History of a Miniature Hereford.
The Hereford breed originated as a product of necessity. Efficient, adaptable and hardy, these cattle have always had a face to remember. Nearly 300 years ago, farmers of Herefordshire, England, founded the breed in response to demand created by Britain’s Industrial Revolution. Efficient production, high yields and sound reproduction were of utmost importance. Benjamin Tomkins is who to thank for the original design. A primary founder of the breed, Tomkins began in 1742 with a bull calf from the cow Silver and two cows, Pidgeon and Mottle. Henry Clay, Kentucky statesman, brought Herefords to the United States in 1817. A true Hereford identity was not established in the states until William H. Sotham and Erastus Corning, Albany, N.Y., began the first breeding herd in 1840. Among other renowned early Hereford breeders were Charles Gudgell and Thomas A. Simpson of Missouri. Their big break came with the importation of Anxiety 4, a bull credited as being the “father of American Herefords.” A few of these early breeders came together in Chicago on June 22, 1881. The result was the foundation of the American Hereford Cattle Breeders Association, later renamed the American Hereford Association (AHA). Its purpose was two-fold: to keep the breed’s records and to promote the interests of its breeders. Seven years later Warren Gammon noticed naturally hornless Herefords at the Trans-Mississippi World’s Fair in Omaha, Neb. He decided to fix the hornless trait using the bull Giant and 11 Hereford females. In 1910 the American Polled Hereford Association (APHA) was founded. The two Hereford associations merged in 1995, keeping the AHA title. The AHA now registers all horned and polled Herefords.
We are excited to announce that Mountain Valley Cattle has been member of the Arkansas Hereford Association since March of 2015.
We have August Calving On or about August 28, 2015 we will have 8 cows calving. Anyone wanting to put in a hold for a bull/steer can do it now. Sorry we will be keeping the heifers to enlarge our herd. Mosey on over to our contact page to let us know you want one of our bulls/steers.
On or about August 28, 2015 we will have 8 cows calving. Anyone wanting to put in a hold for a bull/steer can do it now. Sorry we will be keeping the heifers to enlarge our herd.
Here at Mountain Valley Cattle Farm we raise pure bread miniature Herefords. We are always striving to improve the quality of our heard and furthering this magnificent breed. Miniature Herefords is our focus. Rising miniature Herefords is the best kept secret in the cattle rising market. Gentle, much lower feed consumption allowing more head per acre, easy handling, and producing top quality premium beef, and bringing the same price as full size cattle. We strive to provide the upmost satisfaction to our customers. Our registered miniature Herefords is our pride and joy. And we want to share this wonderful breed with all who want to take part in expanding the practical small farm beef cattle to this part of the country. Pet, show or freezer you are getting the best we have to offer in registered miniature Herefords. Give us a call and come and see for yourself what we have found to be an enjoyable satisfaction to raising cattle.
Here are some pictures from around our farm.
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Hereford cattle are a beef cattle breed, widely used both in intemperate areas and temperate areas, mainly for meat production. Originally from Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom, more than five million pedigree Hereford cattle now exist in over 50 countries. The Hereford cattle export trade began from United Kingdom in 1817, starting in Kentucky, United States, spreading across the United States and Canada through Mexico to the great beef-raising countries of South America. Today, Hereford cattle dominate the world scene from Australasia to the Russian steppes. They can be found in Israel, Japan and throughout continental Europe and Scandinavia. They are found in the temperate parts of Canada, the United States and Russia, as well as the temperate parts of Australia, the centre and east of Argentina, in Uruguay, and New Zealand, where they make up the largest proportion of registered cattle. They originally found great popularity among ranchers of the American Southwest, testament to the hardiness of the breed; while originating in cool, moist Britain, they have proven to thrive in much harsher climates on nearly every continent.
Until the 18th century, the cattle of the Herefordshire area were similar to other cattle of southern England, being wholly red with a white switch, similar to the modern North Devon and Sussex breeds. During the 18th and early 19th centuries, other cattle (mainly Shorthorns) were used to create a new type of draught and beef cattle which at first varied in color, different herds ranging from yellow to grey and light brown, and with varying amounts of white. However, by the end of the 18th century the white face characteristic of the modern breed was well established, and the modern color was established during the 19th century. The Hereford is still seen in the Herefordshire countryside today and featured prominently at agricultural shows. The first imports of Herefords to the United States were around 1816 by the politician Henry Clay, with larger importation of the breed beginning in the 1840s.