Mini cows are the same as they sound like, they are normal cows but smaller in size. While it may seem unproductive but there are plenty of reasons why farmers should go for mini cows than normal size cows.
To find out what is mini? These are normal cows that have been bred into a compact size cows. It means you will get less milk in comparison to the normal cow but at the same time, you’ll be wasting a lot less money on care since they require less space as they eat less and drink less than a normal cow.
Mini cows are very loving and friendly pets. They only require about half an acre to live so you can save money spent on land. Not only are they good pets for the family, but they can produce milk and fertilizer for your family and farm. They are social pets that are used as animal therapy pets. They also enjoy a 4-H club.
The first thing you should be aware of mini cow is the category. Depending on the height of the miniature cow which is usually measured from the hip, is mainly categorized into three categories.
• Midsize miniature cows: 42 to 48 inches to the hip
• Standard miniature cows: 36 to 42 inches to the hip
• Micro-mini cows: below 36 inches to the hip
So, to give you an idea of how they are height is, a miniature cow is about as tall as an average five-year child. But they are healthy as an average five-year-old toddler?
Generally, mini cows are very healthy pets. They live from 12 to 25 years, so anyone looking to get one as a pet has to make a long-term commitment. The only thing pet owners should keep a look for is diseases. It is lethal chondrodysplasia. It leads to the abnormal growth of the cartilage and bone. All of this results in physical deformity in places such as the limbs, face, and spine and even in death.
Mini cows are almost one-half to a third of normal sized cow. Their heights don’t increase more than 48 inches and cows will stand about waist height next to an average height person. They weigh around 500 to 1,000 pounds, but they stay short in height. It is always a great option to get a mini cow from a reputed breeder just to be sure you are buying a miniature breed of a cow.
Small cattle are easy to take care of as they require land, equipment, and facilities. Those of us who once had cattle are aware of the money spend on fencing, barn repairs, and hours mending broken equipment. The small animals just don’t need heavy-duty tools and maintenance for care.
People with less farmland who don’t have a large cattle range usually have to get only one large animal for beef. But cattle are herd animals you need more than one. It is much easier to own a small herd than large cattle. A solitary animal just does not do as well unless you keep two to three of them. With small breeds, it is possible to keep two to three mini cows in the same area where you can just put one large animal. It is much better to own mini cows.
More animals in less space are an important factor here. You can easily raise more animals in the same space and produce twice to thrice beef. As per the data, five acres of land is required, depending on the location and pastures can raise one or two animals.
Mini cows become close to your family and meet the beef needs, especially when you are learning how to manage a cattle farm.
Miniature cattle are a great option and become helpmates with grass and brush. They are much less intimidating and easier to take care of.
If you have questions or comments about the different breeds of miniature cattle or stock cows. You can get all your answers at Broadway Family Farms. We have Lowline Angus, American Aberdeen- a Scottish breed mini cow, Miniature Hereford Cows, American Mini Beltie, and many more also on the farm.
Contact us now and enquire about anything you want to know about our family farms.