- The origin of Miniature Hereford cattle has its roots in Herefordshire, England.
- The Miniature Hereford we know today are descendants of pure Hereford stock selectively bred since the 1970’s.
- With the trend at that time being “bigger is better” one particular breeder went against the trend and selectively bred for temperament, hardiness, meat quality and feed conversion.
- Miniature Herefords are full blooded Herefords and are registered through Herefords Australia (they are just a line of Herefords).
- Like other Herefords, they are primarily used as a beef animal. Miniature Herefords are about 30-50% the size of traditional Herefords.
- The ideal conformation and breeding characteristics of a miniature Hereford are the same as traditional Herefords.
- One judges the quality of these cattle in a similar manner – good bone structure, depth, functionality, soundness and indication of high carcass quality.
- The primary difference being height – an adult Miniature Hereford Cow can not be taller than 119 cm (47”) at the hip, while a Bull can not be taller than 124 cm (49”) at the hip.
- In Australia, Herefords are classed as miniature Herefords if the animal is registered with Herefords Australia (HAL) AND their frame score is 1 or less at age 3 years.
- Buyers should ensure any cattle they purchase are registered with Herefords Australia.
- Read the article ‘Exactly what is a miniature Hereford” here
- Read the article ‘A factual history of miniature Herefords‘ here
The AMHBN has an information package that we send to people enquiring about miniature Herefords, you can download your copy here (2.5Mb)