Miniature Herefords are a wonderful kind of Hereford. They have so much to offer in so many areas.
Pets. Miniature Herefords make wonderful pets. No, they cannot be housetrained. But they have such gentle, sweet temperaments that make them a joy to be around. Their small size makes them far less intimidating than modern and even Classic cattle.
Beef. Bred from the Classic Hereford, Miniature Herefords also possess a superior ability to create beef. Their small size again comes in handy as they require less feed to maintain their own condition and raise a calf, and also when it comes time to process the beef. One family can process the meat in a day, and if you’ve got a pretty strong guy around, he can probably even lift a quarter without the aid of machinery. You wouldn’t catch anyone trying that with a quarter of a modern steer!! It is commonly touted that you can raise more beef per acre with Miniature Herefords than you can with modern Herefords. It is this reason why they make such wonderful additions to any homestead or self-sufficient family’s barnyard.
4H, FFA. Kids just love the little babies when they arrive, and even a very young child is perfectly safe leading a weanling Miniature Hereford calf around for shows. Have you ever seen some poor kid drug around the showring by an excited Angus calf? Not gonna happen with a Mini Hereford. Not only are they naturally more docile, but they just don’t have that weight to “throw around” so to speak.
Tax Exemption Status. I am not personally involved in this, because the tax laws in my county are rather bizarre and on 10 acres it just isn’t worth the paperwork. I’ve heard, however, that in some areas of the country, the tax advantages of Mini Herefords are outstanding. I believe that to qualify for agricultural tax exempt status, you must run a certain number of animals on your property – no problem with these little cows! You can usually run twice as many Minis as moderns, sometimes thrice as many. Therefore, you can acquire exempt status on less acreage.
And best of all, they’re just plain CUTE!