Dexter owners and breeders have their FIRST opportunity ever to showcase our wonderful breed of cattle at the MISSOURI STATE FAIR!
This show aims to highlight Dexters and Dexter breeders in their diversity! Those folks who have attended shows and felt their own Dexters, or their own aims for their homestead cattle, were not represented there will have a chance at this event!
Some Dexter breeders raise grass-only beef. Dexters grow well and even fatten and muscle well on good grass. There is a definite health-related market for such beef, with its nutrient profile of CLAs, omega 3, vitamin E, etc. But beef on grass tend to grow more slowly than animals fed grain, and to raise Dexters on grass is not the way to win at a conventional show. But at this show, the judge will be looking at the purpose of the beef steer so grass-only steers should have an equal playing field with “fed steers.”
Some breeders got started in Dexters because of their interest in heritage breeds. The fact that the U.S. has some of what are considered to be the purest Dexters in the WORLD provides an impetus for some breeders to preserve early bloodlines unmixed with later additions to the U.S. Dexter population. This show has a couple of classes which highlight Dexters bred specifically with this aim in mind. The judge will be looking at Dexter history and “breed type” for these classes.
Dexters are intelligent and sometimes are used as draft animals. Sometimes owners want them to pull a cart or wagon in a parade. This show has a couple of classes for animals intended for use as oxen. The judge will be looking at obedience as well as sound structure.
Dexters produce good milk. This show has a class for milkable Dexters in milk, and the judge will look at these animals for their suitability for homestead hand-milking or for a machine-using Dexter dairy. He will be commenting on various ways Dexters meet the profile of a “milk cow.”
Usual classes in shows look at conformation (and there will be those classes, as structure and mobility are important for an animal’s good, productive life). Usual shows may be overly influenced by styles in “big cattle” conformation and perfection in feeding and grooming techniques on cattle who are not known for their easy-calving, hardiness without artificial props, longevity, or docile temperament…things the farmer, small or large, can value. Even though these latter may be top traits we look for, there will always be those important intangibles that shows do not address. But the attempt in this show is to highlight MORE of the specialness of Dexters, to give a fun activity for many breeders with diverse goals and philosophies to meet and enjoy other Dexter lovers, and for all of us to present our beloved breed to State Fair-goers who may never have seen or heard of Dexters in their lives! Come and share the time…and bring your Dexters if possible! Especially try to enter if your Dexter aims are those often overlooked but addressed a bit in classes at this show at this Fair. All three registries’ Dexters are accepted; this event is about our wonderful breed in its diversity!
Some clipping is allowed but not required. If showing is “not your thing” but you have nice Dexters you want to show off (and you can bathe them and lead them on halter), then bring them! And come to participate in the audience even if you don’t bring yours! This should be an educational experience as the judge gives his “reasons” too!
We will be barned (near the ice cream at the Fair!) from August 16-18, when we will have the opportunity to “talk Dexter” with and introduce them to people who come strolling through the barn, and to chat with each other as well as to take care of the animals. We expect to have some informative sessions with individuals focusing on supplementation/nutrition, choosing traits for good mobility/pulling/long life, and another topic or two of general interest. And then the show when the animals will be led through the ring and commented on by a judge is to be at 10 a.m. on August 18 in the MFA Arena. We hope you will come!
Dexie brings you news across the backpasture fence!
Pages updated 12-27-2015
COMING JANUARY 2016
Legacy will add a non-genotyped section to the Legacy registry in hopes of preserving and making a record of Dexters whose owners do not wish to participate or cannot afford the additional cost of genetic testing.
In order to register their Dexter the owner must submit tailhairs and give permission that the animal may be genotyped at Legacy expense should there be a desire or need to do so. In this way, future owners or descendents of these Dexters will have an opportunity to be qualified for registry in all Dexter registries.
Setting up the needed changes will take a bit but you can still register using the existing system and Legacy will communicate by email if necessary.
PLEASE join Legacy in providing the opportunity to have a record of your Dexter. Email: ShareTheLegacy@aol.com with questions
VISIT THE WORLD DEXTER REGISTRY ! ! LegacyDexterCattleRegistry.com
ADD YOUR GENOTYPED DEXTER TO THE LEGACY REGISTRY. This permanent record is YOUR Legacy as owner, and your Dexter's Legacy in this unique breed of cattle.
WORLD OWNERS NOTE: The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory of the University of California is a world renowned laboratory. VGL developed DNA testing in cattle in the 1950s and has worked with owners, breed associations and livestock groups during the decades. YOU can easily DNA genotype your Dexter through Legacy. The cost is $25.00 US, and once you have completed a service application you will be forwarded the test form and an import certificate. SIMPLE PROCESS.
For Dexter owners who do NOT register in their native countries, ( and for those that do)! Please make a record of your Dexter. This is a small price to pay for a permanent "FOREVER" record of your Dexter. The cost is minimal. No associatioin, no membership fees, no politics. JUST GIVE YOUR DEXTER A PERMANENT IDENTITY. Email: LegacyDatabase@aol.com
Previously on this website an article was uploaded regarding the crisis in the numbers of Legacy/traditional cattle being registered.Recently ADCA registrations covering a year ( births in 2011, 2012, and all of 2013 through 12-31-2013) were compilied on Excel worksheets and divided into categorie based on the pedigree. The pedigree categories are detailed in the PDF file uploaded and available below.
