Raising Quality Registered Irish Dexter Cattle
Irish Dexter : The perfect cow for small acreage farms
The Irish Dexter Cattle are a rare breed raised for both beef and milk. They are small , making them easy on pastures, hardy, low maintenance, and having good temperments they are gentle and easy to handle. Known for being easy calvers they generally need no assistance calving. Dexters can have horns or be polled and can be black , red, or dun in color. Because Dexters are good foragers they economically turn grass and marginal scrubland into lean good quality beef and rich milk . With all their good qualities they have been growing in popularity as an old fashioned family cow.
We are a small  family farm located east of Arlington next to the foot hills of the Mt. Baker 
 Snoqualmie National  Forest.  Here at Heather Meadows Dexter Farm we strive to farm 
using sustainable methods in harmony with our enviornment. Our Dexters are raised  all
natural in pastures with no hormones, antibiotics, chemical pesticides, or herbicides, believing
 pastured, and grass fed they are truly healthier and happier. We handle our Dexters from birth
with care, haulter training and working with them for breeding and show. You can see the
gentleness and good temperment of Dexters as you walk among them out in the pasture, watching
them eagerly come up to you wanting brushed and petting. We milk a couple of our cows enjoying
 the rich milk making creamy butter and good tasting cheese. Our grass fed and finished Dexter is
lean, tender, providing our customers with wholesome and great tasting beef.
 We grow 3 different varieties of blueberries and apples, as well as other fruits such as peaches, pears,
cherries, and plums. From our garden we harvest vegetables grown naturally fresh picked in season 
using our own composted manure for fertilizer.     

              Tommy Girl has had our first calf of 2014. A beautiful heifer "Wuffy" in memory of a wonderful sister in the Lord.

Easter with the new baby rabbits born to Buttercup
We played with all of them several times during the day. They are now well use to being handled.
On to the best part of the day, riding Coco! Jordie was so excited she had to be first. Don was a little skeptical Coco was this gentle, but as soon as I led him out of the pen and around to the front he was won over. By the time we finished our first ride around the farm Jordie wanted to ride again.
Not to be out done by his sister Ben was next.
When we finished and Ben got off Jordie was in a flash back
on Coco wanting another ride. She is fearless. Coco was so
good letting the kids ride.
Next came the tractor rides. Of course Jordie was first.
She was very determined to steer that tractor just exactly
where she wanted it to go.

Ben was just as determined. We had a lot of fun. With the knowledge that calves were coming soon they would not leave until Grandpa Don promised they could come back to see the new calves. It is always fun to have friends come to visit the farm.
Clover had a beautiful dun bull calf. He looks just like Coco did when he was born. Donncha is already prancing around like he owns the whole pasture. Only took him about 2 1/2 hours. He is strong and very curious. Wuffy now has someone to play with.

We added  3 Turkeys to the farm last year. Being told they were Standard Bronze, with 2 toms and one hen. We butchered one of the toms for Thanksgiving. He was sooooo good. He did LOOK a little big, but you know they fluff out their feathers and strut around looking good for the hen so.... Check out the picture!!!!!

47 pounds!!!
He did JUST fit in the oven and only took 7 hours to cook.  We found out the turkeys were not Standard Bronze, but Large Breasted Bronze. Of course the other tom is too large to breed the hen so he is going in the freezer. The hen is still laying eggs,31 so far. She will be dinner this Thanksgiving.  My husband says they taste like chicken eggs. It only takes 1 to make a large omelet.

We did turkeys again this year, 4 Narragansett's and 1 Bourbon Red. We  have 3 hens and 2 toms and will keep one pair for breeding. I have to decide if I'm going to keep the Bourbon Red as it turns out he is a Tom. The other tom is a Narragansett as are the 3 hens.  I might keep the Bourbon Red and cross with the Narragansett or just keep a Narragansett tom and hen. Decisions, decisions!!  Our older tom is teaching the younger boys what to do. It is a riot to watch. I've been corrected and these are not Narragansett but Standard  Bronze. Very disappointed that we paid for and thought were Narragansett. We learned "ALWAYS" buy from a reputable breeder. We will try again next year. Never the less they still taste very good.



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