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Homestead & Miniature Cattle Breeds of North America
small, gentle cattle with grass fed genetics that work well on small acreage
Comparisons Between Breeds (graphs)
Homestead & Miniature Cattle Breeder Directory
  listed by region; find breeders near you
Homestead & Miniature Cattle Classifieds
free and paid ads for cattle
 
Record Keeping, Forms, Charts, Graphs
 
*free downloads for your barn, office records or website
(FS)
Frame Score charts (measuring young cattle to help estimate mature height; BIF height-age formula used for bulls and females across breeds)
  Breed Comparison charts (1 extensive graph and 1 simpler graph that compare breed traits)
(BCS)
Body Condition Score charts
(CE)
Calving Ease score chart
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Composite~Percentage table (how to figure breed composition when upgrading)
How to Calculate Bloodline Percentage of a pedigree
How to Estimate Age of Cattle by their Teeth (with free printable vintage poster)
How to Estimate Weight of Cattle (using body measurements)
Udder Score charts (scores should assessed annually within 24 hours after calving)
  Gestation Chart for Cows (table opens in separate window)
Docility: Temperament Score Charts (sharable info•graphic)
  Bull Owners: Sire Records (to keep on A.I. & breeding bulls)
  Bull Owners: Sire Testing (health tests for A.I. breeding bulls)
  Chart of Cattlemen's Measurements (conversion formulas, animal units, water, feed consumption, etc)
  Manure Scoring... yep, it's a thing; and there's a free app for it: the Texas A&M Extension Service Cow Poop Analyzer
 
Health, Genetics
(DNA)
Inherited Diseases (testable genetic traits & conditions in cattle)
  Infectious Diseases (cause, diagnosis, treatment, vaccinations, prevention)
  BioSecurity: Closed Herds & Quarantine (many healthy looking cattle carry disease)
(CC)
Genetics of Coat Color in Cattle page 1 (basic red & black + printable info•graphic)
(CC)
Genetics of Coat Color in Cattle page 2 (basics of Bos Taurus coat colors & dilutions)
(CC)
Genetics of Coat Color in Cattle page 3 (the unique Dexter dun)
(BD)
Chondrodysplasia Everything You Need to Know About Dwarfism in Miniature Cattle
(MYO)
Myostatin Mutations Pros & Cons: Double Muscling in Breeds of Cattle
(DNA)
Genetic Mutations: (12 fascinating facts about DNA your genetics lab may not tell you)
   
Articles, Tutorials, Reports
  A1A2 Betacasein in Milk
  10 FAQ About BREEDS of Homestead, Heritage & Miniature Cattle
  Calving Basics: the first 15 minutes can affect a calf for its lifetime
  Calving Basics: 5 Things to Know About Colostrum (info•graphic opens in new window)
  Calving Basics: How to Dehorn Newborn Calves with Paste (pdf opens in new window)
  Calving; an Advanced Course: Baby Calves Put on Bottles for Profit Above Health? (if possible, do not wean any calf off its momma before 10 months; for mother and calf's sake and for your benefit; here's why)
  Bull Safety: Preventing Accidents
  Next Calving Season: Feed at Dusk to Calve During the Day (the calf determines what day it is born, the cow determines what time of day it is born.)
  About Polled Cattle, Horns and Scurs
  What is the Difference between Purebred and Fullblood? (and who cares?)
  What to Know About Registries; (do secondary purposes rule over a primary purpose of your breed registry?)
  How to Calculate an Ancestor Blood Percentage (a tutorial using your registered animal's pedigree)
  Cattle Guards: What you don't know could hurt you (your livestock)
  How to Order a Bull or Heifer Calf From Your Cow... Fact or Folklore?
 
Resource Links
  Belfair Cattle Registry. Register your Belfair (50% Dexter X 50% Jersey) with the International Belfair Cattle Registry. Your membership with International Livestock Registries' offers your first year membership discount of registering your whole herd for only $10/head (any breed).
  Email the Mini.Cattle.Registry@gmail.com and Ask about the International Irish Jersey Registry, the International Mini Zebu Registry and the International Panda Cattle Registry.
  Heritage & Rare Cattle Directories
  CattleFax herds of cattle facts & trivia (probably some you didn't know; definitely more than you wanted to know)
  Glossary of cattlemen terms (possibly the most annoyingly comprehensive bovine glossary on the internet)
  Names for Beeves (realistic pet names for steers or heifers headed to Freezer Camp)
  Directory of Social Media groups for homestead & miniature cattle owners
  Miniature Cattle international Breed Directory (coming soon-ish)
 
Outside Resources
Developing an Animal Health & Livestock Management Plan, ctlr.org
The Essence of Holistic Management by Ann Adams and Jody Butterfield
 

Useful Form For Beef or Dairy Cattle Owners; fillable PDF documents to download for your farm in case of an unexpected or emergency situation. This 7 page guideline put out by University of Minnesota Extension Service can be filled out by you with information needed by someone if they come in and take over your herd care:

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©Homestead & Miniature Cattle Directory
a Bucking V Outfit, LLC. enterprise, circa 1999
published online since October 2014 by Vintage Press, LLC.
author: Donna Grace Miniature.Cattle.Directory@gmail.com
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Homestead & Miniature Cattle Directory is a free
Educational Resource provided by the International Mini Cattle Registry,
a cooperate of the International Livestock Registries (ILR)
if you have cattle that need to be registered,
or a herdbook that needs a registry database service, contact:

the International Livestock Registries association of herd books

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