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We breed our mini cattle & micro cattle for vigor, small size, color, temperament and of course HORNS! Quietly tucked away along the Clark Fork River in Missoula, Montana, we passionately strive to reach the unthinkable... miniature cattle bearing enormous horns.
Mr.T next to a full size cow and calf
We work very hard to have our minicattle and microcattle to be easy going. It makes it less stressful and easier to work the cattle for us and them. Though most of our herd is docile there are still a few that will be getting the Makini treatment after our breeding season. To learn more on this read our Micro Cattle Herd section. Our calves are due to hit the ground sometime near april. Make sure to check back then to see what Mr.T has done for our mini longhorn program. And also to see what minicattle calves and microcattle calves we have for sale.
Mini cattle In News
Minicattle are defined as
The Mini cattle Craze
a mature(3 years and older) cow that is 42" or shorter. Height measurements are taken from the hock bone. Which is basically the front of the hip bone.
Microcattle are defined as
any cattle shorter than 36" at the hock bone. As much as I hate to talk about inflation and the bad economy it has a huge correlation with our minicattle market.
The days of retiring and moving out of town to a nice spread are pretty much long gone. Now most of us find our dream spread has shrunk from a size of a few hundred acres to just a few acres. And there went your dream of owning a horse, dog and small herd of cattle while watching the deer graze on your own land as the sun sets behind them.
Well I'm here to say that you don't have to sacrifice it all due to your smaller parcel of land. You might just still have enough room for that small herd. Or should I say mini herd? The average number of head to be run on 5 acres would be about 2 full size cows. This would be on improved irrigated pasture. On that same 5 acres you could have 10 mini cattle! And even more if they were micro cattle. Now I'm gunna waste some breath here in the next few sentences. But it's just to make a point and distribute some info.
The average cow weighs @1200lbs. So on that 5 acres with those 2 full size cows you would be raising 2400lbs of cow. Which roughly translates into 1440 pounds of beef. Now if you were smart enough to go with minilonghorns you would have the ability to raise over twice that much beef on the same acreage. Also who has a freezer big enough to store 720lbs of beef. Not to mention who could eat it all before it became freezer burnt or even move into the freezer. A mini cow now would only produce around 300lbs of beef. Of which would consist more choice cuts per pound, made of leaner healthier meat. Longhorn beef has less cholesterol than chicken. They would be way easier to butcher and actually fit in your freezer. Also an amount of beef a family could eat before it goes bad. Our mini longhorns are easier to keep than full size cattle. They can thrive off of bad hay and weeds that bigger beef breeds would crumble to. Even still we feed our herd top quality hay in winter because thats what we grow in our hay field.
Ok so now we're back to reality. These little guys are so cute that I doubt many people would actually eat one. They become pets not protein. The pro's of mini cattle are almost endless. They have a 3x average higher sale value than full size cattle. Match that with 5x more cattle per acre and the cash incentive is.....well huge! These minilonghorns are so much more forgiving on your land and fences. Mini longhorns aren't anywhere near as intimidating to be around either if they get frisky. Think about it. What would you rather have around you and the kids? A 2300lb bull or a 500lb microbull. They convert their food 25% more efficiently. Which is why you can fit so much more per acre along with their smaller size and the fact that their hooves don't trample your grass as much. Now might be a good time to add that when you walk around in your grass you don't have nearly as big of landmines to avoid...They are more like minimines. Creating a fraction of the methane produced by full size cattle pound per pound. If you are into milking your cows these guys are great. Due to the fact that they are inherently docile. Our microlonghorns could help your small property get an agricultural tax break. And you could in return help raise a minilonghorn bucking bull for the kids to ride in a junior rodeo. I can't tell you how much those kids LOVE to ride a "real" bull compared to mutton bustin. You just have to witness it yourself and talk with the kids, to see their eyes to really understand. No matter how you slice it mini cattle and micro cattle is the way to go.
Our Main Herd Sire
Mr.T is the product of carefully cross breeding different mini cattle breeds with very small Texas Longhorn as well as the Watusi cattle breed. Mr.T, who is also a retired mini rodeo star, marveled the minicattle industry by exhibiting his small framed body and boasting a massive pair of horns.
It is a little known fact that the smaller the cattle is, the smaller the horns are. And not just pound per pound. As the size of the animal goes down the horns size shrinks unproportionately faster. Remarkably, Mr.T came along and beat the crap outta those odds! He truly is one of a kind. There are literally only a couple of other mini bulls alive that come close to his proportions in frame size along with horn size. He weighs in @ about 800 lb. and is 41" short with 36" of TTT(tip to tip).
We suspect that if Mr. T did not have his horns de-tipped for the safety of the children in the rodeo, he could easily have been a "square" bull. Raising a “square” bull is considered one of the ultimate achievements that a mini longhorn breeder can obtain. It simply means that the TTT measurement of the bull’s horns are equal to or greater than the height of the animal. Still, even being de-tipped he is a jaw dropper simply for his Texas Longhorn horn confirmation and his Watusi massive girth. It is the combination of mini watusi, mini longhorn and luck that made Mr.T what he is today.
It simply amazing to see such an intimidating bull become so docile when you give him a little grain and scratch his ears. We will be keeping back most of his female progeny for the next few years to improve our minicattle's horn genetics. Eventually we'd like all of our herd to show his watusi and longhorn traits. We call him a minilonghorn. But really he's a crossbred marvel. Minilonghorn is just what he most closely resembles. When you see him in person you realize that he must have some Watusi as well. We'd love to own some pureblood TBLAA registered minilonghorns. Except that non of them seem to have anywhere near the mass that Mr.T has. When we found Mr.T we realized it wasn't about paperwork, but about breeding work instead.