L. Kellogg (1917 - 2006)
and the BEDFORD line of Dexters (1949 - 2004)
By Carol Davidson
Kellogg's contribution to the national herd
is not common knowledge. A prominent New Yorker,
a philanthropist, and an international society
figure with of exceptional military and public
service to his credit, in 1949, Mr. Kellogg
imported a bull and two cows from Lady Loder's
Grinstead herd to his Mill Pond farm in upper
state New York. Lady Loder named the bull 'Ambassador'
in honor of Mr. Kellogg's position with the
With the addition of some Atlantic animals,
he kept a closed herd and registered his Dexters
in both England and America. In 1972 he was
called overseas on UN business, so reduced his
herd to females only, later buying a bull from
his friend Mabel Ingalls (Clove Brook Herd)
and breeding on. Between 1990 and 1993, Mr.
Kellogg sold most of his Dexters to Carol Davidson,
who worked to maintain the bloodline, as Grinstead-related
animals in England were down to a few with 1/8
blood. The Bedford line produced exceptional
quality and more importantly, it produced animals
of strong genetic consistency: A trait not always
common in Dexters.
In 1999, the Bedfords and many of their Hiyu
offspring were exported to New Zealand (isolated
location and strong interest in protecting the
gene pool), because in North America at the
time, general interest in the line's protection
In 2004, Mr. Kellogg sold off his remaining
(now unregistered) Dexters due to ill health.
The honorable Mr. Kellogg was a Life Member
of the ADCA.
Palm Beach FL in 2005
is a link to Francis Kellogg's NY Times Obituary.