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Miniature cattle – two of them to be exact – are coming to the Heritage Park Petting Farm in the very near future.
Mayor Rick Sollars brought forth the resolution to purchase them and City Council agreed unanimously during its Tuesday, December 4 meeting. The cattle, which usually grow to between 36 and 42 inches tall, will cost about $8,000.
“This is a great opportunity for the Petting Farm,” Mayor Rick Sollars said. “These miniature cattle are perfect for our setting at Heritage Park. They have all kinds of benefits, and the children are going to love them. They are tough to find, so we jumped at the opportunity.”
Miniature cattle are the perfect animal for small acreage farms. According to experts in the field, they require one-third the feed of standard size animals. Because of their small size, miniature cattle can be handled easily and efficiently without the need for special equipment or special fencing. They are efficient feed converters and easy on the land and pasture.
They are perfect for … the Heritage Park Petting Farm.
Some of the benefits to miniature cattle are:
Miniature cattle also offer a great way for children to become involved in 4-H Club-type campaigns and are ideal in learning environments.
When it comes to upkeep, their small size doesn’t lend itself to numerous problematic medical conditions, unlike their much larger and more complex counterparts. Smaller size cows only need minor adjustments in regards to their feeding and care, and they really make for good pets, because they are very gentle by nature. Experts say that petting zoo managers love miniature cows.
They’re cute and small and they have friendly dispositions—what’s not to like?
The purchase is a result of the passing of Gracie the Jersey Cow, the largest member of the Heritage Park Petting Farm stable of animals and one of its most popular attractions over the past decade. She passed away on November 15 after a long battle with illnesses related to age.
It is uncertain when the two new miniature cattle will make their first appearances at the Petting Farm, but Mayor Sollars promised that one more obstacle has to be hurdled:
“We’ll do some public outreach when they arrive, and do a naming contest.”
So you can start thinking of possible names now and get a head start on the process.