Darling Range Dexter stud was founded by Rose and Matthew Stevens with help from our son Ben in 2005.

In 2004 we moved to the lush South West of Western Australia where we were located next to the Darling Ranges in Harvey we soon realised we needed something to eat the grass down and as the sheep were very fat but we could not be seen in the tall grass. We started off by buying a few unregistered Dexter's from Shanoah Park Dexters 18/5/05. The cows were named Velvet, Regina, Misty girl, Yana, Alexandria, Yossi, Yasmin, Shanoah Park Wynona Ryder, Shanoak Park Xquisite and Tanah Kaanan Hathor (one of my favourite cows), a bull Kirup Park Xerox and several calves as well as Murray Grey cross dexters Lucerne and Clover and a number of calves. We were then bitten by the dexter bug and sold off all the unregistered dexters and kept the ones that we could register and we became Darling Range dexters.

On 1/12/05 Brookdale Ilya, Glendale Annie, Glendale Delia and Billabong True Umber came up for sale naturally we could not resist and we bought them. Billabong True Umber was a big gentle boy who never got upset when my toddler son would play in his sand hole right under him. The dexter bug kept biting, and we bought Stoneybrook Sally, Stoneybrook Tracy, Stoneybrook Ziggy, Stoneybrook Yvette and Crest Hill Tullamore (a shortleg bull and one of my favourite's) 20/5/06.

Crest Hill Tullamore would load himself into horse floats without a halter he loved going out on lease to service girls.

Then it was Irosa Wendy on 20/6/06. We went on to buy Rawlings Zirconia, Rawlings Yarramindi, Rawlings Xtra Sweet, Tecoma Meadows Yang Lee and their calves Bianca Belle and Breane 16/7/06. Then Argyle waters Xingjang and Nyaania Creek Bambi were bought 18/11/06

Next we went on to buy a shortleg cow Bountiful Usha from the Mundijong Market 19/11/06 she had the details of another cow Bountiful Roxy Ma Rina but we liked her and we sorted her details out. During this we sold off a number of animals we were not planning on keeping long term as many of these animals were either grades or did not fit what we wanted to breed.

This ever increasing addiction to Dexter cattle forced us to move so we could expand and develop our herd. Mid 2009 we saw an opportunity to move to Victoria to a larger property in Balmattum, North East of Euroa Victoria Australia. We transported our entire herd. This gave us the ability to run a greater number of animals and also finish off our cattle longer and to a better standard. So we bought Thorpeville Brie, Thorpeville Flower, Thorpeville Faith, Thorpeville Filicity, Thorpeville Floss 14/4/10 none were polled but they all carried red. We then added some more polling and colour with Rawlings Coppertop, Rawlings Felicia, Rawlings Faerie Dust 1/4/11 to our herd from Tasmania.

We then felt we needed to add some some dun into our herd and Elgin Park Miss Money Penny, Woodfield Amber, Ironbark Tilly and Woodfield park Bonnie who was infertile we think she was a freemartin 26/8/12 became available. For more natural polling we bought Ozziggy Delila, Ozziggy Dianna, Ozziggy Emerald and Ozziggy Emma 20/3/11 from Western Australia.

Through this buying and selling of many dexters we worked out what style of animals we liked and what we wanted to breed on, we moved forward refining the herd with a very specific breeding plan and program. We used this time to learn and grow as a breeder.

On 1/12/05 Brookdale Ilya, Glendale Annie, Glendale Delia and Billabong True Umber came up for sale naturally we could not resist and we bought them. Billabong True Umber was a big gentle boy who never got upset when my toddler son would play in his sand hole right under him. The dexter bug kept biting, and we bought Stoneybrook Sally, Stoneybrook Tracy, Stoneybrook Ziggy, Stoneybrook Yvette and Crest Hill Tullamore (a shortleg bull and one of my favourite's) 20/5/06.

Crest Hill Tullamore would load himself into horse floats without a halter he loved going out on lease to service girls.

