Dexter cow,high price

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  1. oth47

    oth47 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Found a dexter cow on craigslist,reduced (!!?)to $2400.00..doesn't like halter work or being tied.That sounds like a ridiculous price to me.Red cow,bred to red registered bull,but still..
     
  2. copperhead46

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    People get crazy when they pay stupid high prices for the color. I like the duns, but the beef is all the same color, and thats what I raise them for.
    P.J.
     

  3. linn

    linn Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have noticed that some people price their livestock and other items high on Craigslist. It would be better to check you local newspaper or local Dexter breeder for something that is priced reasonably and fits your needs.
     
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    copperhead46 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    What part of the country are you in? Prices really vary according to your area.
     
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    I bet he would come down to $2000 real quick....price high and make people think they are getting a bargan even at the bargain price it is high
     
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    Copperhead told it right. Prices really vary and the cow you found is at the high end of the range.

    To balance it off, here's the low end of the range. Scroll down to the Dexter seller.

    http://www.ncagr.gov/paffairs/AgReview/class/Jan11/1-11livestock.htm

    There are many things that influence the price of a milk cow. How gentle, how well trained, how well formed, if she's been bred, if she comes fresh with a calf, how much milk she gives, and tons of others.

    Go visit any cow you're thinking of buying, to see how well you get along with her. You don't want to milk a cow you can't get along with.

    If you find one that meets all your expectations and has been well handled and trained, she might be worth a high price. It could be better than buying a raw heifer and training her yourself.

    Genebo
    Paradise Farm
     
  7. linn

    linn Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Are you looking for a family cow or a show cow? That is the difference in what you are willing to pay. There are a lot of good family cows out there for half the price and less. Don't be suckered into paying 2400 dollars for a family cow. The breeders may tell you it is worth it. As for me, I would wait to find a family cow that was within a reasonable price range.
     
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  8. oth47

    oth47 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I've been kinda keeping up with the price of dexters,because at some point I mean to have one for a milk cow.My neighbor's land borders me on 2 sides and he says he's planning to fence it,that won't leave me much fencing to do.I won't pay 2400 bux for a cow that won't lead..for that kind of money she shouldn't need a lead rope and should be toilet trained and whistle "Dixie".I have noticed that red and dun dexters bring a little more than black ones,but the milk ought to be the same color regardless.They're saying that they get 2400.00 for their heifer calves,I venture to say they don't sell very many.
     
  9. oregon woodsmok

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    Really top quality show cattle can bring crazy prices. Although, you'd think that a show potential heifer would be halter broke. That's a lot of work to halter train an adult cow; should have been done when she was small enough to drag around.

    If you don't need a show animal there is no reason to pay show prices.
     
  10. ~Tomboy~

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    Well I'll chime in here. First of all in your original post you mentioned the red cow was bred to a red bull, you didn't mention if any were polled or not. Has the cow or the bull that bred her been tested for Chondro, PHA or A2 milk, or parentage verified? What are her bloodlines like? Halter or trained to milk? Does the breeder stand behind their animals? All the things I've mentioned will reflect the cost.
    A breeder who doesn't pay attention to what they are breeding can produce an animal with a bad conformation, a bad udder plus a bad temperament. It happens will all animals not just Dexters. Jerseys have been bred for hundred of years to produce lots of milk and for the most part good udders, there are failures there also. You could say the same for Angus and their beef traits.
    Dexters are supposed to be dual purpose, it's a fine line we breeders walk trying to have the best of both milk & beef.
    In reality if the cow you are talking about has it all, plus is guaranteed bred, I know of folks that sell them at that price.
    All that being said, there are many nice Dexters out there that will suit your needs at a lot less money, keep looking. Don't settle for anything less than what fits your needs.

    Barb
     
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    I've looked hard for the dexters. The closest farm to me only raises a few every year and they're spoken for before birth. The prices of this gentleman's farm for calves up to an occassional cow start at $3,000 up to $4500.00. And I've never known him to reduce his price....:(
     
  12. genebo

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    Where is that?
     
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    Well if I were you and was looking for a family cow, I would try a different breed.:D
     
  14. lasergrl

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    Wow for those prices I would buy up all the $300 ones around here and make a road trip!
     
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    at those prices you could buy 4 or 5 first calf certified organic heifers and go into business......
     
  16. Creamers

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    I've never seen them priced that high - they aren't cheap around here, but they are no where near those prices.

    You could make a road trip anywhere and buy a few heifer calves for $800 or far less and be in a real business . . . lol! 4K? I mean, geez!

    The heifers run $800-$1000 here - cows open to bred or even with a calf on the side run $1000-$1500 - never more.
     
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    look at red polls they are dual propose here is a link to the national assoc. grass finished breeders http://www.americanredpolls.com/Grass Directory/directoryindex.htm
    These are a little bigger than a dexter, but they are red, they are polled, they are gentle, I've have 2 heifers for about 18 months or so and they are both bred to registered bulls. They are due in March and April. I can tell you in June how good of mothers they are. Their udders look nice now, but they havent milked up yet. We hadn't planned on milking ours so we never worked with them, but I am considering it in the future if we get a heifer calf.
    Just FYI. But you will not have to spend anywhere near $2400. I bought my heifers for $600 and $700. They were 550 to 600 pounds and freshly weened. I started off with some poorly built fence so they educated me on that, but after about 4 months of them teaching me about fence building, I have had not trouble with them. They come right up to me, and they go from paddockl to paddock with no trouble. A single wire will keep them in a paddock also.
     
  18. Onthebit

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    Red, polled Dexters are bringing top prices everywhere. It seems that horned shorties are a dime a dozen. A couple years ago I paid 250$ for one (horned shorty) delivered to my farm! So there you have it!
     
  19. Carol K

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    Guys this is not out of the ordinary, 2400 is the price for the cow and a guaranteed red calf. Like someone else mentioned, could be polled, could have been tested for numerous things. Take it all into account, I'm not saying that is cheap but good breeding, excellent conformation, genetic testing, and a host of other things all need to be taken into account.
    What do you all say about bulls that go for thousands and thousands? Not everything is sale barn prices, some of us have many years into our cattle to get where we are now.
    Just another perspective on the whole thing,

    Carol
     
  20. CraterCove

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    That much more just to avoid what is just about 100$ operation to remove the horns entirely? That seems awfully silly to me.

    Before I had to move from Florida to Texas I was lined up to buy a very pretty dun Dexter for 1200. I got to see her parents and siblings and the lines were healthy and all that.

    I would never _never_ support a farm that is trying to make raising Dexters, a traditional small farmstead/ family cow, into a sport of kings. Keep looking! Dexters are great, you just need to find some more realistic people who are selling them.