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A popular option for small farms
The very first calf I raised in 4-H was a Charolais heifer named Mandy. I was eleven-years-old. Mandy was little when I got her, but she grew a lot bigger by show time – and I didn’t....
They're hardy, easily trained, and love humans
One of the friendliest, smartest animals in the barnyard is the miniature donkey. Theresa Ellinger of Centerburg, Ohio raises miniature donkeys. She says one of the reasons people love them is their...
Bigger isn't always better
My folks have had miniature horses for years and they are the most adorable creatures. Their names are Dolly, Biscuit, and Apache. Miniature horses were first used to pull coal from the mines because...
The Ellinger's greatest joys on the farm come in pint-sized packages
Jack Hanna is a name you might be familiar with. He has several TV shows featuring many different kinds of animals. One episode in particular sparked the interest of Scott and Theresa Ellinger of...
John Bartheld finally got the rare, miniature calf he's been waiting for
When calves are born to miniature cattle breeds, it's no doubt they're cute. But John Bartheld of Roy, Washington, wanted to go beyond cute – he also wanted rare. John says there are...
These tiny animals are big on popularity and personality.
Pint-size cows can be a perfect fit for a small acreage.
Don't have acres and acres of land for livestock? These mini versions are perfect for acreages!
Ever since Pat Whitman was a little girl, she badly wanted a horse. She didn't have to ride it, she just wanted to be around the horse, and enjoy taking care of it. Pat is now a grandmother, and...
Not many people consider the average farm pig as a pet, but they're going hog-wild over their tiny cousins.
Miniature pigs are the latest trend in swanky swine. Savannah Seams is the co-owner of Texas Tiny Pigs and says any breed that stays under 100 pounds is considered a miniature. There are many...