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post #21 of 32 Old 06-04-2009, 08:49 AM
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I see no practical purpose to breed those things. Besides pets. They have no use. They are smaller than a goat, or as small as a goat. If their turned loose into a range (ranch) conditions, they will be some well fed and trained wolves, feral dogs, coyote or in Australia dingos. I have seen some miniature cattle that are about half the size of regular breeds of cattle.

The "reason" is so people can produce beef on a smaller scale than regular sized counterparts. But still the photo that you showed are smaller than that. I just don't buy it. The smaller size doesn't have the range ablity of the larger one, in the ability to protect itself from preditors.

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post #22 of 32 Old 06-05-2009, 04:47 PM
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It's not wrong if they are breeding correctly. However, it would be wrong if they were breeding two cows that can't function normally. Clearly the parents and babies are healthy and happy.

Kentucky, you can keep them as companion pets, food, pet, or milk. They do have a purpose. About the it doesn't have "the ability to protect itself from preditors." What about sheep, goats or minis?. They are small and can protect themselves...

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post #23 of 32 Old 06-05-2009, 06:13 PM
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True you can and and I was mainly thinking in a ranch style operation with limited human contact. And I am not sure about mini but sheep and to a lesser decree goats have to have either a donkey or dog to guard them. And as a food animal I see them as inferior to regular sized cattle.

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post #24 of 32 Old 06-05-2009, 11:04 PM
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Yes, maybe to you. I guess it all depends on your own opinion =)
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post #25 of 32 Old 06-05-2009, 11:21 PM
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IMO there is no difference in people breeding for small/mini cattle, donkeys, horses or whatever it's all a man made creation the same go with many dog breed types. I don't agree with it but then again I don't think it is entirely wrong either if they are selective in their breeding and are doing it from quality hardy stock. The problem is the smaller the size the more chance for serious deformations and defects.

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post #26 of 32 Old 06-05-2009, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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I've been reading other threads on them on other forums and I've been learning allot. I guess they already have classes for them at 4H comps and shows - wow.....I guess they are a huge rage right now. Opperative word here - Right Now.

They say that these "man made" cows are benefitial in ways as well

1) Don't eat as much as a regular cow does, cuts down on feed costs
2) Great for Meat and Milk

I guess it falls down to cutting cost on raising mini cows instead of regular cows. But - 1 cow can feed a whole family for months. 1 mini cow can feed a family for a week.

Think of how many mini cows would have to be bred $$, raised $$, Slaughtered $$ to feed 1 family.

Rediculous.

What they aren't telling you, is that these small compact cows aren't healthy either. There are allot of health risks that come along with the "package" - so there's more $$ being invested in them.
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My mum had looked into getting some Lowline cows before and thought I would just put some statistics into this...

Miniature Cattle Breeds for home meat production

Minature Herefords...
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The advantages of this breed are the smaller cuts of meat, the higher stocking rate per acre, high feed conversion rates (efficient converters), less damage to pasture, especially on wet soils, less damage to handling yards, easy calving, and excellent weight gains.
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Lowlines are noted for the efficiency of production of the prime meat part of the carcass. While Lowlines are no more or less efficient at feed conversion or overall production than other meat breeds such as Simmental and Angus, they produce almost double the eye - muscle area ( about 23 square cm/100 kg ) than Angus ( 14 square cm/100 kg ) or Simmental ( 12 square cm/100 kg ) when measured in kg/ha.


Seems like there are benefits, especially to the small scale farmer or person keeping for personal gain. Mind you I am all for eating meat but not my pets!!! ;)
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All I can say is I'm happy they're (hopefully) breeding right. I'd rather that than have a bunch of ugly mini cows with all kinds of disorders...

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Interesting read Pinto Pony! Thanks for sharing!
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post #30 of 32 Old 06-09-2009, 08:16 AM
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very interesting....I didn't know there was such a thing. To me cows=milk or beef. I also think they are dumb animals and I really don't understand why a person would want one as a pet, but to each his own I guess.
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