MHBA Online – Welcome!

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Our website was created to provide information regarding all aspects of the Miniature Hereford business for both the general public and our members.  To gain access to Members-Only articles and information, please join our association!  Otherwise, feel free to browse the links provided to learn about the amazing Miniature Hereford.

MHBA (Miniature Hereford Breeders Association) was organized and established by breeders of Miniature Hereford cattle as a conduit to market and educate breeders and enthusiasts about these mini cattle. MHBA sanctions and sponsors numerous Miniature Hereford Livestock shows across the USA including the National Western Livestock Show and Rodeo in Denver, the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, the American Royal in Kansas City and many more.  Over the past ten years, shows have been the most rewarding method of introducing the breed to the public for the first time, and thus encouraging increased sales.

Thank you for visiting and we hope you have an enjoyable experience on our website!

 

Why Miniature Herefords?

That is a very good question.  Why not?

Miniature Herefords have a dedicated following in their breeders and admirers.  The reasons range from purely scientific to a simple “I just LIKE ‘em!”  For the record, we’ll provde a few reasons why you, too, should become involved with Mini Herefords:

 

  • Smaller size means less feed needed.  Face it.  Feed today is expensive!  Pasture is expensive!  Miniature Herefords, weighing 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 – your pastures will love the Minis!  Especially the spots around the water trough.
  • 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 or 1,000 lbs, and 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 dinnerplate!  Where would you squeeze in your baked potato?  Consider the recomended serving size for meat, and a Mini Hereford steak is right on the money – with a little extra just ‘cuz.
  • 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!
So, are you convinced?

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  1. I’ve been trying to convince my dad for 5 years now to switch to miniature herefords, but the only way he’ll agree is if they have horns. Is it possible for miniature herefords to have horns and keep breeding them so keep the horns?

    1. Actually, most of the Miniature Herefords are horned, but many have been dehorned. For example, I only raise horned Miniature Herefords, but I dehorn most of those I show. However, I also prefer the horns and leave them alone if I know I am going to keep an animal and use it for breeding purposes.

    2. A true 100% pure blood Hereford is always horned. All of my minis are horned and the only way to get rid of them is to dehorn at an early age. If anyone says that their polled Hereford is pure blood you should know that somewhere along the line something other than a Hereford was used to remove horns. This was told to me by the grandpappy of the mini Hereford Mr. Russ Largent himself over 20 years ago and I hold this to be solid truth. A horned Hereford will 100% of the time have a horned offspring. Many persons that have been introduced to the horned cattle tend to be a little intimidated by the horns but we find them to be just as safe to be around as the polled. You do have to be careful around them when you have a bucket of cubes however as they can very accurately take the bucket from you with a nod of their head. Having been around them for the past 20 years I can truthfully say that if I got a bruise from a set of horns it was my fault and not the cow. tks Ken Willingham

      1. Actually polled Herefords are as true a Hereford as horned. ALL Herefords came from the same base starting in Herefordshire, England and involved Longhorns, Shorthorns and such. If you can obtain a copy of “A History of Hereford cattle and their breeders” by E. Heath-Agnew published in the UK you can read how an American lawyer, Warren Gammon, started the line of polled Herefords FROM purebred Herefords. I have both horned and polled Miniature Herefords but two heifers were born in 2012 to horned cows from two separate horned bulls (and only horns in their extended backgrounds) which appeared to be polled until they were yearlings then very tiny scurs were found. These have not grown therefore I have not dehorned them and they still look like polled animals. It is a genetic freak of nature but it does happen. There is certainly NO other breed in any of my animals or their pedigrees.

      2. Where do some of you people come up with these statements? They hurt your credibility, they hurt Largent because others know he wouldn’t say any thing near that, they hurt the very credible Johnsons of Straitside in Sequim who along with Largents used standard polled on their miniature horned to get polled miniatures (still very PURE, just with a standard size brought in to bring a particular characteristic onto the miniature), and they hurt the association when a new person logs in and sees dumb comments like that and might think other livestock owners might also be dumb. Actually, many livestock owners of any breed are very ignorant about genetics, but usually do and should keep quiet about what they do not know .

