Welcome to MHBA online!

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.

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?

2014 Denver Miniature Hereford Show and Sale!

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The premier annual show and sale for Miniature Herefords!

January 22-26, 2014 in Denver, Colorado!

Show Entry deadline November 20, 2013

Sale Consignment deadline November 30, 2013

You don’t want to miss this opportunity to see the best the breed has to offer and meet Miniature Hereford Breeders Association members from across the nation!

For more information for the show and sale  go to “Events” and click on “Shows” and “Sales”. Go to January 2014 to click on the event. Additional information may be found at the NWSS website at www.nationalwestern.com

More questions? Contact:

Justin Grady     (303) 646-9497    jbarwcattleco@aol.com

Charlotte Williams    (970) 264-1014   cawmomcow@hotmail.com

See you in the Mile High City!

 

 

2013 NILE

NILE Miniature Hereford Show in Billings, Montana
Saturday October 19th, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
The judge was Bruce Kiesewetter from Letts, IA
OPEN SHOW
Class 1A- Heifer Calf- 1/1/13 & after
1st-EZ Chesters Lil Dottie  owned by: EZ/Mini Herefords of Whitefish,Mt. shown by:Casey Morris
2nd-EZ Winchesters Tiny owned & shown by: Isabell Johnson of Whitefish, Mt.(EZ/Mini Herefords)
3rd-LL Playmate Bundtini owned by: Lindsay Littles of Hot Springs, SD shown by: Justin Irgens
4th-LL Playmate Quatro owned by: Lindsay Littles of Hot Springs, S.D. shown by: Brandy March
5th-Liberty’s Playmate Frances owned by: Mycas Minnies of Buffalo Gap, S.D. shown by: Myca Cantrell
Class 2A- Heifer Calf- 9/1-12/31/12
1st-D&A Empress Emolyn owned & shown by: David Bennett of Rupert,
Class 4A- Heifer- 1/1-4/30/12
1st-LL Playmate Princess owned & shown by Alexis Johnson of Whitefish, Mt.(EZ/Mini Herefords)
2nd-LL Playmate Oralee owned by: Mycas Minnies of Buffalo Gap, SD shown by: Myca Cantrell
Class 4D-GRAND CHAMPION HEIFER
EZ Chesters Lil Dottie owned by EZ/Mini Herefords of Whitefish, Mt shown by: Casey Morris
Class 4E-RESERVE CHAMPION HEIFER
LL Playmate Princess owned & shown by: Alexis Johnson of Whitefish, MT (EZ/Mini Herefords)
Class 5A-Cow/Calf Pair
1st-Orion’s Red Oakette, EZ Chesters Lil Dottie owned by: EZ/Mini Herefords of Whitefish, Mt. shown by: Skip Schroeder & Alexis Johnson
2nd-LL Playmate Pearl, EZ Winchesters Tiny owned by: Isabell Johnson of Whitefish, Mt (EZ/Mini Herefords) shown by: Isabell Johnson & Casey Morris
3rd-LL Playmate Gracie, Liberty’s Playmate Frances owned by: Mycas Minnies shown by: Myca Cantrell & Brandy March
Class 5B- GRAND CHAMPION COW/CALF PAIR
Orion’s Red Oakette, EZ Chesters Lil Dottie owned by: EZ/Mini Herefords of Whitefish, Mt shown by: Skip Schroeder & Alexis Johnson
Class 5C RESERVE CHAMPION COW/CALF PAIR
LL Playmate Pearl, EZ Winchesters Tiny owned by: Isabell Johnson of Whitefish, Mt (EZ/Mini Herefords) shown by: Isabell Johnson & Casey Morris
Class 6A-Bull Calf 1/1/13 & after
1st-DNT’s Quip’s Peter Pan owned by: Shadow Mountain Cattle of Genola, UT shown by: Cameron Daniels
2nd-LL Playmate Traces Primero owned by: Lindsay Littles of Hot Springs, SD shown by: Justin Irgens
3rd-LL Playmate Deuce owned & shown by: Brandy March of Hot Springs, SD
4th-DNT’s Hunters Spirit owned by: Shadow Mountain Cattle of Genola, UT shown by: Hadley Daniels
Class 7A-Bull Calf 9/1-12/31/12
1st-D&A Sir Shawn owned & shown by: David Bennett of Rupert, ID
Class 9A-Bull 1/1-4/30/12
1st-JW’s Apollo owned by: Shadow Mountain Cattle of Genola, UT shown by: Daniel Taylor
Class 10D- GRAND CHAMPION BULL
DNT’s Quips Peter Pan owned by: Shadow Mountain Cattle of Genola, UT shown by: Cameron Daniels
Class 10E-RESERVE CHAMPION BULL
D&A Sir Shawn owned & shown by: David Bennett of Rupert, ID
YOUTH SHOW
Class 13A-Jr. Prospect Heifer after 1/1/13
1st-EZ Chesters Lil Dottie owned by: EZ/Mini Herefords of Whitefish, Mt shown by:Alexis Johnson
2nd-EZ Winchesters Tiny owned & shown by: Isabell Johnson of Whitefish, Mt (EZ/Mini Herefords)
3rd-Liberty’s Playmate Frances owned by: Mycas Minnies of Buffalo Gap, SD shown by: Myca Cantrell
Class 15A-Junior Showmanship
Grand Champion Showman- Isabell Johnson of Whitefish, Mt showing EZ Chesters Lil Dottie
Reserve Champion Showman-Hadley Daniels of Genola, Ut showing DNT’s Hunters Spirit
3rd Place-Alexis Johnson of Whitefish, Mt showing LL Playmate Princess
Class 15B-Senior Showmanship
Grand Champion Showman-Cameron Daniels of Genola, Ut showing DNT’s Quip’s Peter Pan
Reserve Champion Showman-Justin Irgens of Baker, Mt showing LL Playmate Traces Primero
3rd Place-Brandy March of Hot Springs, SD showing LL Playmate Deuce
4th Place-Myca Cantrell of Buffalo Gap, SD showing LL Playmate Oralee

