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Ohio State Fair – Aug 1 to 2
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Nebraska State Fair – Aug 29 to Sep 1
PNW Regional Show (Oregon) – Sep 2 to 5
New Mexico State Fair – Sep 9 to 11
Utah State Fair – Sep 11 to 14
West Texas State Fair – Sep 13 to 14
Clay County Fair (Iowa) – Sep 13 to 15
Spokane Interstate Fair (Washington) – Sep 14 to 18
Tri-State Fair (Texas) – Sep 17 to 19
Oklahoma State Fair – Sep 20 to 23
Tulsa State Fair (Oklahoma) – Sep 29 to Oct 2
NILE (Montana) – Oct 15 to 17
North Carolina State Fair – Oct 17 to 19
State Fair of Texas – Oct 12 to 15
American Royal (Kansas City, MO) – Oct 19 to 23

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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?

100 thoughts on “MHBA Online – Welcome!

  1. 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. We have 3 registered bull calves out of JW’s Megabucks. Born Nov./Dec. 2015. All 3 will make good herd sires. $1500 each Stillwater, OK 918-348-5162

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

  3. 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. Hi Ashley, I do have three Hereford heifers , a cow and a miniature bull. The cow should be bred back. Thanks

    1. Hi, I’m a rancher in Brazil and I would like to know more about mini Herefords. I’m interested about the possibilities concerning feed efficiency and meat tenderness in mini cattle breeds. If you could send me am e-mail to discuss more about I would appreciate.

    2. Do you still have any cattle for sale? I would like to buy 3 to 4 cows or heifers and an unrelated bull able to breed with them. Would like them to be some what close in age. If you have anything like I’m looking for please email me back. Thanks

    1. Hi Dave,
      I have 2 Lowline/Mini Hereford heifer calves. DOB 4/17/16 and DOB 6/16/16.
      Both are out of my Purebred, Registered Lowline bull (PM18276) and unregistered Mini Hereford mommas. I keep calves on their mommas for 6 months. I’m about 40 miles east of Dalllas and am a member of: ALR, AHA, MHBA, BGS and TSCRA.
      Give me a call if interested. Kathy 269-369-7257

      1. Hi my name is Jackie mills. do you still have the heifers available and may I ask how much they are. thanks

        1. Hi Jackie,
          The younger one, DOB 06/16/16, is still available. The older one, DOB 4/17/16, may be sold – I’ll have to confirm this with the Buyer. Price is $1500/ea. Both can be registered with the ALR as Moderator Plus, add $30.
          Both are out of really nice Mini Hereford mommas. The younger will probably mature at 000 Frame Score. The older one will probably mature at 00 Frame Score. Great dispositions, family-friendly.
          Thanks so much for your interest!
          Kathy
          Call or text: 269-369-7257

    2. I had 4 Lowline/mini Hereford heifers born this spring (Mayish). They are still on the cow, but would consider selling them in a couple months after weaning. Let me know if you are interstested.

      1. Are you still considering selling them or have you already sold them? And if not what is your asking price of you don’t mind me asking.

    3. I have a miniature bull , a mini cow that calved on April 6th of this year and her calf is a heifer. She should be bred back . I would consider selling them as a package deal if you are interested . Thanks !!

  4. 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.

    1. Hi,
      I`m from Nord Germany and very interested in Import mini hereford semen.
      Please Contact me.
      Kind regards
      Ulf

        1. He have 14 cows with 10 calves at side for sale. They are in Kansas and are just exposed to JWs Megabucks, an award winning bull from Justin Grady. Send me text if you want more information 620-842-2543.

  5. I’m looking for miniature Hereford heifers and cows (exposed or open) preferably located a short distance from southern Ohio. Just getting started raising miniature Herefords and trying to build a herd.

