Everything You Need to Know
We get a lot of questions about pricing our cattle. Quite often people who haven’t bred cattle are shocked as to how much a quality animal costs. Let me preface the rest of this by saying: We breed quality animals. If you are looking for a cheap animal, purchasing from our farm is probably not for you. We take pride in how we run our farm, the care given to our animals, and the care in breeding them. There are weeks where this place looks a hot mess due to whatever our focus for that week may be, but rest assured our hearts are still poured into our animals and our farm daily.
Registered Dexter quality animals are relatively inexpensive compared to the top 10% of larger registered cattle breeds. Many Dexter breeders do not price by conformation, but by genetic traits like color or horned vs polled. Because of this, if you know what you are looking for, you might be able to find a good Dexter priced for less than other lesser-quality animals from the same herd. We occasionally hear the “we got a deal” from another breeder comment. The fact is the animal may be the best-conformed (or worst-conformed) animal in the herd, and priced lower because it is horned, black, or red.
Alternatively, some breeders specialize in producing top quality conformation. This has largely occurred through very selective breeding. Cattle from our herd will run between $1500 and $5000, depending on conformation, age, breeding status, and bloodlines. When you pay this much for an animal, you are paying for time. You will not have to go through generations of selection to breed out certain problems that are otherwise common in the breed such as weak udders and feet or bad dispositions. We were blessed to start with a great foundation herd and now our focus is on maximizing genetic diversity. The resulting animal is what we sell to you.
Our goal as a breeder is to not just introduce you to Dexters, but to introduce you to THE BEST Dexters.
All of that being said, we understand not everyone can afford nor wants top quality animals. We will occasionally have those Dexters on the lower end of the price range as we breed out conformation problems in our herd. These animals will solely be sold to individuals who homestead or own hobby farms and simply want a pet or a nice cow in their pasture. Understand if you choose to breed these animals, you could still get a bad udder or disposition in its progeny.
WHITE DEXTER BREEDING
Our White Dexter breeding program consists of WDCR White Dexter bulls bred to quality ADCA Dexter cows. The result is an increase in genetic diversity into the White Dexter breed, retaining a consistent breeding program keeping the true feet, legs, and udders conformation of the Dexter breed, selecting for white offspring. OCCASIONALLY, we may breed a WDCR cow or heifer to a WDCR bull, but those will be few and far between because we believe most White Dexter genetics are still too weak to be bred white to white this early in the breed. The goal of our breeding program is to work on better conformation AND select for white offspring. This is not an easy feat.
As a reminder: Beware of purchasing a white bull, cow, or heifer that has black/red points but it is not registered in WDCR registry. The White Dexter name was trademarked and no other breeder should legally use the name.