Micro cattle Herd
For 2011 our microcattle herd will be sired by Buffalo Phil. He has the best personality and disposition or temperament. Not to mention a great beef frame with plenty of horns. He is 40" which is a touch smaller than Mr.T. We are striving to keep fresh genetics in our microcattle herd. Next year we plan to breed with Micro T. Our goal is to have a microcattle herd with big horns, beef frame, color and good disposition. Mr.T will give the horns. Phil will give the color. Micro T will give the size. And all 3 of these minibulls love a good ear scratchin'.
Next year our micro herd will be bred to Micro.T. This little guy is amazingly small and loving. Last weighed in 160lbs and 28" short at 8 months of age. Update: January 16th: Micro.T is now 33" tall and 330lbs at 13 months old.
He showed up on our ranch full of napoleon style attitude. He hated to be in the corrals and didn't mind letting you know. A few times he surprised myself or guests who got to close to the gates by doing his best bighorn ram impression. When he was in the field he never came close and ran off if you ever approached. You see it only takes one spookish cow to freak your herd out and lead them all to run away or go crazy. Making your day a tough one. Attitude can act like a disease. It will spread fast, especially to those that are on the fence...so to speak. Knowing this I devised a solution to that problem. The way I figured it I would get the sweetheart attitude to spread like wildfire. My favorite Micro heifer "Makini"(means tiny in hawaiian) saved the day. I pulled Micro.T and Makini out of the herd and put them in a pen together. Her sweet attitude is very contagious and within one day I could just barely touch Micro.T. By the second day Micro.T would let you scratch his ears and rub his back like he never had a problem being around "big" humans. It only takes one cute apple to save the bunch! Thanks Makini.
Khan with Gus in the background
Micro.T getting the Makini treatment/ only day 2, amazing!
33" 330lbs 13months
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.