    1. Hi David yes I have both please give me a call 641 230 0551 I a planning a trip that way . THANKS Ron

    2. Hi, I live in southern Ohio near gallipolis Ohio and I have some miniature cattle for sale . Will sell as a package deal or can separate if you are interested. Thanks

  6. I have 4 mini hereford bulls for sale in central wisconsin that would be ready to breed for 2016, call or text 715-486-6380

  7. As a new member as of 2016, I am finding it hard to fined a miniature cattle ranch here in southeast T that have full blooded cattle for sale. Please let me know if around Beaumont, texas Thanks Buck

    1. Actually, you are near the highest density of Miniature Hereford owners in the country, so you should be able to easily find some.

      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.

    2. I have registered 3 mini cows and calfs in Texas all mini calfs on the side of the mothers!! All perfect in every way!! If interested I can send pictures!! The cows have been showed before and the mini father won awards at San Antonio this year!! Call 325-227-9362

    3. I live near Burnet Texas .
      I currently have 1 fullblood heifers that will be for sale at weaning.
      Call me if you are interested.
      (512)-756-3342

    1. Where is Bear Creek farm located I have been looking for 2 or 3 bred heifers but I live in Waller TX and there are quite a few breeders right here close but no one has anything for sale

  8. I have 5 Mini Hereford heifers and 2 bulls for sale. With age span from yearling to bred. They have Kap and LS Bloodlines. I live in northern Ohio. If interested please call 330-695-5722

  9. I have a few questions. What happens when a standard size bull breeds a mini cow? Do minis ever compete well against standard size Herefords at big shows? Do any mini breeders keep EPD records?

    1. Christine,
      If a standard size breeds a mini cow, you may have a problem. I lost a great cow last year because the neighbor’s brangus bull came visiting.

      1. Hey Bear Creek,

        Thanks for the come back. I’m in Central Texas. Iowa is just a little far.
        Appreciate it though.

  10. Hello I live in lapeer county mi and would like to start raising some mini herefords. So if any one could help me out with a breeder close to me it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you jim

  11. I live in Eau Claire, curious to know if you have any mini-moo’s, preferably a bred 1 and not a heifer, unless these mini’s are not “‘touchy”” like some 1st calf heifers. Thanks

  12. I’m In the market to find a mini Hereford heifer show ready to start if anyone knows someone or has some please get In touch with me. Thank you in advance

    1. HI keith yes I have several calves with varies ages to choose from starting at 2500 and up please call me 641 230 0551 THANKS RON

  13. I have two very nice show heifer’s BOTTLE babies!!! EXCELLENT bloodlines, & perfect for 4h projects!!!very sweet & tame! Will sell one or both!!! Contact for pricing/pics 540-484-8887 in Virginia

  14. I’m looking for a starter herd of Registered Miniature Hereford’s. Looking for 6-7 heifers/cows, bred heifers/cows and a bull. My main goal now will be to raise 4H animals. I am in Northeast Pennsylvania, any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  15. I am looking for a mini Hereford heifer just to start with…needs to be registered doesn’t have to be show quality. Just starting out with minis.

  16. I’m looking for 1-2 Reg. Polled Heifers under 4 years old and at least halter broke. I’m in Indiana but willing to travel 200-300 miles. Thanks (765) 337-5976, leave message.

  17. Have a September show steer for sale. Bred by Rolling Hills Farms. Have video and pictures available. Text or call 309 371 6686. $1500. Price and delivery negotiable.

  18. Live in Southern Alberta Canada looking to purchase 2 or 3 bred heifers, do not have to be show quality. Looking for a good deal. thanks

    1. Actually, I got into the breed almost twenty years ago solely for the meat. Miniature Herefords are about half the size of standard Herefords, so a side of beef is perfect for a family and fits in the freezer. The flavor is excellent and the meat tends to be more tender because of the shorter muscle fibers. A ribeye is just the right size for a plate, and no one ever knows it is from a mini unless I tell them. I have a waiting list of folks for the meat, but some of them at the bottom of the list have been waiting for years – I sell out easily every year.
      There is also a huge market for show animals, primarily for younger children. They are especially good to prepare little ones for showing larger breeds because they are so gentle and easy to handle.
      I don’t believe I have ever sold a Miniature Hereford as a pet. Some folks use them as a tax exemption for ag status on their land because it so easy to raise them, but those are still financially motivated sales.

