OUR LIVESTOCK IS NOT REGISTERED EXCEPT IN VERY RARE, CLEARLY MARKED INSTANCES. 
WE HAVE NOT FOUND THAT WE HAVE A MARKET FOR HIGLY PRICED ANIMALS LIKE MOST REGISTERED STOCK. 
If you desire registered cattle, we may be able to refer you to one of our colleagues. 
      

A quick note about cows and heifer we sell as pregnant: We guarantee they are pregnant, our vet will estimate how far along she is on the pre-shipping inspection. We cannot guarantee which bull on our farm sired the future calf, only provide our professional opinion, we are correct 90% + of the time.


 

Our farm has been hormone and steroid free forever and we’ve used a 100% grass fed diet for many years. We very occasionally use an antibiotic shot to combat Pink Eye which is common in our area. We now use chemical wormers on less than 15% of our herd, Diatomaceous Earth is utilized on most animals with 100% effectiveness. We have no weird tricks or snake oils up our sleeves, we trust Mother Nature.

  


CARE AND FEEDING
We've had a number of inquiries regarding the care of miniature cattle.  They are still cows, similar in keeping to standard cattle; their diet is the same- just lots less of it (1/3 to 1/2 the pasture requirements of standard cattle and the same fraction of grain); the same vaccinations, fly spray, dewormer etc-lots less of that too; decent fences-minis usually are not jumpers and they rarely break down a fence; when treated as pets, most will respond as pets; the dairy varieties and crosses give excellent milk-less of it certainly; they do produce great beef; there are mini bull rodeos; they do great as 4H and Fair show entries-they often will create a miniature cow category: less competition= more chances of winning; and most of all, they are much easier to manage than their larger cousins and this is why we have them.  You are simply more apt to get hurt badly by a 2200 pound standard bull than a 600 pound miniature bull-both deserve your respect but the smaller bull is more apt to respect you.  As a side note, the standard cow market varies widely in pricing and the mini cow market is more diverse-your surplus bulls can be sold to petting zoos, consigned to online auctions, listed in specialty websites and other places a regular size cow simply wouldn't fit in.  That's a wee pun, sorry. 
If you are considering miniature cattle, research and ask questions.  Talk to other cattle owners about their experiences, their vet, feed availability and look at their fences, their barn and their cattle.  Even if you've had standard cattle before, be willing to learn.  Then get involved!  This is FUN! 
Your neighbors will chuckle about your little cows, then they'll ask lots of questions and show them to their friends.   These are your next-years customers.

 
 
Regarding delivery of your cattle:  We have an option for local (less than 200 miles) delivery, contact us for details. 
For longer distance trips, we have had excellent experience with zieglerlivestocktransport.com. 
We are in Liberty, Kentucky, zip code is 42539.

 
 
We are always eager to learn and value your experience and opinions.  If you have comments or ideas for improvement, please let us know at cumberlandminiatures@gmail.com. 
We believe there are no stupid questions and are proud to serve hobby farmers, new and old farmers and anyone who just likes cows and donkeys.


We use a few donkeys in our mini cattle herd as guards against wild dogs and coyotes.  They adapt to known dogs.
They are amazingly effective and do their best to kill unfamiliar canines. 
We have witnessed this age-old dispute a number of times and can testify that Jennies (girl donkeys) are just as effective as Jacks (boy donkeys). 
They also defend sheep and goats and generally have far nicer temperaments than than horses

 
 
 


Our creatures are all pasture raised, even newborn miniature calves and Miniature Donkey foals. 
Unless specially noted, our livestock has been treated as livestock, not as pets.

 
 
 
WHAT IS "AGRICULTURAL EXEMPTION"?
If your land is residentially zoned, in some cases rural and semi-rural communities will lower your property taxes (a lot) if you fit their definition of "Agricultural Exemption", for instance 3 cows per 5 acres, or one cow per 2 acres etc.  Ohio and Florida utilize this distinction very effectively.  In many cases the land in question will not sustain 3 cows per 5 acres or one cow per 2 acres without supplemental feeding.  This is where MINIATURE CATTLE pay off!  We have yet to see a situation where the community specifies what kind of cow.  Since mini cows eat much less than standard cows, they may get enough to eat without supplemental hay.  We delivered several cattle to a fellow and he said "In 2 1/2 years we'll save enough on property taxes to PAY FOR ALL THESE CATTLE."  I laughed and thought "In 2 1/2 years, you should be able to sell their offspring and repay yourself for the parents again". 
Check your communities' definition of "Ag Exemption" to see if this may profit for you as well.


We are a small family farm in southern Kentucky, in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains.   We welcome visitors by prior arrangement, due to our farm chores.  
We love to talk about our (and your) animals and your plans. 
Please contact us if we can help in any way.

 
 
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