In an effort to reduce space and feed needed to raise cows, some ranchers and farmers are now raising minicows. Minicows have smaller builds and much smaller appetites than their full-sized brethren. Minicows generally weigh between 500-700 pounds, compared with 1,300 pounds or more for their full-sized counterparts. Miniature cows eat nearly half of what a normal-sized cows eat, yet they reportedly produce 50% to 75% of the meat of their larger-sized cousins. Minicows can be grass fed…
Outlook, Office, Skype, Bing, Breaking News, and Latest Videos
If you’re a suburban cowboy hankering to raise a herd and short on ranch land, mini cattle may be for you. New breeds of pint-sized heifers and bulls are making it easier for small farmers to raise cattle for milk, meat or just fun.
Developed in Australia, like the mini-Hereford, the Lowline Angus was also created by “breeding down” or selecting the smallest stock from the established Angus breed. On average, Lowline Angus cows weigh 650-950 pounds and are 36-42 inches in height, while bulls weigh 950-1350 pounds and are 39-46 inches in height. They are black, docile, and naturally polled, while calving easily. Their carcases have higher dressing percentage, marbled meat, and are well suited to beef production on grass.
Farms downsize with miniature cows
Ali Petersen brushes out the winter coat of a miniature Hereford cow on a ranch near Tekamah, Nebraska. With feed prices up, ranchers see the advantages of smaller breeds of bovines. Walking throug…