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Bull For Sale

We’re changing some of the direction of our herd and I wanted to keep our readers informed. We’ve concluded that our herd bull and first registered Dexter, Shome Breaburn, just doesn’t have he beef genetics that we need. So, although we still love smaller cattle, Braeburn is for sale.
We will be keeping some Dexter cows to cross to our new bull, along with our beltie heifers.
Below is a picture of Braeburn this spring and a picture of our new Lowline Angus bull, Doc Nathan. I’m going to call him Little Doc. He’s a son of Doc Holliday and should only be 48″ or less when he’s full grown.
As our herd grows, we may sell more of our purebred Dexters so feel free to inquire about them or Braeburn.
Email me at steven@franciscanfamilyfarms.com

3 comments to Bull For Sale

  • I’d be curious as to your breeding program thoughts.

    I run black baldies. Boring, I know, but that’s a pretty good choice around here.

  • We’re not experts in any way but we have some basic rules that we are trying to follow.
    One is that we want to keep our herd either “medium” to “small” in frame score and another is that we want to have a high percentage of “old” genetics. These resulted in us starting our herd with Dexters. We then found a local farmer that was raising a dozen unregistered belted Galloways and decided to add a few of those (only two heifers for now). We expect that the old blood of the Galloways will do well on pasture and right now we have two fat heifers and 3 steers that I’d like to see getting fatter.
    As I said above, our registered Dexter bull just wasn’t wide or thick enough so we started keeping and eye out for a small but beefy bull and ended up finding this 15/16ths Lowline out of “Doc Holiday”. We think that he will cross very well with both Dexters and Belties. You can find people online that have crossed them both. Actually and 35 year Dexter breeder suggested using a Lowline bull once we had the number of cows that we wanted.

    I guess there isn’t much left to say other than why we want “old” genetics. Basically, we know that many breeders send potential bulls though “feed tests” and specifically select for bulls that do well on corn, we don’t want this at all. We want easy fleshing small cattle that can, given enough time, marble well on grass alone.

    Any thoughts? Hopefully we won’t change our minds every year but we think that one way to be successful is to decide when we might have something wrong and change it. If we are stubborn and stick to our guns about something that isn’t working… well it might not make the best grass fed beef and there for might not make a profitable farm.

  • Adam Cloke

    Hi, I came across your website whilst searching for people who had crossed Lowlines with Dexters. We have 2 of only 3 Lowline Angus bulls in the UK and have put them on our 2 long legged Dexters. They both calved this week and gave us two healthy calfs, a heifer 18kg 18″ high out of our heifer and a bull calf 30kg and 23″ out of our 6yr old cow.
    I would be really interested to hear how you are getting on with your lowline, what are the calfs like? How well does the meat sell and more importantly how does it taste? Ideally we would have liked to have pure Lowlines but it is not possible to import live animals and the cost of embryo transfer is £1500 per embryo! Which is out of our price range. What price do you get for your finished animals? Do you finish them totally on grass? What weight are they finished?
    Sorry for asking so many questions but would really appreciate any information and advice you could offer. Many thanks, look forward to hearing from you,
    Thanks Adam