The best part of having miniature cattle are the new born calves. This could not be possible with out the cows. We oreally enjoy our cows and always have favorites in the pasture. Not all are pictured but you can see what we are trying to do. 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. A full sister to Choncho was born in 2014. I think this cow will give us all keepers. 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.
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.
Millie is a great cow. A 2009 model, she goes back to Ripley and Freckles. She has had two heifers and a bull. We kept her first heifer, Katrina, pictured below. This cow is only 35 inches tall, great conformation and great producer. Bred to Hombre for 2015, we are excited to see what this girl can do with our young bulls next year. She is going to add to our herd for years. Bred to Hombre for 2015.
Katrina, another great 2012 hiefer, pictured here at two. This picture doesn't do her justice. She is going to be a super little cow. She is a great little cow. She bred as a yearling and had a great brindle bull calf by our 29 inch bull. She will definitely contribute to the herd for many years. She has brindle spots and passed that color on to her first calf, Hurricane. Out of Millie (above) by Sugar Cain.
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 example of what we are trying to do. Bred to Hombre for 2015.
Snookie a great cow and daughter of Frostie above. Her daughter is pictured below. She is definitley a contributor to our herd. She has had 2 nice sons and one daughter. We are hoping for more heifers out of this one. She is a 2010 model and we expect lots from her. Bred to Hombre for 2015.
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) and the only calf sired by Ragin Cain. She is nearly white but does have brindle speckles on her feet, ears and eyes. 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. We expect some nice calves from her for years to come. She will have some great calves with our colored bulls. She looks like a little brown swiss. It will be fun to see her grow out. I think she will be a real nice cow. Bred to Hombre for 2015
Sydney is a super little cow. She is a 2009 model with color galore. This cow is a producer. We can't wait to see what she does every year. She is only 35 inches tall. A beautiful cow with great conformation and lots of color.
Shelby is a great little 2011 heifer from Sidney (above) and a 31 inch red zebu bull we called VP. In 2014, she had a great little bull from Rascal, 29 inches tall. Shelby 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. Bred to Choncho for 2015.
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 good ones every year from her. She has everything that we are looking for in our cow herd. She is a great example of the sizes of our cows. We would love to get a black speckled cow like her in the herd. Bred to Hombre for 2015.
Vee is a nice little cow that is a great grand-daughter to Ripley, one of my favorite bulls. She is a 2011 model and has had two real nice bull calves so far. If we can get a heifer out of her, I think it would be a keeper. She has a real quite disposition and great color. Pictured with her 2014 bull calf Casper.
Vanillie is another 2009 cow. She has had 3 great heifers for us. Bad thing is I sold 2 and only kept one. I kept her 2014 heifer that is the best of the three. A beautiful red lineback. Vanillie is the biggest cow in our herd at about 38 inches tall, but still has some of the smallest calves. She is a producer.
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 three great heifers so far. She has had 3 great little heifer with her 2014 calf a tri-colored beauty. She has small and correct calves. We need to keep a couple back. Another producer.
Kalamazoo,is a heifer we brought into the herd in 2010. We were looing for an outcross that would give us something to put back in ther herd. She has had 3 bull calves so far, all nice but her 2014 calf may be a keeper and possible herd sire. We will see what she does for us in 2015, bred to Hombre. She is only about 34 inches tall, long flowing tail and a real nice blonde brindle.
Peaches is a 2011 model.and full sister to Kalamazoo above. She is a nice little heifer. We are hoping for nice colored calves from her. I like the blonde brindles. You don't see it very often. Bred to Hombre for 2015
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. Pictured with her 2013 calf, she had a dalmation spotted heifer in 2014 and look forward for another great calf in 2015. Bred to Hombre for 2015.
Pepper, is one of our smallest cows. She is about 33 inches tall. She had a great bull calf for 2013 we called Tyson TKO. Her 2014 calf from Sugar Cain is even better. We called him Bullfrog, a nice white-sided tri-colored bull that we think will be a breeder.We 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.
Carolina is a great 2012 heifer. She measured only 32 inches on August 2014. She is out of VP, same sire as Minnie and Shelby. He has produce some of our smallest cows. She is running with our great yearling bulls. Will see what she will do for us in 2015.
Minnie is a great little heifer. She was born July 2011 and measure 32.5 inches on August 2014. , She goes back to VP, same sire as Shelby and Carolina. Small and correct in every way. We are hoping she will give us something great in 2015.
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.