Hereford cattle are well-known for their red coats and distinct white faces. They are a British breed originating in Herefordshire, England almost 300 years ago. Miniature Herefords have come a long way since their full-sized ancestors arrived in North America from England in the early 19th century.
In 1974, the Miniature Hereford breeding program was implemented by Rust Largent. Through his selective breeding of stock, he was able to reduce his herd's frame size. This size reduction produced practical and economical cattle that we now enjoy today.
Miniatures are the same as a full sized Hereford- minus the height. Their body profile is proportionate to a full sized Hereford. At maturity, cows/heifers are 45" or less and bulls/steers are 48" or less. They typically weigh between 700-1000 pounds. Calves typically weigh between 30-50 pounds.
Purebred Miniature Herefords can be registered with the American Hereford Association (AHA) as they are simply smaller versions of Hereford cattle and free of the dwarfism gene. In fact, Miniature Hereford lineage within AHA can be traced back over 100 years!
Miniature Herefords are a great choice no matter what your reason for buying one. Here are a few of many reasons: