Amadeus Dexters was founded in 2007 by the present owner, Hedrik Strydom and his 2 sons, Johann and Henco. In March 2010, they register the stud at the S A Studbook. Today, Amadeus Dexter counts under the top Dexter studs in the country.
Die klub is 'n sterk deelnemende klub met lede uit die Vrystaat, Noord Kaap en Oos Kaap. Ons hou vier keer per jaar 'n klubvergadering by die Dexter klubhuis, te Bloemskou met 'n klubveiling en skou tydens Bloemskou. Tydens vergaderings bespreek ons Dexter sake en leer meer oor die ras. Na die tyd kuier ons lekker saam om die braaivleisvuur.
The primary objective of the Club is to develop and promote the Dexter breed, not only in South Africa but also beyond our borders. It is the firm belief of Club management that the wellbeing of a breed starts with the breeder, and that an informed breeder is a successful breeder. Special care is therefore taken to ensure that breeders, old and new are kept informed of any changes to the breed standards or other decisions by the Dexter Cattle Breeders Society of S.A, under whose auspices the Overvaal Dexter Club functions. In this way stud and commercial breeders alike are kept abreast of new developments.
The Cabin Dexters Stud was started in 2014 on Klein Elandsvlei, Gauteng by Toy and Marietjie de Kerk with 4 female animals. The herd was expanded to 22 animals in a very short period by acquiring animals from some of the best breeders in South Africa. This includes bloodlines from Amadeus, Duranco and Thysse Studs. Currently there is anything between 25 to 35 cattle at any given time, which are kept on our 6.7 hectare small holdings. The lack of available land has necessitate a particularly focussed farming approach with the emphasis on productivity of the herd, cattle health and resourceful management processes, which includes feedlotting bulls and producing ample lucern and Russian grass in order to minimize feeding costs and ensuring the Dexters are in top condition, especially in the winter. This approach paid off and excellent Inter-caving periods (ICP in the low 300 days), high weaning weights (plus 55% of cow’s weight at 205 days) and seasonal calving rates in excess of 95% are achieved. At The Cabin we have a passion for Dexter cattle – we love their temperament – we enjoy working with them – and the satisfaction and joy keeping Dexters can only be described by “Dexterism”!
My wife, Riana, and I stay on a smallholding (8.4 hectares) on the outskirts of Bloemfontein, South Africa. We bought our first two Dexter cows in 2011. These first animals and their offspring as well as the Dexter breed quickly became our pride and joy, which we dearly love and cherish. Over the years we bought more female animals and a herd sire. In 2012 we registered with the SA Dexter Society of South Africa as the ORB Dexter Stud. What initially started off as a part time hobby, later became more than that. It now brings in a handy second income to us and gives us hours of enjoyment. Currently our Dexter herd is 100 in total. To cater for the numbers we expanded the grazing for the animals and most of the animals stay on rented grazing 80km from Bloemfontein.
Right from the beginning, our breeding goal was to breed Dexter cattle that not only meet the characteristics of the dual purpose breed, namely milk and beef, but also to ensure the productivity and longevity of the herd. Some of the animals we bought stem from old sought after genetic material from herds that are no longer registered. The biggest advantage of this approach was that inbreeding has not become an issue in our herd, despite the small gene-pool we have in South Africa.
Although still a fairly new herd, we are very proud that we are already producing numerous show-champions. Although participation in the various cattle shows is mainly intended to market our herd and our business of selling meat to the public, the bigger aim is to create a bigger awareness of this magnificent cattle breed in South Africa.
Stilhou Dexter Stoet teel vir die liefde van boerdery - Produktiwiteit en genetika vir die toekoms.
Regstellende beesras van die toekoms en 'n doetreffende vleis en melk bees
A childhood dream and fascination with miniature cattle realized in 2011 when Frank & Maryke Hinze from Warmbaths in Limpopo purchased their first Dexters, a bull and six cows. The little herd, to become known as Minimoo, quickly developed into a love affair with these little cows.
Minimoo proudly stands for breeding productive and traditional Chondro-free and dual-purpose animals, ideal for producing pleasure, meat and milk for the self-sustainable household.
In 2016, Minimoo relocated to the Natal Midlands where the legacy of the small cow lives on.
Tomar Dexter stoet is in 2008 gestig en bestaan uit Tom, Mariette en ons seun JL in die Bethlehem distrik. Ons het begin met n SP drie in een koei. Ons het selektief top gehalte vroulike diere gekoop by die beste telers. Ons teel beleid is om die beste vroulike dexters in die land te teel deur die beste bulle van top telers te gebruik. Kalwings gemak, speen persentasie en speen gewig is ons doelwitte. Ons slagspreek is dat kampioene teel kampioene.
…. Bred with care, raised with love, offered with pride …. – our vision for Wessenhof Dexters is based on our love for the breed. Based near Belfast ( Mpumalanga ) on our farm Wintershoek, Hendrik and Marli van der Westhuizen’s journey started in 2015 when we decided to sell our Thuli cattle and focus on a dual - purpose breed with a calm nature and excellent mother instinct. Buying the best genetics in the country was the first step to ensure a stud that could exceed expectations and build upon a solid base to ensure sustainability and profitability. With love and patience we started with 35 and currently have 73 stud cattle . Our aim is to grow our herd to 200 . Participating in various cattle shows and winning the overall show confirmed our careful selection of stud genetics is paying off. Our aim is to keep improving the standard of our herd, ensuring the longevity of this amazing breed.
We are not farmers. Rather we fell into farming while running an earth moving Equipment Company, which isn’t typically how tales of great farming begin.
Yet this is how our story began. We had been introduced to a Dexter, an ideal cow for a small piece of land and a home farm as it is small in stature, yields great milk and is as gentle in nature as soft rain.
We fell in love with the very gentle, acquiescent nature of the Dexter breed and were over the moon with the yield of milk we got from the cow with little effort. The temperament of the Dexter is soft and gentle so that even a child can lead them on a rein!
We bought the farm in Nylstroom and before we knew it, the Dexter cow became our passion.
Our aim was to go back to nature, pure foods and our focus is to breed, raise, and supply the best quality Free Range Grass fed Dexter Cattle Beef, Chicken and free range Pork. We do not use stimulants or hormones. We feed hay, Lucerne and barley green feed in winter. The cattle get a winter and summer lick. The calves stay with their mums until seven months.
This farm with its bush veld topography provides healthy, humane, ethical and natural products.