Cattle Of Illinois
A place for Illinois owners and others interested in Miniature Herefords to network and share information
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What is a Miniature Hereford?
Miniatures are a full blood Hereford. They’re simply not as tall as their larger counterparts. Purebred Minis are free of the dwarf gene and are registered with the American Hereford Association (AHA). Hereford pedigrees within the AHA trace all the way back to 1817 when the statesman Henry Clay of Kentucky made the first importation – a bull and two females.
The Miniature Hereford breed was developed by Rust and Roy Largent of Fort Davis, Texas in 1970. The Largents were going against the industry trend at the time for larger, taller cattle. Their goal was to develop an efficient, smaller beef cow through selective breeding.
Difficulties plagued their early attempts but in 1981 the first true Miniature Hereford bull was born. His name was LS REAL MT 3, and he is present in the genealogy of almost every Miniature Hereford alive today.
Because of their smaller size, Minis are much easier to handle compared to large cattle. They require less space for comfortable living quarters, and they eat far less food. They can even be claimed under agricultural tax-exempt status.
Extremely docile in nature, the Minis are excellent for children or even Retirees who are young at heart. A superb 4-H or FFA animal, they can help instill responsibility and a sense of accomplishment in a youngster
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