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?

73 thoughts on “MHBA Online – Welcome!

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

  2. 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.

    1. Do you have any minis for sake at this time . We live east of Louisville. Would love to come and see what you have . Thanks,

  3. 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

    1. I have 2 minni heifers for sale one is a purebred and the other is a cross with a lowline angus. I am located in southeastern Wisconsin

      1. Hi, I’d like to talk with you about the heifers.
        Leroy Wetzel
        Ramsey, In 47166
        Home, 812-347-0104
        Cell, 812-736-6109

      2. Do you still have the heifers? We are interested in both. We live near Madison Wi. Or if you know of any other minis forsale please call or text to 1(608) 444-2106 Thankyou

      3. Im in west central wisconsin. I am also looking to buy hereford or hereford cross. We are looking for polled bred females, or 3 in 1 packages. Looking forward.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

    2. would like to know more would like to get a starter herd going in South Dakota my number is 605-220-3375

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. looking for top quality heifers and cows please call if you have a deal for them all . sincerely Ted 406 240 7611

  12. I am lookimg to get into the miniherefords to rasi and show I have grew up in 4-h and F F A phone 405-650-6130 you can call me anytime Thank you

  13. Interested in small herd close to MN. Looking for cow calf pairs or heifers. Please send price and pics. Thanks

  14. Miniature Hereford cattle sale starts now! We are offering heifers, bulls, and a steer, cow calf combos, proven cows and bulls, and yearlings for individual sale or in package deals to fit your needs. All our minis are registered (with the exception of the steer) grass fed beef with full pedigrees and DNA profiles. We can help you begin or expand your breeding program, or provide Herford quality grass feed beef for your family. Message us here or call 276-608-9134 or 276-608-9450. Bristol TN

    1. We are in GA and looking to begin a program. Please contact me at (520) 444-3326 or at scarletnaz @ gmail.com

      1. Depending on what your goals are, we have a lot of help available from the Miniature Hereford Breeders Association – whether it is starting a herd, organizing a show in your area, or working with other breeders on projects. Just let us know what you need!

  15. Looking for a start group (2-3 cows/heifers + bull) around UT. Willing to drive to CO, ID, NM, Amarillo, AZ. 435.851.4960

  16. Hi,

    Looking for more information on miniature Herefords and breeders who are in or near the state of Pennsylvania.

    Thanks

    Mike

  17. We are now booking purebred cattle auctions Call for best dates at Coy Clinton Auction Service where your sale is the only one that matters Call14172573166

  18. Hi I would like to get in to breeding mini Herefords if any one could guide me to a breeder in northern calif so I could prices that would be great thank you very much.

    1. The best way to find breeders near you is to go to the “Membership” tab on this website, and click on “MHBA Member Map”. Then you can zoom in and out, and drag the map to find folks close to you. If you click on the map pins, you will get their contact information, including websites.

      Another good way is to contact either of the Regional Directors on the West coast. Go to the “Membership” tab and click “MHBA Board Members” to contact them.

      There is also a spreadsheet listing of our membership under the “Membership” tab that you can scroll through and search.

  19. Hi, I´m a breeder in Denmark – I have 12 embryons for sale and in the spring we will have mini Hereford semen – ready for export worldwide.
    I have 2 cows and 2 bulls and Im interested in buying embryons and semen.

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