Our miniature Herefords are starting to cause quite a stir as people discover them and start to appreciate their special attributes. Of course it takes time to develop a ‘new’ breed of animal here in the UK, and we are slowly building our own herd of breeding females. Miniature Herefords are simply a scaled-down version of the standard Hereford and developed by an American family, the Largents in Texas the 1970s.
The photograph at the top of this page shows our original mini Hereford bull, Gulliver, at one week old. If you click on his name you will be taken to the Hereford Society’s online breedbook and you can check out his pedigree. Gulliver sired his first calf, Challenger, which is shown being held by Malcolm a few days after being born on the farm.
We do sell our spare mini bulls each year, and whilst we would prefer to sell these unique little animals to beeders who share our vision of establishing a herd of miniature pureblood Herefords, we understand that some breeders (especially Dexter owners) like to cross them for improved beef and temperament. If you buy a bull from us, we will give you an early option to buy a miniature Hereford heifer once we have heifers available to sell. One of our bulls, Champion (above), who’s very friendly, is shown in the photograph with Malcolm and a rather nervous looking “Tomas” (Spanish Water Dog).
” . . . we have limited supplies of miniature Hereford fertilised embryos and semen for sale . . .”
Why a miniature Hereford?
– history of the breed
The Tomkins family of Herefordshire is generally given credit for having started the Hereford breed 250 years ago, and the first Herefords were exported to America in the early 1800s. Since that time, as the whole world has obsessed with breeding ever and ever-bigger cattle, one stubborn farming family in America bucked the trend.
” . . . in general our miniature Hereford bulls are around 43 inches tall with the cows/heifers a bit smaller . . . “
” . . . the characteristics of Herefords (the “Royal” breed) are that they are efficient foragers – turning grass into beef – mature early, calve easily, milk well for their calves and are excellent mothers . . . “
” . . . our herd is accredited (by the SAC) as free from BVD, IBR, Johne’s disease and Leptospirosis . . . “