  2. What is your opinion of breeding a mini hereford to a Wagyu bull? I know several people that want to buy sides of beef from me but don’t want 200 plus pounds in their freezer. My bull throws calves in the 50-60 lb range on a wagyu cow. Wagyus tend to have smaller calves and I have been thinking of crossing one of the dwarf breeds: Dexter, mini hereford or low line Angus to get a smaller framed but highly marbled product that will yield closer to 150 pounds in freezer.

  3. I would like to know if anyone has a chart to estimate a miniature herefords weight, based on its girth measurement. I have a chart to estimate regular beef cattle by measuring chest circumference behind its front legs. Not sure if it would be the same.

    1. Actually, the mid-West is one of our strongest markets right now. The growth of the Iowa Junior Beef Breeds Association show program for Miniature Herefords is thriving and the MHBA membership is expanding rapidly there.
      This breed is also a solid beef option for families, and there is an expanding market for home-grown, naturally raised beef. The carcass size is also practical for the home freezer.
      The increasing number of hobby farmers in the area is also a strong market.
      Really, the marketing options are only limited by your imgaination and willingness to explore them!

    2. I live in the middle of Missouri and have been raising Mini Herefords for the past 19 years. Drop me an email at kenwill@hughes.net and I will be glad to tell you about what we do and how we have done over the years. Our web is
      itebteranch.net if you want to see our herd. Cell 573-338-4049 tks Ken Willingham

  4. We are close to Houston and have a mini herd for sale. We have registered cows and heifers, registered bulls and steers for sale. Please email me if interested.

    1. Hi, we’re looking for a young, polled bull to add to our mini herd. Do you have any bulls available?
      Thanks, Bob & Sue Radkiewicz

      1. I have a yearling polled bull for sale (KAP bloodlines) will be a 00 or 000 and his father (Ozark Mt. ) that will be offered in the late spring. Willing to negotiate on price. We live very close to the Canadian Border in Eastern NY so I know it will be a bit out of the way for most people. Please send me an email for more information.

      2. Re: Young, polled bull

        Abraham “Baby Abe” born 4/11/13 – Noah, born 4/27/14
        A great deal of hands-on contact. Noah has exceptional conformation.

        Location: Coleville, CA 96107 -818-300-4866

  5. To anyone who is interested we live in Uintah Utah just 40 miles north of Salt Lake City. We have Miniature Hereford Bulls, Steers and Heifers for sale. They have great blood lines and are perfect to start your herd. Your can find our contact information on the MHBA Website under Region 9 Directors

  6. Are there any Miniature Hereford Breeders in the Middle TN/Cumberland Plateau area? I would love to visit one and get an idea if this is the breed for me. I currently have a Hereford heifer who was susposed to be standard size but she is 8 months old currently and is not as tall as my 7 month old Jersey heifer. Of course she is massively built with nice heavy body and nice thick boned legs. She is a sweetie and if she is a Miniature I would certainly be more than interested in a couple more with this gentle disposition.

  7. The number of acres per animal unit (cow) can vary widely, from less than one for irrigated pasture to more than 20 in parts of the arid Southwest. It is best to ask your local extension agent what typical stocking rates for cattle are in your area and then double that number for the amount of Miniature Herefords you can usually stock.

  8. I am trying to add to my herd and would like to purchase heifers or preferably bred cows. I have a friend leaving MS and going to visit family in NE who hauls cattle. He will be leaving in a couple of weeks. Any available please reply back.

    thanks

      1. want to get started in raising mini cows, what size herd do you have, what kind of breed? What are you looking for in price? Where are you located?

  9. We have a 1, 2, and 3 year old cow/heifer available in central Colorado. Sire for all 3 is JW’s Windsor from J Bar W Cattle CO. We also have 2 steers available who will be ready for market by late summer. Feel free to contact us at 720-320-1540.

  10. I am looking for a polled or dehorned bull calf or yearling
    I have dexter crosses. near Michigan is preferred.
    Thanks

  11. Hello there I’m looking for some minatures in my area I’m from Hereford Tx. And wanted to start of small and work my way up. Can y’all help me

    1. Are you still looking to purchase some herefords. If you are please feel free to contact me at 806-206-1494, we are in Amarillo Texas and if we don’t have what you want I know several breeders in the area.

  12. Hello all,
    I live in northern Illinois and we are looking to buy a heifer or young cow. Any breeders close to Rockton Illinois? Please email me with any leads or info. Thank you

  13. At what age are most people butchering and are most people waiting for 18 months of age? We are interested in this breed in the Panhandle of Florida if there are any farms somewhat close by.

