As important as a well marked animal is to breed for temperment, both dams who make good mums and bulls who have a placid nature and are easy to handle.
On forty acres we have settled for around ten breeding cows with followers. The original two cows some years ago were sourced from the Esprit stud, with Holly, one of those foundation cows having produced the backbone of the current herd. Each of our cows has their own unique character and much pleasure is achieved at the end of the day leaning on a gate and simply watching them get on with their daily lives.
We are excited this year to be using imported semen from a US Miniature Hereford bull as we seek to diversify bloodlines within New Zealand.