Miniature Herefords – Smaller cattle fit farmer’s operation, easier on pastures

KELLEY – Jason Mishler has been raising miniature Herefords since 2004 in southwestern Story County and found them to be the perfect fit for his small farm.

There are many benefits of raising smaller breeds of cattle, such as the Miniature Hereford, including less feed and pasture and they are easier to handle and care for, he said.

“They are a lot more docile,” Mishler said, “don’t eat near as much and they are a lot easier on my pasture.

“Because they don’t weigh as much, they don’t rip it up as bad.”

Miniature Herefords weigh about half of what the standard-sized Herefords weigh, which means they will eat nearly half as much.

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