Dusty Rose calved on 23 April, a polled red heifer, who likes to hide in the paddock next door to where she should be and it takes us several hours to find her. She was full of milk and fast asleep out of the wind and in the sunshine, she couldn't see what all the fuss was about. Dame Ruby is also due to calve so we are waiting on her next.
We have had a Dexter committee meeting and plans are well unerway for the DCAI AGM which will be hosted in Tasmania in October, a luncheon preceeding the meeting and stud/food tasting tour on the Sunday.
Taste of the North West is being held at Sheffield on 30 April and we will again be serving up our Dexter Beef Sausages, lets hope for better weather than we had last year. This is a great fundraiser for our Group and promotes the beef side of our breed as well.
The following week is Agfest and although Mark & I are not taking animals this year we will be there most of the time, talking, talking and more talking to interested people. Make sure you come and see us between 5 - 7 May.
The Heritage Festival being held by the National Trust in Tasmania has included three open farms for Dexters, as their focus is on agriculture in 2011. So everyone is welcome to come along to Rawlings Dexter Stud on 14 May from 10am to 2pm, get up close and personal with our favourite cows, our just have a wander in the paddocks among the rest of the herd.
Then we have been invited to be part of the inaugural Rural Living Round-up on 28 May at Burnie Poyltechnic Farm. This is an opportunity for small landholders and hobby farmers to get information about enterprises which suit their lifestyle. I will provide more information as it comes to hand.