Why Miniature Herefords?
INTRODUCTION: Alison Livermore owns and operates Winswood Miniature Herefords, and has been a fan of the breed for almost a decade. Here, she talks about what got her into the miniature breed in the first place.
NEARLY 10 years ago I was looking for a project to involve myself in, something to replace the Stock Horse breeding enterprise I had enjoyed for many years.
I saw an advertisement for Miniature Herefords, and felt excited about a new direction.
We researched Miniature Herefords and visited a stud in Tasmania, Boomer Creek Miniature Herefords, owned by Colin and Joy Walters.
I really liked the direction Joy had taken with her animals and purchased two heifers in calf - later that year, I purchased a further heifer and a young bull.
Since that initial investment, my partner John Murphy and I have enjoyed showing, demonstrating and breeding, and now have a thriving stud of 19 breeders with an additional line of commercial cattle for a paddock to plate business.
Miniature Herefords are perfect for the small acreage farmer, children and teenagers, and older retired farmers who have become concerned about managing large cattle.
They are quiet, gentle and amenable animals, bred with temperament foremost in mind.
That is not to say, however, that structural quality is sacrificed - we only keep the very best for breeding purposes.
We find we sell all we can breed and now routinely send cattle as far as Qld and Northern NSW.
There is a definite market for steers as people who don’t wish to breed enjoy having these wonderful cattle as pets and lawn mowers.
Mini Herefords stand about hip height on the average person.
They weigh between 300 and 500kg and look just the same as the bigger Herefords from a distance.
They are excellent calvers and mums, and incredibly good doers.
Being small, they do minimal damage to your paddocks and are perfect for people with little-to-no cattle experience.
That said, they are still cattle and have to be treated as such - with worming, vaccinating and other routine maintenance, and therefore the facilities required for such are needed.
Stud Miniature Herefords are registered with Herefords Australia and are only classed as Miniatures if they pass the height restrictions.
Further information is available through the Australian Miniature Hereford Breeders Network.
LOVE: Alison Livermore owns Winswood Miniature Herefords. She is pictured with Winswood Baxter.