The cows have had to take a back step in priorities this year. My father was diagnosed with cancer (now well on the road to recovery thank goodness!), the kids have started riding a lot more and Paul's work has been busier leaving me often to hold the fort single handed.
Last weekend was a mixed emotion weekend. I said goodbye to Kirup Park Envoy and hello to Kirup Park Dunlop. Envoy has gone to a lovely family to help start their addiction with Dexters and just as I thought I would have to do a year of AI'ing Dunlop was advertised. One look at his pedigree confirmed he should compliment my breeding program down to a T. Now it is up to him to prove my instincts right! I can't wait to see his babies next year.
I am keeping 2, possibly 3, bulls from this year's calves entire at this stage. Knee High Kerwyn, Kryponite and a yet unnamed bull out of Finesse. Kerwyn will most likely be for sale as he is exactly what his name means in Irish "Little dark one" & with Knee High it gives you an idea how big he is (or isn't!) He is a beautifully put together little man, who I think will be an asset to someone wanting to breed smaller Dexters. Kryptonite is out of Herkimer but I am not 100% sure who dad is! Kim was AI'ed and then put in with Envoy & his birth date is telling me he is either late from the AI or early from Envoy! It's a good thing for DNA testing. Either way I will be happy with the outcome.
I will take some more photos and upload them shortly - I promise it will be before Christmas 2014!