We are proud to be a premier breeder of
Miniature Hereford Cattle in the state of Florida.
Check out the Photo Gallery page for pictures of our "small" herd.
Here's why we love 'em...
- Smaller size means less feed needed. Let's face it; feed today is expensive! Pasture is expensive! Miniature Herefords, weigh roughly half what the standard-size Herefords weigh & eat roughly half as well!
- Smaller size means less mess. Mini cattle do much less harm to the environment than their larger counterparts. From disturbing the ground far less for each foot-fall, to simply ranging more because they carry less weight - our pastures love the Minis! Especially the spots around the water trough! They offer a fabulous alternative for smaller acreages to allow for and maintain your agricultural exemption without the impact of larger cattle.
- Smaller size means shorter muscle length. While this theory is to-date unproven scientifically, there are many advocates of Miniature Hereford beef who believe the meat is more tender because of the shorter muscle length. Also, because the animal's muscles need not be toned enough to carry 2,000 lbs around all day, they tend to be far more tender. Consider the average Mini Hereford weighs in at 700 to 1,000 lbs. You might say the meat is twice as tender!
- Smaller size means more appropriate steak size. A lot of the steaks you see today would completely cover a normal dinner plate! Where would you squeeze in your baked potato? Consider the recommended serving size for meat, and a Mini Hereford steak is right on the money.
- Smaller size means smaller amounts of meat off of one animal. Miniature Herefords are just right for an average family to raise, feeding exactly what they wish to feed, slaughter, and eat in the recommended shelf life of the meat.
- Smaller size means they're better for kids. Calves are born ranging from 30 to 50 pounds. Compare that to standard-size cattle today! Children as young as 5 and 6 are capable of showing calves and steers!
- Smaller size means they're much more docile. A standard-size cow knows full well she's got you out muscled. While a Mini cow is still plenty strong, normally they just don't try to get away with nearly as much - except when it comes to finding the treats in your bucket!
Here's how they measure up...
There are three different classes of Hereford cattle. The larger one in the image above is a full size Modern Hereford cow. The cow in the middle is classified as a Classic Hereford. They are like the original Hereford cattle that were brought to the United States from Herefordshire England and are also what you see in the old westerns on television. The smallest cow in the photo is a Miniature and they range in frame score from a 0 (largest) to 0000 (smallest). Frame scores are determined by measuring from the ground to the top of the animal’s hip bone. Most Miniature Hereford frames range from 38 to 43 inches at the hip. While a miniature Hereford is smaller in height size, a good miniature Hereford will maintain their conformation as their larger counterparts.