As these defects are carried on double- recessive
genes, they only create problems when a
carrier male impregnates a carrier female.
If a NON-carrier bull is used, there is no issue with
the defects even when using females that are carriers.
One can breed females sired by a NON-carrier bull
back to their sire without a potential problem
with PHA or Chondro.
Selecting PHA-free and Chondro-free BULLS,
therefore, relieves a breeder of concern over
the PHA and Chondro status
of their cows and heifers.
We at Five Ponds test our bull calves (via Pfizer's lab)
for PHA and may test heifers if they are not from
parents that are both tested to be non-carriers.
Our stock are Chondrodysplasia-free.
|Lone Pine Farms Klondike, our well-known Dexter herd sire. He is handsome, intelligent, friendly,
and extremely gentle. Naturally polled, he measures 45" at the hip, and is dun carrying red.
Klondike sires beautiful, robust calves that compare to the finest Dexters available anywhere.
|Sally finding Heather's itch
(click photo to enlarge it and
see Heather's expression!)
|Neener-neener; catch me if you can...
a golden boy plays with his auntie
a gorgeous polled heifer
as they are naturally about half the size of standard breeds. That makes
them of particular interest to those with family or small farms.
DEXTERS have an interesting history and are on the recovering list of the
American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.
IRISH DEXTER CATTLE are triple-duty animals, providing high quality meat,
an excellent supply of milk, and can serve as oxen as well.
DEXTERS will eat low-quality forage that many other cattle will not eat.
Most DEXTER heifers and cows calve easily and are good mothers.
Dexter cows produce a nice milk supply on a grass-only diet.
of cattle, as they produce small babies that are easy to calve.
We enjoy some cross-breeds, too.
|FIVE PONDS FARM , Thomasville, Missouri.
Please call : 417-764-3641 or e-mail us: marian@ fivepondsfarm.com
|IRISH DEXTER CATTLE
long-legged (Kerry-type, non- Chondrodysplasia). We keep as closed a herd as
possible to minimize the possibility of importing disease and other problems.
Offerings include naturally polled and horned Dexter cattle and Dexter crosses.
Our bulls available for sale are usually tested for PHA (see below for more about this).
As you may note, we have calves in a variety of different shades of dun and red,
as well as black Dexters, some of which may carry either or both dun and red.
Our DEXTERS are "easy-keepers" in that they are raised on pasture (and hay in winter)
and free-choice minerals including kelp. Our cattle are NOT generally supplemented
with other feeds to "beef them up." They DO, however, enjoy the petting
and scratching we give them daily to help maintain their pet-like attitudes.
Our Dexter cows are very amenable to milking, and we aim for superbly gentle
temperament and superior udder shape and teat length as well as overall beefy conformation.
|We welcome any and all inquiries about Irish DEXTER Cattle.
For more information about this special breed, good sites to visit are:
the American Dexter Cattle Association
and the Purebred Dexter Cattle Association of North America.
What about AI? ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION is NOT used on FIVE PONDS FARM.
The use of hormones on the females is often an integral part of today's AI.
Because we raise our livestock as naturally as we can, AI is not consistent
with our program. Our exceptional bull sires calves naturally, as the Creator intended.
|All photos on this website are property of Five Ponds Farm;
use and duplication by permission only.
in which to
interfere in the
Interested in our animals but can't figure out how to get them home?
see our pal Jerri at www.homesteadersupply.com.
Be sure to ask her for her easy Chedder/Colby
recipe -- just mention "Jerri Cheese!"
|PHA (Pulmonary Hypoplasia with Anasarca)
and Chondro (Chondrodysplasia)
|Click the following links to view:
our DEXTER CATTLE for SALE
our DEXTER CROSS-BREEDS for SALE
our DEXTER MEAT for SALE
FREE DAYLILY with livestock purchase from Five Ponds Farm
On October 12, 2010, Klondike suffered a broken leg.
We are devastated to have had to slaughter this exceptional bull.
He will live on here, however, via one of his 630+ descendants,
his grandson SGF SSEA Bruno (pictured to right). Acquired through
Dexter expert John "Bull Whisperer" Potter's generosity,
Bruno is expected to turn out looking much like his grandpa.
He is polled, dun, PHA-free and Chondrodysplasia-free,
and as gentle as the day is long.
|Carry on the Klondike legend!
(soon there will be no more Klondike calves)