The best part of having miniature cattle are the new born calves. This could not be possible with out the cows. We love our cows and always have favorites in the pasture. Take a look at some of the girls in our herd.
We try to keep a wide color variety of cows, including solid colors. We just like to see calves come out all different colors. We have some cows that have multiple generations of color. I think we could breed these cows to bulls almost any color and get some real flashy calves. We have been building our cow herd for almost 20 year, it is starting to show up in the pasture.
Sugar Plum is my favorite cow. She is a 2008 model and has some of the nicest calves on the place. She has had two brindle spotted and speckled heifers and has an amazing red bull calf at her side for 2013. He was only 20 inches/23lbs. Sired by our 29 inch tall bull, this guy has herd sire written all over him. Only time will tell.We look forward to this cow contributing for years to come.
Sugar Bottom is a 2011 model that was bred to our 29 inch bull as a yearling and produced a great bull calf called Choncho in 2013 that we are keeping back for a breeder. The first daughter out of Sugar Plum above, she is something. Pictured here as a 3 yr old. Sired by Sugar Cain, she is under 36 inches, white with brindle spots and speckles. She is bred back the same way for 2014.
Sugar N'Spice is a 2012 model that is just as nice as her full sister above. Less spots but her conformation is just as good. She was only 15 lbs when she was born. Pictured here as a 2 year old heifer, we can't wait to see what she does as a cow in our herd. She came into heat as a yearling but we already had the bulls out. We are hoping to get her bred to one of our great yearling bulls.
Frostie is another great cow. Four out of 5 calves have been heifers, and good ones. Snookie in 2010,(below)and with her 2013 bull calf Frostie is only 37 inches tall. She will be in the herd for years to come. A great examle of what we are trying to do.
Snookie is a 2010 heifer. Her mother and full sister are pictured above. We are really excited to see this heifer grow out. She is about 36 inches and had a great heifer in 2012. She is really put together in every aspect. She has red points and a few red spots.
Miss Fitt is a really nice 2012 heifer. She was born on my birthday so we just had to keep her. She is pictured above at 15 months old. She is right about 30 inches. She is the first daughter of Snookie (above). She doesn't have as much color but is really put together nicely. We are anxious to get her bred in 2014 and see what she can do for us.
Icecapades is a 2012 heifer from Frostie and a 31 inch bull. She has been getting plenty of grain and has fleshed out real nice for a heifer. She is running with our 29 inch bull so we will see what happens. She looks like a brown swiss. It will be fun to see her grow out. I think She will be a real nice cow.
Sydney is a super little cow. She is a 2009 model and had a great calf heifer and an amazing bull calf in 2013. This cow is a producer. We can't wait to see what she does every year. She is only 34 inches tall. A beautiful cow with lots of color.
Shelby is a great little 2011 heifer from Sidney (above) and a 31 inch red zebu bull. We hope she is bred to our 29 inch bull for a 2014 calf. She looks just like her mother but with a deeper red. This little cow is still under 36 inches tall. Not the best picture but you can see the potential in this one.
Sugar, what can I say. I really like this cow. She was born in 2010 and looks better every day. She has red and black speckles and is just a real smooth cow. She had a nice bull calf (Red Hot) in 2012. Expecting another good one in 2013. She has everything that we are looking for in our cow herd. She is a great example of the sizes of our cows.
Millie is another 2009 heifer that we are real high on. No picture does her justice. She is about as nice as they come. I just can't get over her. She is really put together great. She has everything I am looking for in a mini cow. She is small, only about 35 inches tall. We sold her 2013 heifer, but her 2012 heifer (Katrina) is pictured below.
Katrina is a 2012 heifer out of Millie. She is a grat little heifer with brindle points and speckles. She has great potential. She is remaining small but growing out nicely. We have her running with our 29 inch bull but sometimes the smaller heifers won't breed until closer to 2 yrs old. This is definitley one to watch. Paired with our new young bulls, she could do wonders.
Vanillie is another 2009 cow. She has had 2 great heifers for us. Bad thing is I sold them both. I hope she has another heifer in 2014. I am keeping it for sure. Both have turned brindle but are smooth and picture perfect little cows. Vanillie is the biggest cow in our herd at about 38 inches tall, but still has some of the smallest calves.
Jo Jo is a nice 2009 cow. She has the loud color we like and only standing about 36 inches tall. She has a quite personality and has had two great heifers so far. Pictured here with her 2013 heifer, her 2012 was identical. While we would like to see some of her color on her calves they are some of the smallest each year.
Kalamazoo, is a heifer we brought into the herd last year. There is just something about her that hits me. Breeding her to our bull has given us two very colorful bulls. She is bred the same way for a 2014 calf. She is only about 34 inches tall, long flowing tail and a real nice color.
Peaches is a two year old here that is a full sister to Kalamazoo above. She is a nice little heifer. We are looking forward to her first calf in 2014. She was running with Red Hot early and then with Sugar Cain, so we will have to see when she calves. We like this cow and think she will have a dandy.
KC is the cream of the 2009 calf crop. She was 20 inches/20lbs when born and has done nothing but get better. She has really filled out to be a nice cow. She had a nice little heifer out of a 31 inch bull. This cow is a good mother and will produce a good calf no matter what she is bred to.
Vee, a nice 2011 cowpictured with her 2013 bull calf Vendetta. She is a good milker and great mother. She is doing great. With her color and conformation she should produce a great calf year after year. Pictured is a Ripley grand-daughter, and Ripley great-grandson.
Pepper, is one of our smallest cows. She is about 33 inches tall. She had a great bull calf for 2013 and can't wait for more calves from her. They should be keepers. This is a nice, small and colorful cow. We hope to put her bull calf genetics across the herd when he is ready. Only time will tell.
Lucy is a nice little longhorn cow. She is running with Red Hot this year for what should be a flashy 2015 calf. She has the look and conformation we like. A little taller at 38/39 inches but great conformation. I really like the line-back color pattern. Don't worry, she only sticks her tongue out when I take her picture.
Clover is a nice cow that goes back to one of our orginal bulls Ripley and a California cow from the great herd of Ralph Sowers. She is pushing the 40 inch mark but a nice quite cow. She is long bodied, with great color and conformation. She is due with a late fall calf from a white mini longhorn bull. Hard to say what color that one will be, but should be flashy.
More cows are running on the farm. We only have about half our females pictured here but have a total of 21 females 1 yr old or older. All are nice cows with something to offer our growing herd.
We have been fortunate to have great calves to select from and improve our herd through selective breeding. We have sold animals that are great producers but just don't fit in our herd. I would say we currently have about half our cows where I want them. The other cows have calves that can go back in the herd. All are great producers.
In the next couple years, we hope to have our cow herd even more uniform. With the bulls we are using and the calves we are growing, we will be there soon. Check back for more cow pictures.