Miniature Zebu are a hearty and disease resistant breed of cattle. They are the only true breed of miniature cattle, which means they were not bred down from larger breeds. Rather, they are a unique species all their own and they are striking to behold.
According to documented records dating as far back as 3000 BC, the breed itself originated in India and imported into the the United States many, many years later. Even today, pure miniature zebu are relatively rare in North America, but are becoming more and more popular as people learn about them. Miniature zebu are a tropical breed and handle hot, humid climates very well. However, many of these animals are successfully owned on farms up north, but will need shelter during very cold weather. Zebu are exceptionally resistant to disease and are very easy to care for. Miniature Zebu range from 26" to 42" in height, with most averaging 36" to 38" (measured just behind their hump), and they typically weigh between 200 and 500 pounds.
Their most distinguishing characteristic is a well developed hump, especially on the mature bulls. They look similar to a Brahma, but have upright - not droopy - ears.
Because of their size, Miniature Zebu need only about a third of the pasture and feed that regular cattle require which means their owner can raise three times as many calves each year. They are also much easier on the land so expensive equipment is unnecessary. Since Miniature Zebu are considerably safer (even for children) to be around, they make excellent 4-H or FFA projects. It is also a lot easier to confine them for inspection and veterinarian care.
Miniature Zebu are accepted in a variety of colors including gray, near-white, red, black, spotted, or paint. Red and paints are more rare.
Size Comparison - Mini Zebu bull & full size bull