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, the North American International Livestock Exposition, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Star of Texas Show & Rodeo and several 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.
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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!