Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions
Miniature White Galloways are low maintenance, no fuss, docile cattle. We brush and handle ours regularly simply because we enjoy doing it - it is not necessary. These are our answers. We are not experts.
Question 1: Do you still have cattle trained for Animal Assisted Therapy?
Answer 1: Yes we are training our full blood and purebred miniature cattle to meet the AAT and paddock pet demand.
Question 2: How much does a full blood or purebred Miniature White Galloway cost?
Answer 2: All breeders must decide for themselves at what price they are willing to sell their cattle. There is no set price for stud cattle and no price setting authority.
Miniature cattle are more expensive than standard size cattle in most instances. Miniature White Galloways are rare, generally difficult to find for sale and, therefore, can be costly to purchase. Different breeders pride themselves on different things and, therefore, breed their cattle for different purposes - this all impacts on price.
Well trained, docile cattle usually cost you more than untrained, wary little grass eaters. Small, white full blood bull calves, those good enough to be kept for breeding purposes, will cost thousands of dollars (not hundreds). Small, well-formed bulls with good bloodlines and docile temperaments are worth every dollar you pay for them.
Steers cost less than breeding stock (over $500 under $1000). Breeding females are more expensive than steers (mostly over $2000 mostly under $3500). These are rough guides only.
We always sell pets in pairs. Cattle are herd animals. Your pets will be on their own in the paddocks more hours of the day than you will be with them.
Price is always dependent on the age, breed qualities, breeding performance (proven breeders being more expensive) and the show performance of cattle being sold. So, there will always be variations.
The bottom line on prices: Unless you are talking to a breeder about a particular animal, in a particular set of circumstances, it is hard to say what price may be agreed upon by the parties involved. It is a matter between you and the breeder. And as with most things in life, you generally get what you pay for - except in the occasional instance where you are very lucky or extremely unlucky.
Full blood heifer is enjoying a brush. The four-year-old visitor is also enjoying the fun.
Question 3: What is the difference between full blood and purebred Miniature Galloway cattle? And what are 'grade' cattle?
Answer 3: Full blood Galloway cattle have only registered full blood Galloway cattle in their breeding history and absolutely nothing else. If the paperwork is not all in order (five generations of registration papers), then the cattle cannot be registered as full blood cattle.
Purebred 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). Pure breed cattle are registered, and they can be 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 'listed' as opposed to being registered. They can't be taken into the show ring.
Choosing whether 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 perfectly legitimate for members of the Australian Galloway Association.
Beautiful full blood cow Eth with our favourite grade bull calf GOLD CREEK Dougal.
Question 4: Do you lease bulls or sell semen straws?
Answer 4: No. We have found sourcing unrelated bulls for our own herd a challenging experience. Most breeders of Miniature White Galloway cattle will be able to offer advice or point you in the right direction in relation to bulls closest to you.
Question 5: Are your cattle suitable for people who have no experience with cattle - we've never owned livestock before?
Answer 5: Yes - Our Galloway cattle are specifically bred and trained to make it easy for first-time livestock owners to enjoy owning them. 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 you should be quite capable of looking after livestock.
If you are a first timer, look for miniature cattle that you can go up to in the paddock. A visitor saying "Hello" for the first time to one of our 15-month old heifers. Winter 2012.
When you purchase our cattle we are only ever an email or a phone call away. We want to ensure that the cattle are well looked after and that you, as our clients, are thoroughly enjoying owning them.
Question 6: How big are Miniature Galloway cattle?
Answer 6: To be eligible to be shown as a Miniature Galloway females currently can mature at no more than 120 cm and males at a maximum of 125 cm.
At 12 months, Miniature Galloway females must not be over 107.5 cm and 112.5 cm for males. The registration requirements can differ depending on where you register them.
Question 7: How come you have black calves from white cows and a white bull?
Answer: This is a very good question and I don't have a good answer. We have a white bull and we have joined him with white cows and we get black calves. Why? Breeders with far more experience than us, all have different theories as to how and why this happens, but nobody knows for sure. There is currently a research project in progress at an international level to find out the reason for this perplexing occurrence. I will keep you posted.
Breeders sometimes use a black bull when their white calves are born without strong black points. The thinking is, that if the calves of this joining are white, that they will have stronger points. We purchased seven cows in calf to a black bull - we got six black calves and one white heifer calf (she did have strong black points).