“Rocky Road” Rector (a bull calf) was born Monday night around 6pm. It was a mild winter evening (28 degrees F), and his coat dried pretty quickly, helped by his mother’s licking. He stood up and nursed within 15 minutes of being born — amazing. He is a day old in this picture, standing with his mother, Raindrop. Alison named him because he looks like chocolate ice cream with marshmallows. Raindrop is half Jersey(via our Jersey “steer” named ‘Chuck’) and half Dexter, so the mash-up must have resulted in the mottling, though his full sister “Red Sox” was pure black when born and grown.
Rocky’s fate is to spend two and a half bucolic years munching our pastures and culled apples and then be put into the freezer. His half-brother Thorn (born to Raspberry last April) will accompany him, allowing us to determine the benefit of raising steers to three plus years, instead of just two as we have been. I’m curious to know if the marbling is different, although we’ve been very pleased with the quality of the beef we’ve received from our Dexter steers so far.