Traditionally Horned Dexter Cattle
2 Men & A Hen raises Traditionally Horned Dexter Cattle which are registered, genotyped, tested for chondrodysplasia, color, and parent identified. We currently register our Dexters with Legacy, the Purebred Dexter Cattle Association (PDCA), and the American Dexter Cattle Association (ADCA). As of June 1st 2020 we will no longer register our Dexter cattle with the ADCA. All of our cattle will continue to be registered with Legacy and PDCA. Any people that wish for their cattle to be transfered from the PDCA to the ADCA can do so according to the ADCA rules and guidlines. We do more than the ADCA required genetic testing and all of our cattle are registered or offspring of registered ADCA cattle. This change has occured due to the tremendous lack of support we have personally recieved from the ADCA. They make registration and communication nearly impossible with the registrar. Their registration and payment software are not user friendly at all. Our goal is to preserve the traditional dual purpose characteristics of the Dexter breed as well as maintain small, hardy, and family friendly Dexter cattle.
At 2 Men & A Hen we love Dexter Cattle and have a deep passion for the original breed standard. Our goal for our Dexter herd is to produce Traditionally Horned Dexter cattle with excellent temperaments, amazing conformation in all three acceptable colors (black, dun, and red). We do not plan to keep giant cattle on our farm and have always wanted smaller more manageable cattle. We chose Traditionally Horned Dexters for this reason. You will notice than many of our dexters do not have horns. This is because we elected to have their horns removed at a very young age to show our customers that you can preserve amazing genetics and still have cattle without horns.
2 Men & A Hen plans to maintain a closed herd of cattle after the spring of 2019 when 5 more cows will be coming from Lakeport Farms. We plan to do this through stringent breeding practices within our herd. We currently have two bulls one is not related to any of our cattle as his dam was brought to Lakeport Farms after being bred. His name is Eros. He is a chondro positive bull that carriers dun color genetics from an older dam (Dinsmore Farm Inky). Inky birthed Eros at the age of 20 and had another calf just before her 21st birthday. Eros comes fro very durable chondro genetics. Our bull that is more closely related to our cows is Lakeport Farms Miles. He is an extremely handsome small chondro negative bull that carries traditional red he is the half brother of some of our younger heifers. His personality is amazing and his size is unbelievably small for a nonchondro bull. We love Miles.
We believe in strict breeding of our cattle and culling those whom do not meet extremely high standards. If you see a bull for sale from us it is important that you realize he for sale not because we want to get rid of him but because he has excellent temperament, conformation, and genetics.
Every single one of our breeding Dexter cattle has been through significant genetic testing at UC Davis. All heifers and bulls will go through the same rigorous genetic testing before being sold.
2 Men & A Hen has fostered an amazing relationship with Lakeport Farms. We have been fortunate enough that Hans & Sheril have become our mentors and friends in raising cattle. Our herd of Traditional Dexters originated from their best stock and we are eternally thankful for their guidance and support.