Dawn Panda
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Breeding question
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I have a small grade Dexter heifer.  I bought her planning to raise my own beef for my freezer.  I grew up raising Angus and while I love the look of Angus, didn't want the fencing challenges…Continue

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Dawn Panda replied to Dawn Panda's discussion Breeding question
"I think she's sunburned black, going to shed out to black.  Your eyes aren't deceiving you though--she's got a red tint right now.  That young alpaca really takes care of her.  Elsa is really stupid about gates--she…"
Dec 25, 2016
Laura Christofk replied to Dawn Panda's discussion Breeding question
"aaawww. i love seeing everyone get along. is your Dexter red or shedding out to black? "
Dec 19, 2016
Dawn Panda replied to Dawn Panda's discussion Breeding question
"Thanks, Laura.  The dog isn't there to protect Elsa for the main part--she protects the alpacas, chickens and rabbits.  :)  We have had a cougar near and we have bear but I've never had a problem with bears going after…"
Dec 19, 2016
Laura Christofk replied to Dawn Panda's discussion Breeding question
"ugh! i just bbq' d rib eye steaks tonight! they were so marb!ed i thought i should take a photo, but did not. lazy me!!!!  yes i know what you are saying about some grass finished beef. like eating a shoe. but ya know what i say about…"
Dec 19, 2016
Dawn Panda replied to Dawn Panda's discussion Breeding question
"Hmm...do you know how Dexter compares to Angus in terms of marbling?  I expect to pasture raise, with grain supplementation.  I like PRIME meat--the strictly grass-fed I've had wasn't to my taste.  Some of it, I needed a…"
Dec 18, 2016
Dawn Panda replied to Dawn Panda's discussion Breeding question
"She's not registered...she's a grade heifer.  She has Angus in her background--the great-grandsire if I remember correctly.  Since I just want a little girl to raise me a calf every couple of years, I wasn't worried about…"
Dec 18, 2016
Laura Christofk replied to Dawn Panda's discussion Breeding question
"sorry, i misread. i thought you said she was a crossbred, is she registered? if so, i would definitely recommend breeding to a registered Dexter bull. I am not an AI fan as it can sometimes take a frw tries to settle them and can be frustrating and…"
Dec 18, 2016
Laura Christofk replied to Dawn Panda's discussion Breeding question
"If she is 9 months she will still have more growing to do. i think they top out closer to 2.. they are often bred by 14-18 months, but i think some need to wait umtil they are closer to 2. it might be that you are just accustomed to larger calves so…"
Dec 18, 2016
Dawn Panda replied to Dawn Panda's discussion Breeding question
"Thanks, Laura.  I much prefer to eat Angus but unless she has a major growth spurt, I'll have to look for Dexter for her.  I also wanted to out-cross both for hybrid vigor and to avoid the risk of the double-dwarf genes.   A good…"
Dec 18, 2016
Laura Christofk replied to Dawn Panda's discussion Breeding question
"Hi Dawn, Where are you located? Why breed to an Angus? By your description she is somewhat small to breed to most angus bulls i have seen. I am also familiar with the cross but it has been a Dexter bull on an Angus cow, Maybe there is a Dexter…"
Dec 17, 2016
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Breeding question

I have a small grade Dexter heifer.  I bought her planning to raise my own beef for my freezer.  I grew up raising Angus and while I love the look of Angus, didn't want the fencing challenges (really, the rumors aren't exaggerated!) and only have five small acres.  My little Dexter girl is pretty perfect for my set-up.The question I have is hopefully not inappropriate for this forum.  Elsa will probably top out at about 500 lbs; I'd like to breed her to a small Angus bull but am not sure HOW…See More
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