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.
Autumn has given way to winter now. Our first calves born in 2012, have rown into nice yearlings and our "Mothers Day" calves are also weaned and filling out nicely. Our first crop consisted of 4 bulls and 1 heifer. The heifer spent her summer at a mini petting zoo. We'll keep her to breed later.
Our cows are breed to calve March/April this coming year. They are all bred to "Ice", same bull as last year. His conformation and gentle disposition makes him an ideal bull. We purchased a bull calf this fall. We hope to have "Jasper" as a future herd sire.