Dexter and Mashona Cattle

Small-Scale Breeds for Small-Scale Production

Tennessee State University established a herd of Dexter cattle in 2015 to complement the meat goat breeding program. The Dexter is a small-framed British breed that is dual-purpose in type. It is considered a heritage breed like the Spanish and Myotonic goat breeds. The Dexter cattle will be used to assess the production potential of non-traditional small-breed cattle for small-scale beef production as well as for teaching activities.

The TSU foundation cattle are registered in the American Dexter Cattle Association  herdbook  (search under Owner# 10042). TSU-bred Dexter cattle are generally only registered if proven productive or sold as breeding stock. The TSU herd consists of over 100 Dexter, Mashona x Dexter, and Mashona females in preparation for summer 2021 breeding.

For sale:  Nothing at this time (6/15/21).

The TSU herd sires are presented below.

Mashona herd sires were introduced to the breeding program in 2019. The Mashona is a small-framed Sanga beef breed from Zimbabwe. The breed has tropical adaptations that may be of value in the southern states. Mashona bulls are being crossed with the Dexter cows to produce F1 calves for evaluation. Fullblood Mashona cows were added in 2021.

 TSU HERD SIRES  

Jon

Weight: 1310#

Hip Height: 46.50"

June 2021

Jon

Black Licorich

Weight: 1340#

Hip Height: 48"

Sold  - 2016

Rico

Shamrock

Weight: 1095#

Hip Height: 44.00"

June 2021

RHV SHAMROCK
 

O'Conner

Weight: 880#

Hip Height: 40.75"

June 2021

 O'Conner
 

Gus

Weight: 1255#

Hip Height: 46.75"

June 2021

 Gus

Dot

Weight: 1305#

Hip Height: 47.00"

June 2021

Dot

Norval

Weight: 990#

Hip Height: 44.25"

May 2019 (Sold)

Norval

Willie

Weight: 1335#

Hip Height: 48.25"

June 2021

Willie

MASHONA 182

Born: 2015

Weight: 1420#

Hip Height: 50.75"

June 2021

 182

MASHONA 76

Born: 2012

Weight: 1415#

Hip Height: 51.25"

June 2021

 MAS 76

MASHONA 588

Born: 2008

Weight: 1435#

Hip Height: 50.25"

June 2021

 MAS 588

MASHONA E-20

Born: 2017

Weight: 1490#

Hip Height: 53.25"

June 2021

 E20

MASHONA 884

Born: 2018

Weight: 1030#

Hip Height: 50.75"

June 2021

 MAS 884

MASHONA 901

Born: 2018

Weight: 904#

Hip Height: 48.25"

June 2021

 901



 

 






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