Then it was Irosa Wendy on 20/6/06. We went on to buy Rawlings Zirconia, Rawlings Yarramindi, Rawlings Xtra Sweet, Tecoma Meadows Yang Lee and their calves Bianca Belle and Breane 16/7/06. Then Argyle waters Xingjang and Nyaania Creek Bambi were bought 18/11/06

Next we went on to buy a shortleg cow Bountiful Usha from the Mundijong Market 19/11/06 she had the details of another cow Bountiful Roxy Ma Rina but we liked her and we sorted her details out. During this we sold off a number of animals we were not planning on keeping long term as many of these animals were either grades or did not fit what we wanted to breed.

Many Dexter breeders were retiring and downsizing so many Dexter's were available to buy. We then bought Speewah Bella, Speewah Willow, Avalon Park Romy, Avalon Park Ymma, Speewah Angel and Kirup Park Vamp 25/3/07.

Then the Chitibin stud came up for sale 25/4/07 in a desperate situation the owner had died and the animals had no food and very little water. We bought the surviving animals Chitibin Vanity, Chitibin Zeal, Chitibin Tralee, Chitibin Udandy, Chitibin Zeeta, Chitibin Yoyo, Chitibin Ultimate, Chitibin Beryl, Chitibin Black Magic, Chitibin Zest, Chitibin Tammy, Chitibin Zepher, Chitibin Zing, Chitibin Amazing Gem, Chitibin Anne of Erin and a number of steers and calves. We sorted through them working out who was who and who was suitable for sale and who had to be meat. It took a while but they needed to be fed up anyway.

We then bought a very skinny bull named Winery Views Merlot Xratabull a bull I did not really trust, he later proved me right, once he had put weight he suddenly attacked Crest Hill Tullamore and broke his stifle muscle resulting in him having to be put down. The two bulls had been living together happily for well over 12 months with no signs of aggression.

We then bought Kirup Park Xaviera, Kirup Park Wedgewood, Kirup Park Yelana, Glendale Magenta, Glendale Ruby, 18/4/08 as I had been watching and learning about genetics and natural polling we wanted to introduce natural polling into our herd. We also bought Kooringal Diggers Pride 6/11/08 for the same reason.

This ever-increasing addiction to Dexter cattle forced us to move so we could expand and develop our herd. Mid 2009 we saw an opportunity to move to Victoria to a larger property in Balmattum, North East of Euroa Victoria Australia. We transported our entire herd. This gave us the ability to run a greater number of animals and also finish off our cattle longer and to a better standard. So, we bought Thorpeville Brie, Thorpeville Flower, Thorpeville Faith, Thorpeville Filicity, Thorpeville Floss 14/4/10 none were polled but they all carried red. We then added some more polling and colour with Rawlings Coppertop, Rawlings Felicia, Rawlings Faerie Dust 1/4/11 to our herd from Tasmania.

We then felt we needed to add some dun into our herd and Elgin Park Miss Money Penny, Woodfield Amber, Ironbark Tilly and Woodfield park Bonnie who was infertile we think she was a freemartin 26/8/12 became available. For more natural polling we bought Ozziggy Delila, Ozziggy Dianna, Ozziggy Emerald and Ozziggy Emma 20/3/11 from Western Australia.

Through this buying and selling of many Dexter’s we worked out what style of animals we liked and what we wanted to breed on, we moved forward refining the herd with a very specific breeding plan and program. We used this time to learn and grow as a breeder.  

Every time we bred a double polled bull someone would buy it off us leaving us without a bull so we decided to buy a bull from our friends in Tasmania Rawlings Dexter stud. At this time Tasmania was experiencing a very difficult drought and feed was short so we bought not only Rawlings Jamison’s run but Kirup Park Dame Ruby, Kirup Park Goodwill, Rawlings Hebe’s Honour and Rawlings Kolleen 8/3/16 for topping off the polling and structure with some different genetics to what I had. Soon after it became apparent that Margaret and Mark had decided to get out of cattle and they gave me first dibs on their herd. It was sad as it was an end of an era the last of Kirup Park and Rawlings Dexter cattle have come to join us. Two herds I have admired for so many years. I Thank Kirup Park and Rawlings for the time and effort that you have invested in the future of Dexter’s as a whole and in our stud, it has been very appreciated. We feel honoured that you have the confidence and trust in us to take your animals forward into the future. I hope I can live up to your high standards as you have paved the way.