I’m sorry I’ve not posted on the blog for so long…it’s been a rough couple of years. I’ve been struggling with adrenal fatigue, and the old brain just has a hard time thinking clearly to write. I probably will not be posting very regularly yet, but will try to get something up here occasionally, so don’t give up on me yet. I HAVE been keeping the Herdbook, Calf Corner & Stock for Sale pages updated, though, so please check them out. As a quick overview, 2013 was an encouraging year, with a 100% heifer calf crop, which has really grown our little herd! Our very first cow, S&H Hilltop Sara, has come back home after selling her 4 years ago, along with an incredibly nice heifer at her side. And that brings to me our latest, most exciting addition yet…our new future herdsire.
We are delighted to introduce our new young man, Mrald Perfect Lil Milkman, who arrived here about two weeks ago the whole way from WA. When Emerald Park Farm decided to sell him, I jumped at the opportunity, knowing what he had to offer with his bloodlines. He is Knotting bred, top & bottom, and both his grand-dams are high volume producing Galaxy daughters. He has a scrotal structure much like his grand-sire, Serenity Oak Farm Taco, who has proven to significantly tighten udders on his daughters. Needless to say, we have high expectations of the Little Man, and can’t wait to start seeing his daughters here on the farm. We have a big start for him this year, with 7 heifers to breed! He should be a great bull to follow up on the solid foundation laid by Rousseau.
And speaking of Rousseau, yes, he’s still here doing his thing. He has been an excellent foundation herdsire, and his daughters so far are well improved over their dams. This has meant that we are keeping his daughters to breed, and are usually selling their dams on to a new home. We don’t particularly want to linebreed, and while AI is an option we will definitely be putting to use at times, we felt it was time to bring in a second, unrelated bull. Rousseau will not be moving on until either the two of them can’t get along anymore or having two bulls on this property is too hard to manage, we just like him too much. We still have plenty of straws left to sell from Rousseau, so if you want to put him to use in your Dexter herd, see his page in the Herdbook for details.