December 2012

Selecting Dexters for Milking – The Common Myths

December 22, 2012
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Dexters are supposed to be a dual purpose breed. Yet, unlike commercial diary breeds, there is almost no information available within Dexter literature on udder conformation. Furthermore, few Dexter breeders actually milk their Dexters. This has led to a number of theoretical substitutions for actual selection for milking ability. Basically, people have tried to use [...]

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What is a throwback?

December 11, 2012

“Throwback” is not a genetic term, because it biochemically does not exist. An animal is either heterozygous or homozygous at any location in its genetic code.¬† Some traits are single-gene-traits (influenced by one gene,)¬† and some are influenced my multiple genes. Before genetic¬†inheritance was understood, the term “throwback” was used in Dexters to describe a [...]

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