      1. What size is are your animals, height and weight when butchered.
        Do you grain finish ? what and how much. Or do you just only grass feed.?
        Thanks,
        Jon

        1. Steers can vary quite a bit on height & weight when we butcher, but go from about 750 lbs. up to about 1200 lbs. and about 45″ to 48″.
          I prefer grain finished beef, but only have to finish for about 45 days to get what I like. We feed some as much as 90 days. I also have customers that prefer that grass finished beef, and Miniature Herefords marble well on grass.

  19. Thanks for the info. How old are they at slaughter and how much and what type of grain is best? Straight corn? Do you confine to a small space?

    1. I slaughter anywhere between 18 and 24 months, if I can. The younger beef is a little more tender, but the older beef is better marbled & more flavorful. For grain options there are as many different feeds as there are feeders. Personally, I use a show feed mix that comes bagged, because I don’t have many animals and I don’t have a lot of time to custom mix. But it is more expensive that way. Straight corn is not something I would recommend – it is a “hot” feed and can be difficult to feed properly to avoid bloat (and possibly death.) There are many feed mixtures online that you can choose from to fit your situation. Just start them off with small amounts & gradually increase to allow the rumen bugs to adjust. Also be sure to feed them some roughage/fiber/hay with your concentrated feed.
      Sometimes I confine; sometimes I don’t. Either can work, depending on your situation.

  20. I live in northeast Ohio and I am going to be traveling to the Columbus area in September. Looking for anybody in that route that has some mini’s that we can come look at. We are looking to change our herd from full size to mini. Please let me know if anyone has time to show us there cows.

  21. I’ll add our name to the list of bull calves being offered. Weaning just started and some are in halter training. We are located near Madisonville, Texas, 90 miles northwest of Houston. You can see photos and parentage of the calves at our website: jcsminihereford.com

    1. What is your price for a bred heifer or young cow? Also do you have bulls that would b unrelated to the cows? Price for a bull? Very partial to Herefords but retired after a life with the full sized ones. Commercial, registered and show in Montana.

    1. A Miniature Hereford bull can breed with any other breed of cattle. I have personally sold bulls to several commercial breeders for them to use on first calf heifers and/or to moderate the frame score in one generation. Size does not seem to be any issue for these little bulls!

  22. Hello, my husband and I are interested in a heifer and a bull. We have a 4 yr old who has been showing chickens lately and we would like to upgrade him to something larger for next years fair season, these mini’s would be awesome seeing he wants a cow but being so small I was worried. My husband showed heifers throughout school so we have plenty of experience there. Do any of y’all have a website we would be able to see our options? If so please reply we would love to start this new journey in life 🙂 Thanks!

    1. Perhaps you should check out the breeder websites. They can be found under the “Membership” tab, either under “MHBA Member Map’ where you can click and drag to find breeders’ contact information (just click on the red pins for that info) or go to the “Member Spreadsheet” under column K for clickable links to websites.

  23. any good websites on care, can they be shipped to Alaska? We have a smaller plot of land and have goats and chickens but would love a cow but they get huge and cost loads

    1. Actually, this website has some good resources. I especially recommend that you check out “How-To’s”, “FAQ”, and “Health” under the “News/FAQ” tab. My best suggestion for learning about care of beef cattle is Heather Smith Thomas’s “Raising Beef Cattle” book. It is a great overview of cattle care.

      Miniature Herefords can be shipped anywhere in the world – depending on how much you have to spend! But for your situation, there are not currently any breeders in Alaska, so you would need to arrange with someone from the lower 48 to ship up there. Possibly a less expensive/easier option for you would be to buy embryos to put in standard sized cows. Shipping embryos is easy and the recipient cows can be purchased at a sale barn.

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