THESE ARE DEVASTATING NUMBERS FOR THE HERITAGE HORNED DEXTER BREED
The genetic engineering of the Dexter breed from a minor HORNED heritage breed of cattle to a standard polled breed continues with rapid changes to our breed. The Dexter breed in the US is now40% of actual polled animals and over 50% of all bulls being registered are POLLED.
An astonishing 70% of ALL registrations have ONE bull in the pedigree, Saltaire Platinum, as the polled ancestor and **86%** of ALL registrations now have a pedigree with a modern UPGRADED imported bull. This in a herd where American breeders are NOT permitted to upgrade their herds on American farms.
A PDF with the actual statistics by individual registration number, pedigree information on imported bulls, and the actual worksheets is available below for viewing or download. You can also request a copy via email to: Sharethelegacy@aol.com
How can YOU help? If you are a traditional breeder educate yourself on the Dexter bloodlines and check on pedigrees when you purchase an animal or making breeding decisions. Breed Legacy cows to Legacy bulls and traditional animals to Legacy or tradiitonal bulls. If you are a polled breeder, RETURN the traditional cattle you have used to breed polled to traditional breeding or breeders.
THINK ON THIS: ONCE THE HORNS ARE REMOVED THEY CAN NEVER BE REPLACED. POLLED IS A DOMINANT GENETIC TRAIT.
ONCE OUR PHENOTYPE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO THE CURRENT 'ANGUS'-TYPE PREVALENT NOW IN MANY PASTURES IT WILL TAKE MUCH WORK TO RETURN DEXTERS TO THEIR UNIQUE PHENOTYPE OF YEARS PAST!
PLEASE HELP PRESERVE THIS WONDERFUL BREED OF CATTLE AS THEY WERE WHEN ORGANIZED INTO THE BREED NAMED DEXTERS!
LATEST NEWS: LEGACY HAS ADDED THE THESIS FOR THE DEXTER RESEARCH PROJECT IN IRELAND. THE LINK TO DOWNLOAD THE FILE IS DIRECTLY BELOW AND TO THE LEFT OF THE CARDIFF RESEARCH REPORT.
IT IS INTERESTING TO COMPARE THE RESULTS OF THE REPORT.
SOME BACKGROUND INFORMATION.
CARDIFF RESEARCH - INCLUDED SAMPLES FROM AMERICA FROM ANIMALS SHOWING PEDIGREES THAT COULD BE TRACED TO THE ORIGINAL IRISH IMPORTS - NO ANIMALS FROM THE ENGLISH UPGRADE/APPENDIX REGISTRY - NO PARDON BULLFINCH.
A SAMPLE FROM PARNDON BULLFINCH WAS ALSO INCLUDED IN THE AMERICAN SUBMISSION.
THERE WAS A GROUP OF DEXTERS FROM THE WOODMAGIC HERD, A GROUP FROM ONE OF THE OLDER HERDS STILL EXISTING IN ENGLAND, YPSITTY HERD, AND A GROUPING FROM THE GENERAL ENGLISH POPULATION.
IRISH RESEARCH - RESEARCH COVERED THE IRISH CATTLE HERDS INCLUDING KERRY AND DEXTER. ALL ANIMALS CURRENTLY IN THE IRISH DEXTER POPULATION WERE RE-POPULATED FROM ENGLAND DURING THE LAST FEW DECADES OF THE 90'S BEGINNING WITH ANIMALS FROM THE ENGLISH SHADWELL HERD.
******** THE CARDIFF REPORT HAS BEEN UPLOADED AND CAN BE FOUND ON THE BOTTOM RIGHT HAND CORNER OF THE "BREED IN CRISIS" PAGE.
In 2005 Legacy submitted samples of Dexter cattle with pedigrees showing NO introgression from the UK appendix registry established in the mid 1940's. These samples were evaluated with the other samples collected from UK herds.
Legacy was given a copy of the COMPLETE thesis based on this research which was never distributed. A portion of the research was condensed and published in scientific journals. Tim Bray has since given permission for the complete work to be distributed and Legacy now makes their copy available to those who might be interested. The document is being uploaded in PDF form and is over 250 pages in length which is a considerable download. If you would like a PRINTED copy of the report ( available in a three ring binder) . . . the cost is $25.00 which includes first class mailing fees. You can send check or pay with Paypal. For more information or to order a hard copy email SHARE THE LEGACY@AOL.COM
Legacy alert !
Attention Dexter genotype registry participants. As a continuation of the Legacy mission to raise awareness of the rapid loss of traditional Dexter bloodlines and an ongoing effort to provide information necessary for breeders concerned with preserving these traditional Dexter cattle bloodlines the final step in the plans for the online pedigree registry have now been implemented and all Legacy registration numbers are changing with an additional alpha digit added to designate the registry division of your Dexter. It will take some time to complete the updates of each registration. Upon completion breeders FOR THE FIRSTTIME will have readily available the information on the pedigree status of animals they intend to use for breeding. Breeders/owners, potential purchasers, and researchers will also have an unprecedented opportunity to research phenotype and genotype traits as more and more pedigrees fill with with PURPLE. Exciting "stuff" that really matters is being brought to you singularly by Legacy! Jump on the PURPLE Dexter and join the ride! The registry now provides search capabilities according to the following divisions.
LH Legacy Horned RARE- LESS THAN 50 TH Traditional Horned AT RISK MH Modern Horned NUMBERS DECREASING MP Modern Polled FAST TRACKING NUMBERS
More information will follow - - direct questions to: SharetheLegacy@aol.com