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Heritage cattle are sometimes referred to as "miniature" when in actuality, they are simply the old and unimproved breeds.  Breeds bred for high production in a commercial or industrialized setting are large and fast growing with dairy breeds producing copious amounts of milk too excessive for feeding their offspring.  Heritage breeds that we have had on our farm include Miniature Hereford, Irish Dexter, Lowline Angus and crosses.



January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!  Another opportunity to "begin again"......

Currently, we have a single heifer, Varity, who is an Irish Dexter/Lowline Angus cross out of our girl, Dowager.  Varity is a real beauty and in our desire to add more dairy to her offspring, she has been bred by A.I. to a "miniature" Jersey bull, Sure Shot Southern Comfort.  We will be checking her for a heifer calf guaranteed by the purchase of sexed semen in the next few weeks.  Looking forward to a great 2019!


King Carl

July 10, 2015

The little bull calf that was born back in 2012 has returned to his birthplace.  We now have "King Carl" as the sire to our herd of Lowline Angus cattle.  He is extremely docile and a real looker.  Carl was sired by a Lowline but his dam is a purebred Olde English Hereford (aka: "mini" Hereford).  This cross has produced a very solid bull with an unusually handsome conformation and style.  We also have a Lowline cow and her heifer calf as the beginning's of an excellent cattle company for our grandson, Gideon.  Giddy has shown an amazing interest in cattle at a very young age.

 April 25, 2012

Callie, the Olde English Hereford cow, Callie, produced a gorgeous little bull calf about 2 weeks ago.  He is a cross between the Hereford and a Lowline Angus bull.  Xenia does not want to castrate him because he has such a nice conformation, very proportionate, and has a wonderful babydoll head.  I love his personality....his mama tells him to be nice because she was a bottle baby and has no fear of humans.


March 26, 2012

Beautiful Day at Old ReminisceMini Hereford Cow

Recently, the Irish Dexter herd from Rainbow Ranch Farm ended up at ORF.  We now have Hannah back at the farm, hopefully, in calf along with another cow & calf, two young bulls, a Dexter cross, and two very sweet "mini" Herefords.  All of these cattle are actual heritage breeds and are not the so called "improved" breeds of today.  Even the Mini Herefords are not really miniature, but rather the original size and conformation of the breed before Americans altered them for size and rate of growth.  We are working to rotate the cattle on our pasture along with the pigs and a few of the chickens.


Hannah Arrives at RRFHannah and the boysHannah and little bullXenia speaks to CSA Members & Guests

December 10, 2011

Hannah the Heifer will soon be "Hannah the Cow" if all goes as planned.  We've taken her back to the bull, but this time she is at Rainbow Ranch Farms in Pinon Hills with two gorgerous little Irish Dexter bulls.  She was more than willing to exit the trailer and mingle with her newly found friends.....among them Lowline Angus, Holstein crosses, and mini Herefords.  Our hope is to breed her and keep a heifer to breed to the Lessor Jersey bull in our future.  Thanks to Xenia for her very generous offer of her wonderful little bulls and for the love she gives to each and every animal in her care.  Dennis is awesome, too!  Thank you!!!

P.S.  Thank you, Pam, for your endless love and assistance - and for your calm when we blew out a tire on the trailer with Hannah inside.  You are my hero!


Our first heifer has finally arrived at Olde Reminisce.  We waited a long time to get the girl to the property because she made a detour to the bull on the way.  Hannah (Quailgate Hannah) came to us from the Belle Fourche herd owned by Dr. Gabriella Nanci with a free breeding to the very handsome Lucas of Rocking Horse Ranch Dexters of Ranchita, CA.  We are looking forward to adding more quality cattle, Irish Dexters, Belfair heifers, and a Lessor Jersey bull to our herd along with Hannah's future progeny.  We will keep you posted!

The Grazing Pig

Kunekune Pigs are the only breed of swine known to fatten on grass with so very little needed in the way of supplementation.  Their wide head, dished face, and short, upturned snout speak to their ability and tendency to graze rather than root.


True preservation can only come through utilization of the animal as food creating a demand in perpetuity.  True Kunekune preservation can only come through an understanding of correct Kunekune type which speaks to their purpose as a grazing pig.....

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