The Mini Longhorn-
With the ever growing population and resulting continuous urban development, livestock breeders of all types are finding ways to both meet evolving demands and maximize efficiencies. This has resulted in some unique breed lines, everything from miniature llamas to miniature cattle, even miniature herding dogs. Miniature cattle are being introduced across almost all the equine breeds. Whats ironic is that the original true Longhorn cattle back in the "old west" were closer in appearance to the new miniature lines and not the new standard sizes most of us are used to seeing. Over the past 80 years farmers bred cattle to be bigger and bigger resulting in monstrous 2,000 pound animals. The belief was that the bigger the cow the more it could produce i.e. meat, power, milk, etc.... simple right? Sure, except the land and $ needed to support a single animal grew monumentally. So again, the "new mini cattle breeds" are actually closer to what we originally had roaming the plains.
The Mini Longhorn is truly a beautiful well behaved little animal, while purpose driven specialized breeding has been going on since ancient times. the Mini Longhorns really trace back to two separate programs. While these two Ranchers did a great job slowly breeding down size I believe it is now clear that horn genetics similar to those found in standard longhorn championship lines need to be introduced into the mini. At The Circle R we have what we feel is one the the best foundations possible. We had a spectacular first sire in Pretty Boy Floyd followed now by Red Man who is likely the best Mini Bull in the country, champion horn genitcs with all of our cows and heifers and some of the smallest size and best conformation. Our program is designed to create the smallest biggest horned Minis in the world! While the true results of this revolutionary program can only be detirmined by the good Lord we feel we have the perfect foundation to increase our odds of success. Due to the work of many, the Mini Longhorns now have a registered class of their own through the TLBAA. While the paramiters of the rules and regs are still very much a work in progress, there are qualifications on pedegree as well as size. A Mini Longhorn should be pure bred, under 45" over the "hooks" and well proportioned (horn:height). In our opinion the perfect 3 yr old Longhorn should be under 40" over the hooks and have horns larger than 40" wide!
Mini Longhorns will eat more than 1/3 less, therefore requiring a lot less land and will suit many seeking to appease the Tax assesors for the ag. exemptions. While Longhorn meat is some of the leanest beef on the planet these animals are definitely more for the farm or yard....the opitamy of the term "Yard Art". They have wonderful personalities and are absolutely beautiful, and lets face it they are not cheap...the average price for a pure bred mini longhorn is going to be $2,000 & up for a heifer and $1,500 & up for a good bull..... These animals are meant to make a statement and that is exactly what they do!