About Homestead Cattle: Homestead Cattle may be defined as gentle, efficient cattle with grass-fed genetics, that need less input and work well on small acreage. Homestead cattle can be any size from standard to miniature. They can be beef, dairy, dual or triple purpose breeds. Most are old heritage breeds, but homestead cattle include crossbreeds, and newer developed miniature breeds. Whether they are big or small; whether they are pure or percentage; whether they are registered or unregistered; what they will all have in common is, they will produce enough milk or beef for a family on grass alone. Cattle with grassfed genetics tend to be short, wide and deep. They carry their weight from substance rather than height. They tend to be gentle and safer for families with children. They are usually placid and easy-going, and easy on fences and equipment with quiet handling.

About this website: Welcome to the Homestead & Miniature Cattle Directory. height chart - frame score classification for cattle - click to open large chart in separate windowThis site is a free service provided by the Homestead Cattle Association (HCA) of herdbook registries, to help promote all types of Homestead cattle, and to provide a reference for people who are relatively new to homestead life or owning cattle. Browsing the site is free and no membership or login is required for access to helpful homestead cattle directories, resources and articles:

Homestead & Miniature Cattle CLASSIFIEDS: Free ads for homestead cattle, supplies, services.

Homestead & Miniature Cattle BREEDER Directory: Find a breeder near you--breeders of all sizes, types, breeds & species of homestead cattle... listed by location. Breeders; if your farm or homestead belongs in this directory, or if your information is outdated, email updates to homesteadcattledirectory@gmail.com.

Homestead & Miniature Cattle BREEDS of North America, come in a range of sizes, from standard down to miniature. Miniature cattle are defined by height; and can exist in most any pure breed or combination of breeds that meet a miniature height classification (see Frame Score charts). Most miniature cattle "breeds" are newer developed composites or percentage breeds. Some breeds of homestead cattle are rare, heritage breeds that need preservation.

Homestead & Miniature Cattle SIRE Directory: (Currently being updated with new bulls, coming soon...but until then, this is an older lineup). Frozen semen or embryos listed by breed. To submit a bull for this directory, go here for a list of records you should include. If you are considering collecting a bull, go here to see what testing that may involve.

Homestead & Miniature Cattle of SOCIAL MEDIA Directory; a Facebook Directory for networking and a MeWe Directory for promotion & sales.


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Herd Management Resources

click to download full size in separate windowAbout the Homestead & Miniature Cattle sector...
        Many people are moving from the city to small acreage homesteads, to become more self-reliant and to produce safer foods for their families. Most new homesteaders are not knowlegable cattlemen from generations of family ranching, or educated with centuries of research & science taught at land grant universities and extension services.
        As a result, today's Homestead & Miniature Cattle sector, which has been developing steadily since the 1980s, is comprised of many homegrown "breeds", self-taught breeders who had to learn by doing, and small registries formed to serve specific populations of unique cattle. Most use different terminology, guidelines and measurements—many of which do not conform with the rest of the commercial (but more scientifically based) cattle industry.
        Since conformity is not typically a goal of most homestead cattle owners, and since homestead cattle are not raised to compete with commercial cattle breeds, homestead cattle owners can sometimes miss out on the benefits of what the main cattle industry knowledge base has to offer all kinds of cattle. This website provides the homesteader with a comprehensive compiliation of scientifically and genetically proven information to help every homestead cattle owner raise the best cattle for them the happiest, most efficient, easiest to raise, and the most profitable cattle, the quality, happiest, best cattle to best (easiest & most profitable)

IntelliBeef™. A Conception to Consumer database program, owned & introduced by the International Livestock Registries, designed for all livestock producers, of any size operation, with either registered or unregistered animals that are raised to produce meat or dairy products labeled for farmers' markets or other local sales. For the price of eartags and a $1 membership, producers can record their livestock in a database that will partner with them and the animals they breed til they reach the consumer.

Frame Score Charts, height classifications, official terminology, how to accurately (officially) measure across all breeds of beef and dairy cattle.

Body Condition Score (BCS) Charts, for Dairy and Beef cattle, plus a formula to help predict how much hay a cow should need for the winter.

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• Calving Ease (CE) /Difficulty Score Chart
• Udder Score Charts for beef & dairy cows
• 2 Temperament Score Charts for cattle (Pen & Chute Scores)
• How to Age Cattle by their Teeth
Biosecurity & how to keep a healthy herd
Cattle Guards: What you don't know could hurt you (your livestock).

How to Measure Cattle to Estimate Weight 3 methods to measure cattle and newborn calves.

Directory of Heritable Diseases in Cattle This guide covers DNA tests for cattle, genotyping and conditions, to help you determine what DNA tests your herd might need, depending upon their breed(s). HCA members can submit their cattle for breed test panel certification, and those will be be searchable in databases. This is especially important for fullblood breeding cattle, and is required in sires collected for semen and any donor cows collected for embryos.

Directory of Infectious Diseases in Cattle: a guide of the most common infectious diseases found in North American breeds of cattle. This directory can help herd owners decide what to test for, what to vaccinate for, and what to ask their veterinarian about, depending upon their region & local conditions.

Glossary of Cattle Terms commonly used (or misused in the homestead and miniature cattle sector) terms in the cattle industry.

Cattle Facts, a fun, full collection of bovine trivia -- probably some in there you didn't know, and surely more than you ever wanted to know.


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Homestead Cattle Association

HCAHomestead Cattle Association (HCA) homesteadcattle.org; is several things; it is a certification agency, a registry and an association of herdbooks: HCA provides herdbook registry for Homestead & Miniature cattle with grassfed genetics that work well on small acreage. HCA is part of the International Livestock Registries (ILR), which provides database services for livestock stud and herd books, as well as complete registry & herdbook service when needed. ILR registries are accepted by other registries, government agencies & countries worldwide. Pedigrees are identified and entered into an extensive across-breed database (growing for 7 years) with all animals listed by breed % on their registration certificates. We keep both closed and open herdbooks. With our fullblood breeds (like the rare Heritage Shorthorn Society, for example) we keep an exclusive herdbook to preserve the purity & integrity of their pedigrees. In open herdbooks (like the Dairy Cattle Registry and the US Normande Breeders Organization), we are inclusive, with both 100% fullblood and percentage cattle divisions available for grading up, to serve composites and newly developing breeds. We register most breeds of livestock. Our registrations offer official livestock breed ID protocol. With proper animal ID, our livestock registrations provide animal certificates with wide acceptance with buyers, interstate movement, show ring circuits, and international export agencies, other industry registries & governments. We use standard cattle management and record keeping that works across breeds, with APHIS/USDA national animal ID, NAAB breed codes, and BIF compliant record keeping. We keep it simple and inexpensive for our members. For minimal fees (compare us to any registry), we can provide maximum value added to your herd. Whether you have a single homestead milk cow, own a miniature club calf show string, are developing a new composite, or exporting cattle to a new country--your registered cattle will be ready to go anywhere and do anything--even if that's just keeping the grass mowed.

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published online March ©2019 by Vintage Press, LLC.
updated February 2020; author: Donna Grace