Dexter cows...

Discussion in 'Home, Garden, and Yard' started by quackandmild, Aug 10, 2020.

  1. quackandmild

    quackandmild Well-Known Member

    Any of y’all have dexter cattle? We are looking at getting a few head and these seem to fit what we are looking for as acre per head, maintenance, and can’t add weight vs meat return weight..
  2. luckless

    luckless Member Forum Sponsor 2011 Turkey Contest Winner

    I don’t have any dexter.

    What are your goals or purpose for owning cattle?

  3. jackie53

    jackie53 Well-Known Member

    Hope I never own a Cow or Horse again..
    If n I do shoot me!!! Please get me outa my misery!!! Folks that enjoy it..More power to ya....Was up to 100 head....NEVER AGAIN!!!
  4. quackandmild

    quackandmild Well-Known Member

    Mostly personal use/ hobby farm, and maybe sell to friends or family who want to buy a whole or half beef. Not trying to be a full blown cattle farmer at the moment.
  5. quackandmild

    quackandmild Well-Known Member

    Raising cattle is all the majority of my in-laws have ever done. One half of the family grew up working a large dairy operation and then switched over to beef cows. The wife’s great uncle runs about 300 or so momma cows for a living and he said it is much less work than the dairy he grew up on. I’m not looking to get that far into it! Lol
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  6. Remington

    Remington Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Totally my opinion and we all know what they are worth......

    Me and the wife thought about buying a dexter or two.....just like you for a hobby (grandkids something to do)/sell a calf or two.....

    After thinking it over.....we decided we could buy 2 cows for 750 to 1000 dollars all in.....have to wait....feed and house......for 9 months before your first calf (return on investment) hits the the earliest.....another 6 months for beef.....

    We settled on goats.....that same 750 to 1000....will buy 7-10 goats.....that drop babies in 5 months and usually 2 or more at a time....then sell at 4-5 months old....

    Space and time played a big role in our decision....

    Just something to think about......
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  7. DonniePowell

    DonniePowell Well-Known Member

    I figure any job is easier than a dairy farm. Those people work their butts off.
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  8. Onetrakd

    Onetrakd Well-Known Member

    The money is in backgrounding calves.

    If you got good fence and grass.
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  9. jackie53

    jackie53 Well-Known Member

    Gotta have land..,Equipment, fuel to run Equipment..And someone to work on and use Equipment..
    Better have lots of money.....

    I like Trees...Tree farmer..No watering Feeding, maintenance..improved Oaks ,
    Improved Pine..Ready to harvest in 5 years.....

    Plant,Let grow..keep fire out..Select cut every 5 years.....Lot easier.......
  10. jackie53

    jackie53 Well-Known Member

  11. gsb77

    gsb77 Well-Known Member

    So you're telling me that you have trees to sell 5 years after planting?
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  12. Onetrakd

    Onetrakd Well-Known Member

    He is in charge of Charlie Browns Christmas tree farm...
  13. jackie53

    jackie53 Well-Known Member

    You want some?
  14. jackie53

    jackie53 Well-Known Member

    Really Missed you!!!
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  15. I’ve had dexters. Sold them and went with miniature Herefords and black angus instead. Feel free to pm me if you would like
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