Chesterley (Llanfair's Dexters)
By Carol Davidson
people knew Fred as a teacher and school trustee,
but his heart was in the land. He kept rare
breeds of chickens, geese, sheep, and, of course,
his beloved Dexters.
It was Fred who first raised the question of
temperment in Dexters, promoting the selection
away from any questionable animals where handling
couldn't account for aggression; and talked
of the "implied" warranties the association
promoted, and the risks of breaching them. He
never stopped arguing for better quality control.
He had the vision to see that while horns may
be attactive to some, given the level of livestock
experience with most Dexter owners, and the
trauma and expense of dehorning, a polled version
could be of immense interest. On this premise,
he arranged to have a superior polled bull from
the most reliable of the four polled lines in
England collected, and semen imported into the
A member of the ADCA for 23 years, several years
ago he received recognition for his contributions
to the breed and the ADCA by the Board awarding
him an Honorary Membership. Fred was a mentor
to many Dexter owners in the Pacific Northwest,
served as a Director of the ADCA for two terms,
and took seriously his role of representing
For years, Fred subscribed to an overseas evaluation
system, and had his animals classified to ensure
that his breeding program moved his herd forward.
Through that breeding program, his herd, Llanfair,
produced some of the very best Dexters in North
America, providing seedstock for prominent breeders
such as Wes Patton and John Potter, both of
whom have used his lines extensively to build
their own herds.
Fred was, and to the day he died remained, a
man of honor.