Mini Cattle Facts
Miniature Cattle Facts.
- It takes approximately 7 to 10 acres to sustain 2 large-size head of cattle. On the other hand, 2 miniature cattle can be sustained on only 2 to 3 acres, dependent of course on available grass and supplemental feeding practices. The miniature cattle are very efficient feed converters, eating approximately 35 % of the grass that their large-size counterparts may consume. Moreover, the miniature cattle produce less than 40 % of the manure of the large-size counterpart.
- The Lowline Angus tend to be very gentle and docile compared to the large-size counterparts. Their small size from birth means those owners can work directly with the cattle often breaking them with a halter at a very young age. The ease of handling makes the LowLine Angus more attractive for 4-H kids, smaller framed individuals and older retirees that enjoy livestock.
- The Lowline Angus provide a smaller cut of meat, but at the same time the proportion of the best cuts of meat can be larger. For example, the rib eye in a full-size Angus is approximately 1 inch square per 100 pounds of body weight, wherein the rib eye in the Lowline Angus is 1/1/4 to 1/1/2 inches square per 100 pounds of body weight. The meat from a Lowline Angus rates higher in tenderness and flavor due to the fact that the meat is generally fine-grained with good marbling. More meat can be produced overall for each acre of pasture.
- While people look to save money by purchasing an entire full-size 1300 pound steer to butcher, one should keep in mind that the shelf-life of frozen beef can be as little as 6 months. A family of four or less usually can't consume that much beef in that period of time and some of meat goes to waste. On the other hand, miniature cattle provide just enough meat to fit into the standard home freezer and feed a family of four or less for approximately 6 months, which eliminates any waste.
- Lowline Angus are defined as those cattle below 42 inches in height when fully grown and generally their weight is between 600 and 900 pounds. This means of course, that these cattle start out smaller as well. Birth height for a Lowline calf is generally between 19 and 25 inches. Birth weight can vary but is generally between 25 to 55 pounds. The life span for Lowline Angus is between 12 and 25 years.
- Lowline Angus are not dwarf cattle. Some people believe that the Lowline are actually defective. But a closer look at the breeding and history of these cattle, show that these cattle were sepcifically selected for these genetic traits, which were small in size, yet proportioned for their size.