 

 

Steven R. Splitt

SPLITT-STEVEOur good friend and foundation member of the Miniature Hereford Breeders Association, Steven R. Splitt, has passed away.

Steven R. Splitt, 58, of North Platte, passed away August 15, 2013 at his home. He was born Oct. 20, 1954 to William and Dorothy (Horner) Splitt at Nebraska City, NE. Steve grew up in Nebraska City and graduated in 1973. He started his employment with N.P.P.D. in Beatrice and transferred to Sutherland Gerald Gentleman, where he was currently the operations supervisor with 37 years of service. On Jan. 10, 1992, he was united in marriage to Judy Lashley. Steve loved Husker football and the N.Y. Yankees. His passion was on Splitt Creek Ranch, where he and Judy raised miniature Hereford’s. He was instrumental in the Youth Miniature Hereford Association with scholarships and other programs. He is survived by his wife, Judy of North Platte; children, Amie Splitt of Lincoln, Audrey (Jay) Ediger of North Platte, Kily (Shaun) Brott of North Platte and Briton (Kelli) Gorley of Lincoln; seven grandchildren; a brother, Dwight (Marni) Splitt of Hastings; a sister, Sharon (Ron) Buman of Florida; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Miniature Hereford Youth Foundation. Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 19, 2013 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel in North Platte. Inurnment will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at Lewiston Cemetery near Murray, NE. Those wishing to sign the memorial book may do so from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.

Clay County Fair – Iowa!

Are you looking for another place to show your Miniature Herefords?

 

You have worked hard to get them ready for the Iowa State Fair – why not show them again just a month later?

 

Clay County Fair in Spencer, IA – their boast: we are the “World’s Greatest County Fair” – it is BIG and Impressive. NW Iowa – Next to the IowaGreat Lakes

 

May Arrive: Tuesday, September 10, 7:00 P.M.

 

Must Be In: Wednesday, September 11, 8:00 a.m.

 

Show: Thursday, September 12, 8:00 a.m.

 

Release: Thursday, September 12, 5:00 p.m.

 

Must Be Out: Thursday, September 12, 7:00 p.m.

 

Registrations must be in by August 1!  Just around the corner. Late entries will be taken until August 15 with a $20 late fee.

 

Here is a link to the Beef Cattle Handbook PDF: http://claycountyfair.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/2013-Beef-Cattle1.pdf

(All the times, information, and registration forms are located in this handbook)

 

Wait! Don’t Turn Out Those Old Show Heifers Just Yet!

Old show heifers may be the greatest tool with which to teach a youngster how to clip and fit! While doing our McCullough Fitting Clinics, we are often asked how a child can get better at clipping and fitting. At clinics, we can teach the proper techniques of clipping, the reason why you remove the hair and leave the hair in the places we do, but unless they actually get the clippers in their hands and practice, they won’t become great at it. Think of the great athletes. They spend countless hours practicing for an event. Michael Jorden, Shawn Johnson, Peyton Manning to name just a few, spent countless hours practicing to be the best they could be. This is the same with showing, clipping, and fitting cattle. The more comfortable you are with the feel of the clippers in your hand, the comb, and show stick, the better showman you will be.
Another question we get asked is, what age is a good time to start? Well, the sooner you start the better you will be. Sure there will be some MAJOR screw ups, and that is part of it. This is why the old show cattle need to be kept around to practice on! In the past, we have even broke 5 or 6 replacement heifers for Erin and Cody to clip on so they and we don’t have to worry about them messing up on the cattle they are actually showing that year. As for learning how to fit, the more they do it, the better they will get. Our children were able to practice on the show cattle they were showing for the year. They just had to make sure to oil and wash the glue out afterward then apply oil to the places they glued in order to keep the hide from getting dried out. At first, the clippers were not used until they had the right idea of what the leg should look like and where the hair needed to come off. Working alongside of a great fitter is a perfect way to be able to develop a young person’s skills. This works as long as the fitter will let them work alongside of them and the child will respond to constructive criticism. God has blessed us all with skills that He wants us to use for His Glory. Our job is to look at what we or our children are interested in and help them become the best they can be. All athletes set goals and focus on developing their skills. I remember back on my 4H years and when starting out a new year, I would set goals on what I wanted to accomplish that year and the areas in which I wanted to improve. If you do this, you will be challenging yourself to work harder to become something better.
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 NIV
“Do your best and let God do the Rest”

Chuck and Karen McCullough, McCullough Fitting Clinics. If you have any questions feel free to call,
Chuck McCullough 641-344-5566, Karen McCullough 641-344-5548.