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Welcome to MHBA Online!

Fall Show Season is starting!

Check out the Events tab to see what is coming up and when the deadlines fall for fall.

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From our friends Down Under:

“Sincere apologies to those who sent entries in for the 2014 Virtual Cattle Show but owing to so few entries this time it has been cancelled.   We would, however, like to hold on to the photos sent in in case we can revive the show next year if that suits everyone.”

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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?

 

72 thoughts on “Welcome to MHBA Online!”

    1. WE ARE VERY INTERESTED IN STARTING A SMALL HERS OF 3 TO 4 HEAD , WHAT IS THE AVERAGE COST OF THIS TYPE OF COW? THX YOU

      1. Asking about the averages price for a Miniature Hereford is a little like asking what the average price of a car is. A lot depends on what you want. A few hundred dollars might buy you an animal, but the quality would probably be low. And prices have been rapidly rising recently, because demand is high and supply is low.

  1. An average price is difficult to pin down because there is so much variation in size, quality and availability of animals. If someone is trying to get rid of their herd, you might pick up an older cow or lesser quality heifer for a few hundred dollars at a sale barn.
    The least I’ve ever paid for a bred heifer was $2000, but a good quality show heifer will be several thousand dollars.
    Similarly, there are bulls available for a few hundred dollars, but for a better quality animal to sire good calves you will pay quite a bit more.

    I sell prospect show steers for $2000, show heifers for $3500 and good bulls for $3000, minimum.
    Prices go up quickly from there!

    1. We have for sale three yearling heifers that are open and are show ring quality priced at $2800 each. Their sire is from Sandy Hills Farm and is half brother to SHF Disco Thunder who was several times Grand Champion and can be seen in the last quarter issue of Miniature Hereford News. Would give a discount if a person purchased all three. tks Ken Willingham

      1. Are your three heifers still for sale? Very interested . Live on 25 acre farm outside Richmond Virginia.

        Thanks,

        Jim

        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

  2. I am very interested in getting into the mini hereford business as beef cattle for the reasons listed above. But what I don’t understand is how does one afford to slaughter for meat an animal that’s worth 2000-3000 thousand dollars. Can someone help me understand this?

    1. Not every Miniature Hereford is worth $2000 or more.There are very few bulls that should be retained as breeding animals. Only the very best bulls should be retained as breeding animals and the rest should be castrated and made into steers. In the fifteen years I have been breeding, I have only kept five bulls intact. The rest of the males have been steers, either for show or meat, and all of those have been ultimately eaten!

    2. The initial investment is higher than regular full size breeds, but investment is recouped usually by selling breeding stock to other newer breeders. Heifers and cows will sell much higher than steers and again, help offset the initial investment. There is a good demand for steers for beef – I wish i’d had more steers to sell this year.

    3. You ask a very good question, especially when you look at it from a business standpoint. But as said already, even if you are raising calves for show, not every calf will turn out “good enough for the show ring”. Heifers will carry more value because if you are to grow your herd you need females. People like you need females – thus the demand. Heifers and bred cows are at an all time high right now in any breed – even stock cows. Remember, where you can make some of it back is your feed savings. To keep a mini cow for a year is 1/2 the cost of keeping a full sized cow around. If you hold on to your steers for meat, they will eat less, grow fast, and word-of-mouth on the quality of meat will get you your premium. Right now there is a lot of upside in owning a Miniature Hereford.

  3. P.n D> RANCH here in Winnsboro Tx.To my knowledge we are one of very few miniature hereford breeders in this region who have 2 certified HOMOZYGOUS polled BULLS.call me if I am wrong.903-588-0196. and to answer a question above, sometimes we get to many bulls and not all turn out to be breeding or show stock,so we do have to butcher,this size is great for a small family.

  4. We started our herd with quality show stock but we do not show ourselves even though we have great animals. We have spring 2013 heifers for sale at $1200 with a discount for quantity. Check out our website 2shoesranch.com

    1. 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?

      1. 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

  5. I recently bought 3 mini’s and was told they came from Point of Rock Ranch. My question is how early will the heifer come in heat, same as a full size?? Another question is I want to expand but can’t find any Mini Herefords close to Mississippi???

    1. Congratulations on your purchase of Miniature Herefords! Since Miniature Herefords are just short Herefords, most characteristics of them are the same. I have had heifers come into heat as early as six months, but they are really not grown enough to breed until about 15 months to allow for calving around 2 years old. Bulls are usually ready to go to work when they are a little more than a year old, but also need to grow a bit before reaching their full potential.

      You are correct, the Miniature Hereford Breeders Association has no members in Mississippi – you could be the first! (Just go to the “Membership” tab and click on “Join MHBA”.) But we do have some strong members in the surrounding area, so I recommend that you contact the Regional Director for your area, Julie Sandstrom. She is very knowledgeable and can answer any questions you have. You can contact her at julieasandstrom@gmail.com .

      1. COULD YOU SEND ME YOUR PHONE NO.
        I WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT
        MINIATURE HEREFORD COWS

  6. I don’t know if this is the appropriate place to do this but we have a registered polled bull to sell and would like to know the best way to advertise him. We have no breeders within a 250 mile radius of our farm and we are located in Northeast TN.

  7. I am a norwegian sheep-farmer that would like to start breeding some miniature Hereford cattle. Much of my grazing land has been out of use for some time and has been overgrown by birch-trees, so in addition to sheep I need some cattle to help keeping it in good condition. Some of the land is steep and mountainus, so I think a small and hardy breed like miniature Hereford could be a good option. Also the miniature Herefords seem like a very likable breed of cattle.
    What I would like to ask is if you sell embryos? And if so, is it possible for you to send it to Norway?
    I would probably be interested in buying 6 – 8 embryos. Preferably animals without the gene for horns (although othervise the veterinary can dehorn them), and if possible some animals with colour in the area around their eyes.
    If you have the possibility to sell embryos; about how much would it cost?
    If not; do you happen to have the e-mail or phone-number to any other mini-hereford producer in New Zealand that could possibly deliver embryos?
    All the best wishes from Tore Kvæven, Sirdal, Norway.

    1. Hello again. It is me who has written the above message about embryo wanted to Norway. I have now established contact with a farm in England that will provide me and a fellow Norwegian with 25 embryos. So that will hopefully be the start of the miniature Hereford breed in Norway as well. We look very much foreward to see them coming to life here. All the best from Tore Kvæven, Norvay

  8. Hi everyone im interested in miniature breeding I would like to know if there is a a place where I can go an buy any breed of miniature cattle in southern california

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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?

  17. 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.

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

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