Mini Belted Galloway Cattle
Purpose for Raising Mini Cows
· Meat source
· Milk production, can make into dairy products
· Pet, companion animal, show/exhibition animal
· Manageable livestock for small farms
Advantages of miniature cow breeds
· Mini dairy cows can produce just enough milk for your needs.
In peak production, a normal-sized cow can offer 6 to 10 gallons of milk per day. That may give you more problems for storage, and you may not really know what you should do with all that milk. On the other hand, miniature cattle breeds can give you about 1 to 1.5 gallons per milking. That should be enough to give you a few glasses of milk to drink, some butter and cheese per week, and even a little milk leftover for some neighbors.
· You need just 1/2 - one acre of pasture for each animal.
Your best option is to divide the pasture to smaller sections, and then you can rotate the grazing pattern.
· They're about 25 - 30% more feed-efficient.
Typically, you'll only need a third of the standard amount of feed for each one.
· Miniature cattle breeds are less work.
You'll haul less hay during the fall. During the deep winter freeze, you'll have to carry fewer buckets of water for your thirsty cows. Since they eat less, they'll produce less waste for you to have to cart away. In addition, composted cow fertilizer is beneficial for farms and gardens.
· They don't require heavy-duty fencing
In many cases, you can simply use a single hot wire.
· They're ideal to raise for meat
If you butcher an entire miniature cow, you get just the right amount of beef for a small family. A single tiny cow can feed a family of 4 people for months. These miniature breeds convert expensive organic feed into choice cuts more efficiently than their standard-sized counterparts. This is why demand for their meat is growing, with lots of upscale restaurants and gourmet markets looking to buy the lean and luscious meat from grass-fed mini roasts and steaks.
· Showing miniature cattle breeds
Many owners like to show their miniature cattle. This is also a great way for children to become involved in the 4-H Club and in a state or county fair.
· Miniature breeds of cows don't lend themselves to numerous medical conditions
There is the condition that some call the "bulldog" gene, technically called chondrodysplasia. This results in a physical deformity that often leads to the death of the cow, but this is extremely rare. Also, you can do a blood test to check for this gene when you're buying your miniature cow. Some look for this gene because they will produce smaller sizes. The problem arises when both parents carry the gene.
· Smaller size cows only need minor adjustments in regards to their feeding and care
Their hay-feeding equipment and water tanks will just have to be a bit shorter than with full-size cows.
· Mini cows as pets are great and very gentle.
Owning one can be like having a gentle and huge dog except she gives you milk. Animal therapy workers and petting zoo managers love miniature cows. They're cute and small and they have friendly dispositions-what's not to like? Caring for and tending to backyard animals, including mini cows, can be a great way to involve children. There are many different types of responsibilities they can handle, depending on their age and maturity.
· They would be accessible in a food shortage or crisis
Miniature cattle, like raising backyard chickens, will become invaluable should you ever be facing a food crisis.
Curtiss & Ramona Craddock
Phone: Curtiss - 580-471-7283
or Ramona - 580-381-0242