Why should I buy a miniature cow instead of a regular cow?
As their name implies, miniature cows have been down-sized. Why? Because due to their small stature, they are not as intimidating (much more docile) as full-sized cattle, they’re much easier to handle, and a mini cow eats about one-third as much as a full-sized cow, making them more economical. All these qualities make a miniature cow or bull (especially our Miniature Highland Dexter hybrid) an excellent choice for small homestead farms. Mini cows also make perfect 4H projects for children, with plenty of opportunities for kids to feature their Miniature Cows in the Show Ring. In fact, many livestock shows now have classes for miniature cattle!
How tall do the mini cows get?
To be considered a mini, a cow or bull has to measure 42” tall or under. Our Miniature Highland Dexter crosses top out at about 34” to 36” tall, putting them on the low, winning end of the miniaturized cattle scale.
What does it cost to buy a Miniature Highland Dexter Cow?
Our Highland Dexter bulls start at $1000 and our Highland Dexter heifers/cows start at $3000.
Why did you cross the Highland and Irish Dexter miniature cows?
We like the Miniature Highland’s “fuzzy” hair, long horns, and gentle temperament. The problem was: Highland cows are on the large side of the scale for miniature cows. Since the Irish Dexter cows are much smaller, we decided to cross Highland minis with Dexter cattle to make the calves small and hairy and oh-so-sweet-tempered. We have been very pleased with our Mini High-Dex breed.
Why are Miniature Highland Dexter heifers/cows more expensive to buy than the Mini High-Dex bulls?
Heifers/cows represent a higher value, or worth, since they serve dual-purpose — as breed stock to produce calves, and as milk producers. The bulls, obviously, are purely for breeding.
What is the difference between a Miniature heifer and a Miniature Cow?
A miniature heifer is a young female who has not yet birthed a calf. Once she does have a calf, she is referenced as a cow.
What makes your Miniature Highland Dexter cows better than other Miniature Cattle?
Our High-Dex cattle are a cross between the Scottish Highland and Irish Dexter miniature cow breeds. They are easily kept, will eat most anything, have hardy constitutions (don’t get sick easily), and have a wonderfully-gentle temperament. Many of the other Miniature breeds are more aggressive and unpredictable. Other miniature cow breeds need well-maintained pastures, whereas our Highland Dexter cattle are more suited to natural foraging (less farm maintenance for busy homesteaders).
What type of market is there for Miniature Cattle?
There is a diverse market for Miniature Highland Dexter cows. These include keeping Mini High-Dex as pets, breeding stock, and milk and meat production for small acreage or homestead farms. There’s even a competition circuit for miniature bucking bulls! Since bull riding has became such a major sport, folks discovered that Miniatures make excellent (and much safer) practice bulls for kids training to move into the bull-riding competition arena.
Can I milk a Miniature Highland Dexter cow?
Absolutely! Miniature Highland Dexter cows are excellent milk producers, offering all the benefits of the milk harvest in a compact, more efficient package. And, as with all cows, once they are bred and have a calf (that takes nine months) they will produce milk for nine months to a year. After that, you should expect to collect ½ to 1 gallon a day on average (less during periods when a calf is nursing).