Mini Cow / Micro Cow / Miniature Cow ? What in the world?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Nifty-Chicken, Feb 19, 2008.

  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator

    I saw some pics of these mini cows and they were just too cute!

    My niece has goats, sheep, mini pony, and I was thinking a mini cow would be a perfect addition to her farm.

    Anybody know much about them? Anybody have one?
  2. Picco

    Picco Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    Irish Dexters are great! I don't know much about them other than they are small and a good homesteader breed.
  3. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    What breed where you thinking of. Some of the cattle they now call mini's are really the original ancestors before the industry started the bigger is better craze and breeding them up. It is only now they finally figured out that bigger is not better and pound for pound the original has better feed conversion rates. Most "mini" size cattle need half an acre of good grass to thrive.
  4. MBLayfield

    MBLayfield Songster

    Oct 22, 2007
    Wellsville, UT
    I've been eyeballing these cows for some time now. I haven't found any yet that are less than $1500.00 each. We are selling out our angus this year and I sure would like some of these instead. Have you googled for mini cows yet? Thats what I did when I got home from the state fair (enablers I tell ya)
  5. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    Dexters? read here before getting dexters. Some lines are great and other lines are just plain mean. On top of that there are genetic issues to watch out for.

    What breeds are you looking for MB. We spend a lot of time in the mini/small cow community and may be able to help find a breeder. Prices are not always as bad as you posted if you know the right people. is a good place to start learning about them Rob. Or email me and I will answer your questions if I can.
  6. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator

    Wow, that's a lot of great replies for so late at night!

    I wonder if my sister-in-law is going to kill me for even suggesting it to my niece!?
  7. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    Your sister may kill you but your niece will likely LOVE you! Win some, lose some. [​IMG]
  8. beefy

    beefy Flamingo Daddy-o

    Apr 21, 2007
    South Georgia
    cows are gregarious by nature and will be MUCH happier with a companion of like species.

    there are all sorts of mini breeds. miniature herefords, miniature zebu, miniature jerseys...

    miniature hereford would probably be the way to go as herefords in general are pretty laid back.

    then they have a bunch of miniature "breeds" that were created just for neat coloring like the panda cattle.
  9. seedcorn

    seedcorn Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    NE. IN
    I've been told by those that have cattle that trying to rehome one cow is never a simple solution. They like company. From reading that attached article, one huge mistake was to seperate a cow from her calf and re homing her--no wonder that cow didn't like them, would you if you were in the cow's situation?
  10. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I may get one later on. I saved the info in that link.

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