A little bit about us
Our place is located in northeast South Dakota. We moved here in 1993 and purchased our acreage in 1995. Over the years, our menagerie has changed and grown. We started out with bottle calves. Eventually, we had a few cows and calves. Minis had always intrigued us, and after some research and saving up, we purchased 3 heifers and a bull calf in early 2011. We bought 2 bred cows in 2012. Our cows range from 40" - 48", putting some in the medium mini or classic size.
Our goal is to build and maintain a small herd of minis that we can sell some calves as well as raise some to sell as grass fed beef. We currently have crossbred cows, mostly Galloway crosses. We would like to work towards a polled herd, animals with good confirmation, color, and gentle dispositions. With more and more people looking to raise their own food on smaller acreages 2-5 acres, the miniature cattle are a perfect fit. They don’t need as much acreage as a regular cow, seem to be a little less picky in their grazing plus don’t tear up the pasture as much, with their smaller size. Less manure to deal with as well! We have had very good luck using electric fence with a solar fencer, which makes it very easy to rotate their grazing areas, especially this past summer with the drought.
We have found them to be very easy to work with—in fact, I just need to call and the whole herd comes running. They are quite gentle and excellent moms. Our heifers calved this December and all of them took to their calves like pros.
Finally – SPRING!
It was a long cold winter here in NE South Dakota. After the bad spring for calving last year, a lot of cattle producers opted to calve later this spring. We chose to calve March/April and have so far had 4 calves- 3 bulls and 1 heifer.
We had one heifer to calve this year and ironically, she calved the same day as her dam! She decided to have her calf about 3 am, in the snow and 10 degree temperatures. It took us hours to get him warm enough to even shiver. But after a half day in our laundry room and another day in the barn, the heifer (who wanted him) let him nurse, and has taken to him like a duck to water!
We still have some bull calves from last year. They are looking nice and ready to go! They are not halter broke, but as our neighbor has said (to our friends taking care of our place while we were gone and the cattle got out) they are hard to get back in because they are too tame to herd!
Please contact us for more info or pictures on any of the calves for sale!
We do require a deposit to hold any cattle you are interested in. We had too many folks say they want an animal, we hold it, and then they don’t follow through. We are in the business to actually try to make a little money (although our tax person would beg to differ).
Calving season has begun here! This the first year we have used Jasper as our bull. It appears that Jasper not only looks good, but has an outstanding work ethic—going above and beyond. Apparently must be the case as although we turned him in July, we have ended up with 3 calves during the last week of February/first week of March… Hmmm…..
We have 3 more cows and a heifer to go and will post pictures in April. or sooner….