Whether you’re running a few cattle on limited land or want a unique pet or two, mini cows has become the rave for being cute, efficient, and easygoing! Here are a few things to know about mini cattle and why they’ve become such a popular idea.
Size of a Mini Cow
Miniature cattle have been selectively bred to be one-third to one-half the size of standard cattle. At three years of age, a micro mini cow is considered 36 inches and under at the hip. Standard mini cows are between 37 and 42 inches tall at the hip, and midsize mini cows are between 43 and 48 inches at the hip. So while these cattle are significantly smaller than normal, they aren’t necessarily calf-size forever either.
Mini cattle are known to make great pets and are considered much easier to handle! Their gentle dispositions make them easy to care for and train, as well as easier on the land. They naturally have a sweet temperament and make a great option for people just getting started with cattle or families with children.
Compared to 1,200-1,500 pound standard cattle, a 500-800 pound mini cow can thrive on about one to two acres per animal, and they consume about a third of the grain that a standard cow requires. This makes them much more efficient and superior when it comes to feed conversion.
More Than 25 Recognized Breeds
Miniature cattle are either select reproductions of the older animals or a result of several crossbreed programs. The International Miniature Cattle Breeder’s Registry serves to add value to the quality breeding of mini cattle, and this organization recognizes more than 26 unique breeds worldwide. These breeds include mini Belted Galloways, Dexters, Zebus, Jerseys, Pandas, Herefords, Angus, Longhorns, Highlands, Holsteins and many more!
The initial price of mini cattle will vary depending on the breed, age, size, sex, markings and color; but that number can range from $1,500 to $8,000. While a mini hereford may run between $1,750 and $3,500, a mini highland could cost up to $8,000. However, the initial cost may be worth it because they have so many advantages!
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