last day- unloaded at the auction yard
Lane End Lucifer’s Wizard #3556 ADCA - #138 Canada
Wizard was 3 yrs old when we purchased him. He arrived at the US Border in the back of a Semi truck with a load of butcher Pigs. His test for Brucellosis was considered
“outdated” by the US Border Vet, we were refused entry & returned to Canada. The officials helped us find a Vet that would see us immediately. They told us we could draw blood from Wizards tail for a “Brucellosis blood card test”.
This mature bull was loose in our trailer & the Vet & I had to go in with him not knowing what to expect. Wizard just stood & let us get the sample we needed. (We had to hold his tail up & poke the needle in to draw a vial of blood.) The Vet’s comment leaving the trailer “you can’t do that with most bulls!”
Normally the blood would be sent to Saskatchewan & we’d have to wait for processing 1-2 weeks! We had a delay of a couple of hours and then we were able to come on home with him.
The previous owners told us they kept him penned up and turned him into an area like a horse arena when he was serving a cow. They separated him from the female after breeding by using a switch and herding him out. They said they had trouble getting him to go out sometimes.
Wizard doesn’t have any offspring registered by the party we bought him from. There is one male sired by Wizard registered in Canadian records by another breeder.
Wizard was kept in our corral for a while after his arrival so he could re-coop from the trip. We could hold bites of hay in and call him over and he would come up to the gate to be petted and eat from our hand. He seemed leery on approach but warmed right up to scratching & treats.
We took Wizard to our AI Lab for colection. He was "in house" for the initial testing etc and was well mannered w/o any issues or concerns. After the first semen draw the Vet advised us he wasn’t a likely candidate for collection, he told us we should be able to settle cows naturally. They felt his condition could have been triggered by his recent trip and advised we take him home & wait before collecting him.
Once in the pasture (30 acres) he seemed possessive of the cows so we gave him his space, as we do any bull, with his harem. After a while he started challenging the feed truck when we’d go out. He was acting too protective and we didn’t feel we could trust him. We herded him into the corral system again. The next day he got out into our driveway. I opened the gates & went back to move him. He came running at me & I jumped up into a tree. My husband saw what was going on & came out hollering & waving his arms, Wizard turned back to the corrals & we herded him in and then loaded him into our trailer.
The next day was Sale day at our local Auction, we took him there and instructed he be sold for beef only.
I shared this story at the time (1990) & still do now with the statement that we have no idea whether Wizard’s attitude was inherited or environmental. If we had kept him as a “penned breeder” and never put him out with the herd of females he may never have exhibited these behaviors. He was certainly docile enough for us in captivity.
We heard the full story (from all sides) of his sire, Lucifer’s situation in Washington (where he was “dumped” by the transporter). We’d been to that very stockyard in the past & we saw the condition of the old wooden pens and lack of supervision for the animals. Livestock was dropped off there from all over the country....& Canada as well.
Lucifer was offered for sale to us at the time of his release from the collection center in Canada. We went up to see him and watched a very small statured man lead him out of the barn into a large open parking area. We walked all around him, stood around talking without any reason for concern about being near the bull. (at lest 6 of us w/handler)
We didn’t purchase Lucifer at that time because of our concern for his size. He was bigger/taller than we cared to put on our cows. My husbands comment to me was if I wanted his genetics I better use AI & not try natural service. There was nothing about his disposition at that time to show cause for concern.
We were interested in buying a bull that carried red genes. It had to be a bull that had a good disposition, good conformation overall and was a “Longleg” (the term of the day for a non-carrier of Chondro). We also wanted to return/maintain the milk production of the dual purpose status for Dexters.
I advertised in the Bulletin for a red bull and was sent pictures and information about several Dun’s…all considered Red by the owners then.
The Goose family, in Canada, advertised some black bull calves out of Lucifer in 1989. We looked at them previous to purchasing Wizard but they were “Shortlegs” in our opinion and not what we wanted for our program. We saw Lucifer’s 1st red daughter then too, these calves were all handled and friendly.
Wizard produced 5 calves for us. His daughter Sorceress #4888 died in 2010 at nineteen years old, one of our old favorites, we still have her last two daughters in our herd.
We kept Wizards black son “Merlyn” as a breeder and he produced 26 animals for us. Several of his daughters are still production females in our herd, the eldest, Ribbons #7066 17 years old now, had a bull calf 10/30/11. Ribbons won Grand Champion at several Fairs, as have her daughters..
We’ve used several bulls in our breeding program through the years with a high percentage of Lucifer in their pedigree, we may well have the highest percentage of Lucifer genetics in our Dexters to be found in the Country…..
We may also have had the most kids raised with Dexters over the last 39 years, free to walk through our large herd of cows, calves and our current Herdsire, very interactive in daily handling & all the aspects of showing the cattle...... Good disposition is a must here & yes, all our Dexters are horned as well!
We occasionally see a “snorty” calf at weaning time……those are always destined for beef and not breeding. I’ve seen “snorty” calves without ANY Lucifer background and I'm sure other Dexter breeders have too.
I would never allow a bull of any breeding to be left intact if it didn’t have a good disposition! If a bull challenges a human I suggest owners slaughter them as soon as possible & we practice what we preach!
Bad disposition isn’t condoned no matter the investment involved or the cause - Genes or past experience/environment........
Dexters make good beef….even 14 year old bulls are tasty!