About Us

About Us

Established in 2009, Catalpa Ridge Farm is owned by Wes and Denise Nelson.   We are located in California, Kentucky.

 

We are members of the Miniature Hereford Breeders Association, American Hereford Association, and the Kentucky Cattlemen's Association.

 

Why Mini Herefords?

Miniature Herefords have a dedicated following in their breeders and admirers.  There are multiple reasons for owning them.  They range from purely scientific, to simply “they’re not your average farm animal”.  Here are some more reasons why Mini Herefords should be on YOUR farm:

 *Smaller size means less feed needed…..Let’s face it, feed is expensive!  With Mini Herefords weighing roughly half what standard-size Herefords weigh, they eat half as much!

*Smaller size means less mess….Mini cattle do much less harm to the environment than standard-size cattle.  From disturbing the ground far less for each foot-fall, to simply ranging more because they carry less weight – pastures will love the Minis! 

*Smaller size means shorter muscle length….While this theory is to-date unproven scientifically, there are many advocates of Miniature Hereford beef who believe the meat is more tender because of the shorter muscle length.  Also, because the animal’s muscles need not be toned enough to carry 2,000 lbs around all day, they tend to be far more tender.  Since the average Mini Hereford is 700-1,000 lbs, you could say the meat is TWICE as tender!

*Smaller size means more appropriate steak size…. A lot of steaks you see today would completely cover a dinner plate!  Consider the recommended serving size of meat, and a Mini Hereford steak is the perfect size!

*Smaller size means smaller amounts of meat off of one animal….Miniature Herefords are the perfect size for the average family to raise, feeding exactly what they wish to feed, slaughter, and eat in the recommended shelf life of the meat.

*Smaller size means they’re better for kids….Calves are born ranging from 30 to 50 lbs, about half the weight of standard-size calves at birth.  Children as young as 5 or 6 are capable of showing calves and steers.

*Smaller size means they’re much more docile….A standard-size cow knows when they have you out muscled.  While a Mini is still very strong, normally they won’t try to get away with nearly as much! 

 

Calves for Sale

Please see our “Market” page for more information.

 

 

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