Hays (Talisman Dexters)
Hays 1912 - 2004
loving memory of John Hays
American Dexter Cattle Association wishes to
acknowledge the passing of one of the founding
members of this organization. Mr. John Hays
who passed away in November of 2004 at the age
of 92. His wife of 60 years, our dear friend
and fellow Dexter breeder Belle Hays survives
was an Attorney by profession. Music was his
2nd love in life (Belle his first). He played
bass trombone with the San Francisco Symphony
as well as several others and was a composer
of Symphonic works.
Hays purchased their “Talisman Farm”
in Comptche, California in 1973. John and Belle
bought their first Dexter cattle in the fall
of 1974 when he bought four cows sight unseen
from a breeder in Indiana and later that year
purchased a bull from a breeder in Texas. This
formed the nucleus of what was to become the
"Talisman" Dexter herd.
was a key player in the reorganization of the
group known as "American Kerry and Dexter
Club", incorporated in 1943. This became
the American Dexter Cattle Association incorporated
in January of 1978, the organization that we
know now. John wrote the Articles of Incorporation
and the original and updated By-Laws for the
ADCA from 1977 until 1989 and acted as Director
for the original Pacific Region.
took on the arduous task of compiling the information
of several others and the first edition of the
"Dexter Cattle" book was published
in 1984. At the ADCA annual meeting at Chico,
CA, in 1994 both John and Belle were made Honorary
Lifetime members of the ADCA.
Dexter breeders, the ADCA online pedigree shows
the Hay’s having registered at least 66
animals under the “Talisman” herd
name. John and Belle both were strong supporters
of the "Original” type Dexter; small,
black, with white horns having black tips. Belle
still has two of their Talisman cows but they
have been retired from producing calves.
2004 before John’s passing, he and Belle
put together the 4th Edition of "Dexter
Cattle" and Belle presented it as a gift
to the Association to carry John's name on in
the world of Dexter Breeders. This brings the
printing total of his book to1700 copies. We
are truly grateful for their efforts and generosity!
name will not be forgotten in the hearts and
minds of many Dexter breeders. He is as much
a part of U.S. Dexters as the animals themselves.
Dexter Cattle Association 2005