Class 2, Junior cow with or without own calf calves at foot

Cow: Benscroft Nessa
DOB:16/12/2017
Calf Age of calf when pic taken 9 Months as at 12/10/20


Exhibitor: PC&LM Gardner, Benscroft, 2547 Murchison HWY, Henrietta TAS
Comments: excellent producer, putting everything into her calf

Cow: Shady Creek Honey
DOB: 7/9/2018


Exhibitor: Dianne & Brian Davey, Shady Creek Miniature Herefords, 155 Nilma Shady Creek Rd
Nilma, 3821
Comments: good top line lighter body condition

Cow D.O.B. 22/08/18


Exhibitor: A Livermore. Winswood Miniature Herefords, 1 Pogues Rd Woodside North Vic 3874
Comments: good muscle looks to be in calf

Placing
Once a gain a very strong class of females.
I place the Benscroft entry first due to her proven mothering ability which is reflects by a very sappy calf at foot.
In Second I place the Winswood entry. She displays a good muscling and a strong top line and. Hopefully these traits will come out in her calf.
Taking nothing away from the The Sandy Creek entry unfortunately she was over powered by stronger cattle on the day.

Class 1, Senior cow 3 years and over with own calf/calve at foot

Class 1, Senior cow 3 years and over with own calf/calve at foot
Name: Bridgewater Layla
ID: BWML83
DOB: 1/10/2015
Calf age on photo date 5 months as at 12/10/20


Exhibitor Benscroft
Comments: good milk, very good calf, plenty of meat excellent body condition not too fat but if not careful may lay fat very easily which could affect milk capacity

Cow Winswood Gianne
DOB: 27/08/2016
Calf DOB: 4/12/2019


Exhibitor: Sandrian Park SPM 258 Huntingdale Crescent, Placid Hills Queensland
Comments: A very nice cow showing softness and obviously producing enough milk in very tough conditions.

Cow Shady Creek Fina
ID: SCN M016
DOB: 25/8/2016
Calf Bull calf born 2/10/2020


Exhibitor: Dianne & Brian Davey, 155 Nilma Shady Creek Rd, Nilma, 3821
Comments: A very fresh cow that will come onto her milk, displays good length, stands well on her feet.

Cow Shady Creek Gypsy
DOB 27/08/2017


Exhibitor: Tulum Gully Michele Smith
Comments, A dry cow, that stands well on her feet, has excellent length

Cow Shady Creek Daphne
D.O.B. 29/01/14
Calf D.O.B. 1/09/2020


Exhibitor: A Livermore Winswood Miniature Herefords 1 Pogues Rd Woodside North 3874
Comments: a cow that appears to have extreme length, producing enough milk, however may be have a very high condition score witch may be a negative trait by putting greater effort in her own maintenance and not in the calf’s growth, may have weakness in feet

Placings
A very good class of cows which was extremely difficult to make comment on. We have exhibitor who is showing a dry cow one with a newborn and three cows with calves at foot.
1st I have placed the Benscroft cow in 1st. She is displaying the ability to be a good milk producer which is reflected in her calf. This cow would be a welcome addition to any herd.
2nd I place the Sandrain cow 2nd. I really like this cow as she displays softness throughout. While lighter in body condition she has proven milking ability which is displayed in her calf.
3rd I place the Davey entry, Shady Creek Fina 3rd. Even though she is a fresh cow. She has a strong udder that will be able to hold lots of milk when she comes on. For me she has the makings of a being a excellent matron and is displaying great length. I would like, to see her calf at a similar age of the entries above.

VALUE ADDING with SMALL HEREFORD STEERS

Every year at Shady Creek Miniature Herefords we have around 20 new calves added to the herd in the Springtime. Only 1 or 2 bull calves are kept for future breeding and the rest are castrated and become steers. A couple of these steers can be sold as long term grass eaters for small acre hobby farms and we refer to them as “Lucky Boys”. The remaining steers fill the freezers of family and friends when they are approx 16 months old and we are starting to experience reduced pasture growth after Christmas.

The process by which this happens is as follows:

  1. Before Christmas I contact past clients and any new interested people wanting to buy meat direct from us. The steers are sold as halves and they are allocated to a client.
  2. The steers are transported straight out of their paddock to Radfords Abattoirs, just on the outskirts of Warragul and only a 15 minute trip from home. The timing is worked out so they are slaughtered within 2 hours of arrival so they are not hanging around for a long time.

    The clients in the meantime have received a cutting sheet so they can choose how they would like their meat to be packed. Refer to cutting sheet provided.
  3. The carcasses are transported to Moreland Meats in Warragul, a popular Butcher shop where they hang for 7 to 10 days before being cut up and packed. The hot carcase weight of the last 4 steers processed were: 215kg, 199.4kg, 198.8kg and 248.6kg. As we don’t have scales in our yards we do not know what their live weights were.
  4. The clients are contacted when their meat is fully frozen and ready to pick up. They pay by EFT and I then pay Radfords and Moreland Meats for the processing.

Many of our clients are repeat buyers and appreciate their annual fill of their freezers with grass fed beef that has had minimum handling and therefore reduced stress for the steers concerned. This is reflected in the taste and tenderness of the meat. The clients also appreciate the amount of meat with half a small Hereford steer enough but not too much meat to be consumed in a year for a family. They then look forward to the next half!

Dianne and Brian Davey

Shady Creek Miniature Herefords

Nilma, Victoria.

Mobile: 0423425742

Miniature Herefords – the little animal who packs a big punch.

Not everyone wants big cattle and lots of people don’t have the room anyway. If you’ve got 5, 10, 20 or even 100 acres and you run the big Hereford you could find yourself supplementary feeding some if not all the year round. You could develop new relations with your neighbors as hungry cattle push on fencing and ultimately bust through. When it rains chances are your ground will get all pugged up and take a lot to repair. So, if you have a few acres, would like the pleasure of owning a couple of beautiful brown and white cows, maybe breeding some calves, I suggest you look at Miniature Herefords.

The modern day Miniature Hereford has been around since the 1960’s and a family in America bucked the trend of ‘’bigger has to be better’’ and selectively bred from the smallest Herefords they had. News of these little guys spread slowly around the world and Australia has a steadily growing group of dedicated people who are busily breeding robust, quiet, user friendly small cattle for others like ourselves. People with a few acres, possibly not much experience, basic facilities, and generally children or grandchildren who just love the idea of a pet in the paddock. Some of them are tired of mowing the ever-growing grass and want a couple of lawn mowers, others want to have their own homegrown beef. Miniature Herefords deliver on both counts and if you want to see baby calves frolicking in the sunshine then Minis can deliver that too.

Today’s mini is about half the size of the modern Hereford and are easily quietened and handled. Breeders pay a lot of attention to temperament as a placid mini is an absolute pleasure and ensures the enjoyment of the owners. To the uninitiated they won’t look any different from their big cousins and it won’t be until someone stands beside them that you realise they only come to about your hip. Mature Mini’s weigh about 300 – 400kg and are only classed as miniature by measurement at the age of 2. They are in the same herd book as the bigger cattle – they are just short in the leg and smaller in their frame which in a big animal is actually just a wasted resource anyway as all the meat is in the body. Our home butcher is very impressed with our minis and how they stack up. Not much waste and the best beef money could buy.

The Australian Miniature Hereford Breeders Network (AMHBN) is the perfect place to start if you’re interested in Miniature Herefords. An enquiry email will get sent to all the members and we’ll get in touch, keen to help, and to share what we know.