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this Homestead & Miniature Cattle Resource Directory
is part of the Homestead Cattle Association (HCA) community
Homestead & Miniature Cattle Breeds of North America are small, gentle cattle with grass fed genetics that work well on small acreage
10 FAQ About Homestead, Heritage & Miniature Cattle BREEDS
Breed Comparison charts (1 simple graph and 1 extensive graph that compare breed traits)
Homestead & Miniature Cattle Breeder Directory listed by region; find breeders near you
Homestead & Miniature Cattle Classifieds free and paid ads
Alternative Livestock Auctions and Sales most are sale barns where you attend and bid in person; some auction barns offer online bidding. Will include online-only auctions.
Record Keeping, Forms, Charts, Graphs
Frame Score (FS) charts (measuring young cattle to help estimate mature height; BIF height-age formula used for bulls and females across breeds)
Body Condition Score (BCS) charts
Calving Ease (CE) score charts
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 (udder 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
Inherited Diseases (DNA) (most of these are testable: production traits, cosmetic traits, genetic conditions & diseases)
Infectious Diseases (environmental caused health conditions; diagnosis, treatment, vaccinations, prevention)
BioSecurity: Closed Herds & Quarantine (many healthy looking cattle carry disease)
Genetics of Coat Color (CC) in Cattle page 1 (basic red & black + printable info•graphic)
Genetics of Coat Color (CC) in Cattle page 2 (basics of Bos Taurus coat colors, patterns & dilutions)
Genetics of Coat Color (CC) in Cattle page 3 (the unique Dexter dun)
Genetics of Coat Color (CC) in Cattle page 4 (the unique lightning streak pattern)
Chondrodysplasia (BD) Everything You Need to Know About Dwarfism in Miniature Cattle
Myostatin Mutations (MYO) Pros & Cons: Double Muscling in Breeds of Cattle
Genetic Mutations: (DNA) (12 fascinating facts about DNA your genetics lab may not tell you)
Raising Cattle Humanely
How to Dehorn Newborn Calves with Paste (pdf opens in new window)
Calving & Bottle Babies: Baby Calves Put on Bottles ~ Profit Above Health & Happiness? (when possible, do not wean a calf off its momma before 10 months; for mother and calf's sake and for your benefit; here's why)
Cattle Guards: What you don't know could hurt you (your livestock)
More Articles, Tutorials, Reports
A1/A2 Betacasein in Milk
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)
Bull Safety: Preventing Accidents by Temple Grandin, Colorado State University
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.)
What is the Difference between Purebred and Fullblood? (and who cares?)
What to Know About Registries; (could secondary purposes rule over primary purposes of your breed registry?)
How to Order a Bull or Heifer Calf From Your Cow... Fact or Folklore?
Resource Links
CattleFax herds of cattle facts & trivia (probably some you didn't know; surely 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 beef cattle headed to Freezer Camp)
Directory of Social Media groups for homestead & miniature cattle owners
HCA Association & Registry Links
The Homestead Cattle Association the Homestead Cattle Association (HCA) is a community for owners of homestead and miniature cattle, with opportunities for marketing, education, networking, with certification and registration services. WATCH for the membership database coming online soon (scheduled for spring 2023). When the All Breed Cattle membership platform comes online, HCA membership will be offered at $5/month thereafter with all online services, including registration applications for all their cattle, any breed, any age, submissions for classified ads, sire directory, breeder directory, all included for no extra fees. Grandfathered in: For 2022 and current memberships and registrations already issued, all fees received will continue to be applied toward new membership & pricing platform; and all lifetimes will continue to be honored.
Homestead & Miniature Cattle PHOTO PROJECT PROPOSAL (join Miniature Cattle Pictures facebook group): Submit your best homestead and miniature cattle photos ~ submit as many as you like, throughout the year, all seasons, spring, summer, fall, winter. We will be looking for high resolution, with quiet, uncluttered backgrounds. Free advertisement for your homestead or farm. If we get enough, good enough, the Homestead Cattle Association will select 12 photos for a calendar for 2024. Need all seasons represented and we'd prefer to represent as many breeds as possible. See all Homestead & Miniature Cattle breeds represented here (scroll down for list of breed/ herd books): If you need pointers how to take better livestock photos, join this facebook group and comment with your questions; and we'll share all the tips we know of. Keep that phone out & handy. If you aren't on Facebook, email calendar photo entries to
Belfair Cattle Registry. Cattle that are Dexter and Jersey composites are eligible to be registered as Belfairs or as Irish Jersey cattle. Belfairs are 50% Dexter X 50% Jersey, and Irish Jerseys are 3/4 or 7/8 crosses of Dexter and Jerseys. The Belfair herd book and the Irish Jersey herd book opened in 2020, and are both are herd books in the Homestead Cattle Association. The former "Mini Cattle Registry" herd books are all still available and are still part of the HCA.
Heritage & Rare Cattle is a breeder directory for special, hard to find cattle. The HCA identifies & offers certification of rare breeds or populations of cattle. Although the Livestock Conservancy recognizes many old heritage breeds, there are additional breeds or breed populations that have become very rare, including strains of cattle that have a deep history in North America, that deserve recognition. The Heritage Cattle breeder directory and the Homestead Cattle Association both provide additional support and promotion of rare North American cattle that may not be recognized elsewhere.

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Homestead & Miniature Cattle Directory
Homestead Cattle Association
Mini Cattle Registry
Bucking V Outfit, LLC. enterprises, est. 1999
Maricopa County, Arizona

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Homestead & Miniature Cattle Directory is a free
educational resource provided by the Homestead Cattle Association and the international Mini Cattle Registry.
if you have cattle that need to be registered or if you run a herdbook that needs a registry database service,

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