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After a year of looking I found a Dexter bull calf! I'm so excited! He won't be weaned until Nov but that's ok. Did I mention how excited I am??!!
 

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Got it. I figured maybe he'd be used for breeding larger heifers since Dexter's are known for throwing small calves...
Nope. I wanted a pair of milk cows and everything larger gives far more than we need. The cow we have now gives us right at a gallon every morning.
 

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We bought a Dexter bull calf last summer to breed our two Dexter heifers. I still wonder if he's tall enough to do the job. The girls are about 2.5 years old and he's about 16 months IIRC. So far no bullying problems but when I'm in the pen working sometimes he puts his head down low and scuffs that left front foot like he's getting ready to charge. I pray he never does. If he does I hope I can draw and shoot before he gets to me! If so he will do straight to freezer camp. If not . . . . .
 

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I never go into a pen with a loose male. Bull, goat or whatever. I've seen people get hurt that way. My buck wore a collar and I'd call him to the fence/tie post and snap a rope on him before I'd go in. He was bottle raised and just wanted to play but at 180lbs he'd hurt you without trying to.
 

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I am curious how a Dexter cow would do in the heat. We are looking to move in a year to East Texas-ish and I am familiar with the climate in the area we want to move (grew up in Rowlett when it was just one road and a 7-11)
 

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There are quite a few Dexter breeders in Tx. I've talked to 1 near San Antonio, one near Houston and a few near Dallas.
 

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I never go into a pen with a loose male. Bull, goat or whatever. I've seen people get hurt that way. My buck wore a collar and I'd call him to the fence/tie post and snap a rope on him before I'd go in. He was bottle raised and just wanted to play but at 180lbs he'd hurt you without trying to.
Nice Bull, got very nice bone structure.

Better safe than sorry going in pens. I've had to go in pens many times when working cattle... when I didn't want too. But even a gentle bull can hurt you. I had ribs broken once by a bull that just wanted me to scratch his ears, he was like a 2300lb puppy.
 

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I am curious how a Dexter cow would do in the heat. We are looking to move in a year to East Texas-ish and I am familiar with the climate in the area we want to move (grew up in Rowlett when it was just one road and a 7-11)
Dexters do just fine even in south Texas. Only thing we really have to watch out for is dark colored cavles born in the heat of summer.
 

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Dexters do just fine even in south Texas. Only thing we really have to watch out for is dark colored cavles born in the heat of summer.
You have Dexter's??
 

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Nice Bull, got very nice bone structure.

Better safe than sorry going in pens. I've had to go in pens many times when working cattle... when I didn't want too. But even a gentle bull can hurt you. I had ribs broken once by a bull that just wanted me to scratch his ears, he was like a 2300lb puppy.
Yeah we have one of those 2400lb Holstein "puppies". He sure is "gentle" but he doesn't know his own strength. Hunny goes out and pets all over him, sits on Charlies's nose to get lifted up and down and side to side. Hunny says Charlie is just giving him a "ride". While walking from our house to the rent side of the property he likes to follow us and even gives a gentle nudge on the backside. I've seen him do the nudge on hunny once that made him fly forward. . . You always got to be on your toes working with cattle.
 

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