GOLD CREEK Galloway Stud is just three minutes from the heritage listed town of historic Braidwood, in Southern NSW, Australia.
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Although we have done our best to answer your questions, please keep in mind that the answers given on this page are from our personal experience only. We are not, and do not claim to be experts or authorities on any of these matters.
Question 1: How much land do I need to own miniature cattle?
Answer 1: We think 2 hectares or five acres of good pasture should be enough for two or three miniature steers.
In some instances, you can run two steers on a couple of acres (usually with a lot of hand feeding). Cattle need to be kept in at least pairs. Cows and calves and cows in calf eat more pasture than steers. The rainfall, soil quality and the type of pasture in the paddock will also determine the stocking rate. You have to take into account that cattle trample on some of the feed and they apply fresh fertiliser to some of it too (manure and urine). So it is not just about how much they eat.
Drought - what drought? We have called our herd up for some hay in Winter as a treat (not a necessity). The hay helps to keep the cows with calves at foot in top condition while they are lactating.
Personally, we think it is a better to work in a situation where you have too much feed rather than not enough. Our feeling is that it is preferable to have to buy more cattle later on than it is to either sell the stock (heartbreaking) or buy feed (expensive).
Go to the Caring for Miniature Cattle page to read more about the process of owning cattle.
Question 2: What is the difference between full blood, and purebred and grade Miniature Galloway cattle?
Answer 2: Full blood Galloway cattle have only registered full blood Galloway cattle in their breeding history and absolutely nothing else. If the paperwork is not in order (five generations of registration papers), then the cattle cannot be registered as full blood cattle.
Purebred Galloway cattle have a breed other than Galloway, at least, five generations back in their breeding history on at least one side of the breeding - sire or dam (in other words, purebred cattle have a graded cow or bull somewhere in their breeding history. Purebred cattle can be registered and taken into the show ring.
Graded Galloway cattle have a breed other than Galloway less than five generations back in their breeding history (on at least one side of the breeding - sire or dam). Graded cattle are registered as being 'listed' as opposed to a straight registration. They can't be taken into the show ring.
Choosing to cross breed or grade up with Galloway cattle is a personal choice for all individual breeders. Grading up and cross breeding with Galloway cattle is legitimate through the Australian Galloway Association.
Beautiful full blood cow Glen Mist Ethereal with our favourite grade bull calf GOLD CREEK Dougal.Question 3: What makes Miniature Galloway cattle better than others?
Answer 3: In our opinion, three things make our Galloway cattle stand out - Temperament, temperament and temperament.
At times, we have half a dozen people or more walking among our herd of miniature cattle - cows, calves and the working bulls. These people can range in age from three years old to eighty-three years young, and they all want to be hands-on. People love to brush the cattle, talk to them and ask us questions. The whole herd needs to be gentle to allow this to happen safely. Our cattle just mill around, gently lapping up the attention and people just relax and enjoy.
Our cattle are more inclined to follow you to the gate looking for more attention than they are to run away from you when you first enter the paddock.
Little Paddock Pet, "You can brush me all day - but there is a chance I might go to sleep on your shoulder."
Question 4: How much do your little paddock pets cost?
Answer 4: A 'price' is not as easy a question as you might think. Every situation is different; there is no set price and no price setting authority. Cows, heifers, calves, steers and bulls are all very different regarding prices.
Every breeder must decide for themselves at what price they are willing to sell their cattle. Every buyer must also decide for themselves what price they are prepared to pay for any particular cow, calf, steer or bull they are going to purchase.
You will probably find that the smaller the miniatures, the bigger the price tags - to put it bluntly (it is the same with miniature horses, goats, pigs). Our prices are not governed solely by the size. Our cattle must be sweet natured, hardy and ready to reproduce (not the steers, of course!)
A pair of small white steers will be around the $1800 mark. At six to seven months old they will be quiet, halter trained and love being handled and brushed by you.
Small heifers start at the $2500 mark each. At eight to nine months old they will be quiet, halter trained and love being handled and brushed by you. Yes, at this age they are still babies, and they are fluffy, cute and cuddly.
We do not always sell our miniature cattle to the person able to pay the higher price. Quite often, we do not add the training costs to the price of our unique Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) cows and calves, so we can ensure those who need them the most, get them.
We do not discuss prices until we have particular cattle we are selling to people (people that we are 100% confident will take good care of them). We cannot tell you what another breeder should or shouldn't charge you for their cattle (so please don't ask).
Our priority, when we offer stock for sale, is to place our miniature cattle into what we hope to be ideal situations - great people in good locations. To date, we believe our success rate to be close to 100%.
Bull calves laying down in the 2015 Winter sun - the older heifer calves are checking them out.
Question 5: Are your cattle suitable for people who know nothing about cattle? We have never had livestock before, but we have moved onto acreage and would love to own some now.
Answer 5: Absolutely yes!
Our cute cattle are specifically bred and trained to make it easy first-time livestock owners to enjoy owning miniature cattle. If you are willing to learn, not afraid to ask questions and you are not afraid to ask for help if the need arises, then there is no reason you won't be great livestock owners.
We do not sell first timers our cattle and then 'cut them loose'. For us, 'hand holding' any first-time livestock owners is part of the sale. We are only ever an email or a phone call away for anyone who has taken one of our little miniatures home. We want to ensure that the cattle are well looked after and that our clients are thoroughly enjoying owning them.
As first-time livestock owners ourselves, we still remember how overwhelming those first 18 months were. We understand how daunting little things can seem and how important it is to feel it's OK to ask dozens of seemingly 'silly questions'. We love silly questions - it gives us an opportunity to work out if we have learned anything along the way ourselves.
Question 6: Do you send your cattle long distances and is it expensive? (Enquiries regularly come from Qld, Vic, WA, Tas and SA)
Answer 6: It is all relative. Although we prefer not to, we can and do send our miniature cattle long distances.
Ideally, you can simply pick up two or three miniature cattle from here with a horse float and a heavy duty vehicle. Horse floats can be hired for around $100 for a day.
We recommend people try to source cattle closer to home first. If people from interstate have their heart set on our cattle, then we direct them to a particular transporting company that we use for this purpose and highly recommend.
Cost often depends on where the driver is coming from and whether the driver can organise your pick up and delivery to tie in with other clients. Different variables will either reduce or increase the cost to you.
Transporting cattle long distances has become less necessary now as there are now more breeders in most eastern states.
Question 7:Do you sell toy cattle or microminiature cattle?
Answer 7: We do have some very small miniature cattle.
We classify our really small miniatures as just that - our small miniatures. We do not breed really small cattle at the cost of other important qualities (and we don't know anyone who does). Our cattle must be structurally sound, without genetic fault and well behaved. Even very small miniatures can weigh 200-300kg. That is a lot of beef if an animal is inclined to behave badly and start 'throwing its weight around'. We do not breed from animals with the wrong temperament; we feel it is more important that our small cattle are sweet natured and well trained - if they are also exceptionally small, that is a bonus.