welcome to Blanchard Creek Dexters
Our two beautiful brood cows and our gorgeous bull are for sale.
We want them to stay together and so we are offering a discount. You will only pay $5,400 for the three of them if you are willing to purchase them together. They are best friends, and perfectly matched in temperament. This small herd is your perfect start for your new, small operation, or to enhance your existing operation. Both girls are bred by Beau, with estimated April due dates.
Read on to learn about our special Dexters.
It started in 2008 with research into the best bovine breed for a small farm. A breed that could produce milk. A breed that can convert green grass and hay to beef most efficiently. And a breed that is docile. The search was for the multi-purpose family cow. And after much study, the perfect breed for all three requisites presented itself: The Dexter Breed.
The next step was to search for the best of the best breeders to start our small herd. After over a year of continued searches, many phone calls, more searches with much more reading, I found my mentors and premier breeders.
Dr. Gabriella Nanci of Belle Fourche Farm: “Our breeding goals have remained very similar to what they were in 1988; small proportionate animals with good udders, good dual purpose characteristics, and gentle dispositions; the ideal family cow. After more than 25 years breeding for these goals, we have created a very consistent herd”.
Stefani Millman of Emerald Park Farm: “Breed Standard – A dual-purpose animal is bred to serve two functions: Milk and beef. The Dexter is to be compactly built, shorter in length than that of a true dairy breed but thicker in the thighs, hips, loin, and shoulders. Its disposition should be easy to handle and docile as its main purpose is to be a family cow. It should not be overly large and tall, nor should it be excessively small.”
The two of these impressive women co-authored Dexter Cattle, A Breeders’ Notebook. Gabriella and Stefani made themselves hugely accessible to me as I got my start, to my everlasting gratitude.
My cattle have their roots in the expertise of these mentors with their focus on selective breeding: proper conformation including focus on feet and legs, udder support, testicular correctness, docility, and productive selectiveness.
As bonuses, I’m also partial to polled animals , animals that are less bothered from flies, super mothering qualities, super duper docility (meaning not being jerks to their owners or to others in the herd) and less proclivity to scours. Stefani laughed and said “Ah yes, Elena. You are going for the Cadillac with leather upholstery.” These are the goals of selective breeding. We’re well on the way.
Our heifers will enhance similar goals for your own breeding program. Check out our girls and their excellent qualities and pedigree.
As an after note, Stefani kids me that I am a horrible photographer. I strongly agree. In my defense, the sun, the uneven lay of the land, nor my cattle care much about cooperating. That being said, cattle on the move help the viewer to discern proper conformation of legs and feet. Check out the ‘on the move photos.’
Our Small and Special Herd
They are all polled, Chondro and PHA non-carriers, and have very nice conformation with perfect legs and feet. They are super docile, nice to each other and to humans. (We culled a couple who weren’t as nice.) All have their genetic markers records at UC Davis. All have their roots in Belle Fourche and Emerald Park stock.
Five Star Beau is our homozygous-polled, handsome bull who thinks he’s a dog. He’s been trained not to play with his head, but loves to get scratched all over. For being gentle with his big head and strong neck, he is rewarded with vigorous scratching under his jaw which is his favorite. He is very protective of his girls, and gentle with his new calves. We’ve seen him take the lead in facing/chasing down unwelcome canines in his pasture who get too close to his herd. But he’s on a nose-kissing basis with our own canines.
Our Brood Cows
Buttertosh Blanchard Creek is our beautiful brood cow whose dam Svo Sos Butter and sire Belle Fourche Macintosh passed their extraordinary qualities to their heifer. Buttertosh is correct, beefy, has a perfect udder and is friendly to her herd and humans alike. Just like her Dam, she’s an incredibly attentive Mama, and she gives us awesome milk. Last year, once per day, I would prevail on her bull (steer) calf to share with me. That little guy would take one side and I’d take the other. Periodically, he’d tuck his head all the way under, giving me a snort, not appreciating the daily interloper. Tosh never seemed to mind.
This year I’m not milking Tosh. Her heifer, destined to be an awesome brood cow in her own right, gets everything.