  14. We have bred cows, yearling exposed heifers, weaned heifers and a yearling bulls for sale. We have registered, commercial, and crossbreeds. Will make starter herd packages for anyone interested. We are located in Western Montana…

    1. I have a small heard and I want to add to it. Please contact me if you have any 3to5 year old cows. I live in South Dakota. Thanks Kimber

  15. We have a show quality heifer 7 months old for sale. Price is $2600 if anyone is interested. She is straight back, strong legs and blocky. Her blood line is Sandy Hills Farms and her sire is half brother to Sandy’s Grand Champion bull.

  16. Have a Polled Miniature Hereford bull for sale, one of the best if not the best miniature Hereford i have ever seen, would raise great show steers. Text for pictures @2178993015

    1. We have two cows and would like to obtain a bull. Can you send pics and price? Where are you located, we are in northwest PA.

      Thanks!

      1. We have a nice selection of young bulls (excellent pedigree) in N. E. Ohio. Will also have a few heifers of breeding age this spring. Phone (440) 224-2921.

  17. I’m still trying to build a herd in Pa. Looking for a polled bred, proven cow. I’d also like to know when I need to separate my 8 month old heifer and 9 month old bull calf so he doesn’t breed her before she’s 15 months old. When is she likely to start cycling? When is he able to breed? Thanks

    1. I would separate them now! I have had heifers start cycling as soon as 6 months, and bulls may be fertile as young as 9 months.

      I agree with you that 15 months is about the earliest I would want to breed a heifer to allow her to calve at 2 years old. It allows her to mature enough to be able to carry a calf better.

      I also wait to put a young bull in with cows/heifers until he is at least 13 months old, and even then just with a couple of them. Again, he needs to mature enough to be able to handle the stress of breeding. A Breeding Soundness Exam (BSE) is a good idea at 13 months, too, to make sure he is fertile.

    1. Hi-
      This question has been answered, if you look on the “Forums” tab under “General Discussion”. I might add that prices seem to have gone up quite a bit this last year because of a shortage in supply. The top seller at the recent Denver auction went for $8000 and steers sold for $1500. No bulls were in the auction, though.

  18. This year I will start looking for a new sire to put on my cows, but I’m pretty new to the mini Hereford business. My stock is of Point of Rocks (LS) and LC Ozark Mtn breeding. Could someone recommend some bloodlines that would be recognized throughout the community and add value? Thanks

    1. I have a mini hereford bull for sale with KAP bloodlines. Mature bull will service many cows. Please give me a call if interested.

      Ron
      641-230-0551

  19. I’m about 35 yrs removed from my steer showing days. Can someone remind me about how old a calf would be by the time it shows. I’m working on establishing a breeding/calving season. Thanks

    1. I’m not exactly sure what you are asking. A calf can be shown from the day it is born, both as part of a cow/calf pair and then also in its own age class. Shows are held year-round, so you could theoretically show a calf at any time.

      If you are asking about market steers in the typical county fair, Miniature Herefords in my experience need to be at least 18 months old to compete at all. And it seems that after about 24 months it can start to be harder & harder to hold them in good show condition. If you have one that is more than 30 months old, I wouldn’t bother trying to show it.

      1. Thank you, that helps. It seems that many shows in this area, including Houston, are in February and March. So, considering your advise of 18-24 months, something like May/June calving season should work. Any later than that, you have them calving in the heat of the summer.

  20. We are conventional cattlemen that are interested in breeding some miniature cattle in SD. We have been producing grass-fed Hereford beef. How does the Mini Herefords compare to standard Herefords in fertility and ability to exist only on grass? I presume that it could be disastrous to breed a standard bull to a Mini Hereford cow, right? Where are you located?

  21. We brought the first herd of mini’s to montana about 20 years ago. We are getting older and the kids don’t want to carry on the program so we have all categories of mini’s for sale. Call Pete at (406) 388-1760

  22. We are in Hot Springs, SD and have been raising and showing mini herefords since 2007. We will have calves available this spring. We also have some mini semen for sale. KAP Playmate Craig.

  23. I’m interested in what your pricing might be on the calves available this spring. I’m hoping to start a small breeding program here in AZ, for personal use.

    Thank you!

    Audra

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