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Miniature livestock

Don't have acres and acres of land for livestock? These mini versions are perfect for acreages!
  • Little mama

    If there's anything cuter than a miniature horse, it's a miniature horse colt! This mama and her baby are sweet as can be.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • Fast little legs

    This little colt is no bigger than a dog, but he's super quick as he darts around the pasture.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • Mini magic

    When Lois and LaVern Hooley first saw a miniature horse at a show, they immediately fell in love with Charlie, who became their first purchase. Now they have 22 miniature horses and Shetland ponies. Learn more about their horses:

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • Chow time!

    "Overall, caring for a miniature is the same as for the larger breeds," says LaVern. Minis are vaccinated for the same diseases as larger breeds and are not costly to feed. "You feed them the same quality hay and same feed as a Shetland or saddle horse in a smaller portion."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • Sit! Stay!

    Miniature horses are smart and easily trained. Here, La Vern spends some quality time with Paul, who is learning to do tricks. The horses are housed in a fancy new barn.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • Who are you calling pot-bellied?

    Pot-bellied pigs are smart and have tons of personality. They act more like dogs than pigs, and can be great companions.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • Big pigs

    Some pot-bellied pigs still get pretty large when fully grown, like these two pals who are lounging on a pile of wood chips.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • Cute cows

    Dick Gradwohl raises mini cattle. These aren't the familiar 1,200-pound cows that mosey around pastures or 1,100-pound steers that lumber through feedlots. Miniature cattle are smaller, ranging from 250 pounds to 900 pounds. They're shorter, too, ranging in height between 38 to 46 inches. Learn more about Gradwohl's operation:

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • Easy to handle

    Miniature cattle convert feed 25% better than their larger counterparts and eat one third as much. Their docile temperament also appeals to folks who don't want to wrestle with larger cattle. "Big cows can be intimidating, but small animals can be more like a buddy," Dick says.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • Make it on a few acres

    Dick and his wife, Arlene, run a thriving beef herd of 70 mini cattle on 40 acres just east of Seattle, Washington. They had raised standard-sized cattle on their farm, but when they downsized and moved to an acreage, they also downsized their cattle.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • Little friend

    Miniature donkeys are good pets, and love giving rides to children. They don't have to be broke first like horses do. To be considered a true mini, the donkey has to measure under 36 inches from his shoulder to the ground.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • Who needs reindeer?

    This little guy is ready to help Santa pull his sleigh!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • Fast friends

    This miniature horse and miniature donkey are happy to be pasture-mates.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • Hanging out

    Goats are good companions for mini horses, and they're pretty close to the same size (unless your're raising mini goats!). A small shed makes a good shelter for both of them.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • Fancy living

    This mini horse and her goat friend have some pretty fancy accommodations. A ramp carpeted with Astroturf leads up to their house, complete with a deck and hanging plants!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • Backyard bantams

    Bantam chickens are a great way to raise beautiful ornamental poultry without taking up too much space in the backyard. Weighing in at 16 to 30 ounces, these diminutive birds share the characteristics of full-sized domestic chicken breeds, but come in a much handier package.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • Kid-friendly birds

    Many breeds of bantam chickens are exceptionally friendly towards people and children. Get your birds from a reputable breeder who can recommend the right breed for your family.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • Fluffy chicks

    This fluffy bantam hen is a good mama to her little chickies!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
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