We recently made the decision to sell most of our M Herefords it is simply too difficult to run two purebred cattle on 24 acres at the home farm. I love my Herefords but for many reasons, we are staying with the Dexter cattle over all decision based on our experience Dexters Beef is Better! they are easier breeding and calving, very hardy and nothing beats a Dexter in definition of Homestead cow. We have retained one Dexter cow and her Yearling heifer "SHF Disco Vicki" her yearling heifer "Cimarrons Violet"
What exactly is a Miniature Hereford?
First and foremost, Miniature Hereford Cattle are full blood Hereford cattle, registered with the American Hereford Association.
The original purpose was to develop a small, efficient beef animal. That goal has been accomplished by improving the cow/calf weaning ratio, the rib eye area per hundred weights, the dressing percentage and the tenderness due to genetics.
The Miniature Herefords are an ideal way to fill the need for the person who desires to have animals on small acreages, to be self sufficient by raising their own beef. They can be used to classify small acreages for agricultural exemption status, a full-time business, as a secondary source of income or group investment ventures. The smaller cattle are easy to handle and make excellent show animals for 4-H, FFA or national shows
Cattle are measured by "frame score" which is the measurement in inches from the top of the hip to the ground. The table for scoring miniature cattle starts at 1 and goes down to 0000. Whereas the table for the average sized bovine starts at 1 and goes up. With this in mind your measurements should not exceed 45” measured at the hip for a mature 3 year old female and not to exceed 48” measured at the hip for a mature 3 year old bull.
Miniature Herefords, because of their smaller size, are much easier to handle than large cattle. They require less space for comfortable living quarters, and they eat far less food. Because of this, they make great backyard pets also.
These cute little white-face beef cattle grow to an average height of 38--41 inches instead of the 63 inch average size of large Herefords. Two 600 pound cows may be maintained with the same feed intake as one 1200 pound cow. The result is that 25% more beef can be produced from a given pasture with smaller cattle. They produce twice as many better cuts of meat in a shorter amount of time. They are also practical for stocking larger operations and can help in the movement that is presently underway to return to a more muscular, chunky type of animal that is able to thrive without pampering. An animal that is more efficient to maintain.
Wheres the Beef?
Miniature Herefords now exhibit an improved cow/calf weaning ratio, greater rib eye are per hundred weight, a higher dressing percentage and increased tenderness due to shorter muscle cell structure, genetics and early maturity. These traits are outstanding when compared to the modern beef animal.
Extremely docile in nature, the Minis are excellent for children. A superb 4H or FFA animal, they can help instill responsibility and a sense of accomplishment in a youngster. We think the Miniature Hereford is the best breed for beginners, they are docile & easy to work with.
Our Hereford Herd
Oct 15, 2012
SA Rubys Little Britches
This is Vicky she is a 00 frame score. Heavy boned nice udder. Vicky throws very nice Show heifers!
Fundamental Traits of the Miniature Hereford Cattle
"SHF Spotted Star"
Star's frame score is "0" and she has produced Three Champions.
A big Thanks to the farms assisting us with Miniature Herefords
* Sand Hills Farm
* Sunshine Acres