Miniature Jerseys

Breed traits for 'Lessor' Jersey

composed by Tim O'Donnell for the I.M.C.B.R "2001"


Light fawn to red to dark brown to shades of black. Some white permissible.


Broad forehead, tapering gracefully toward the muzzle with a dish face. Strong lower jaw, with jaws meeting properly. A distinguishing white or light colored band around the mussel. Eyes should be bright and prominent, wide spread and bulging, thus the saying, “Rabbit-Eyed Jersey”.


Well set into the shoulders, not too thick or too short. It should flow gracefully into the body


Most Lessor Jersey’s are naturally polled animals, however, miniature Jersey’s with horns are acceptable.



Well-proportioned regarding height to length. The small Jersey should resemble their larger counter-part completely in every aspect as to dairy type and individual. The typical cow will be refined, feminine appearance with ample substance. A straight underline with udder firmly attached front and rear with strong center support. Udder and teats should be of moderate size with teats of equal size squarely placed on an udder with clearly defined halving. Animals should exhibit sharpness and strength indicating productive efficiency. Udder should show traits that contribute to high milk yield and a long productive life.


The typical bull will show a masculine appearance with ample substance. Disposition should be very docile and quiet. Gentleness a must. Their legs will be short to moderate, but not excessively long, and well placed under the body; forelegs straight and squarely placed; hind legs nearly perpendicular from hock to pastern when viewed from the side and straight when viewed from the rear. Feet short, well rounded with deep heel, level sole, and toes properly placed.


Cows at three years of age and over should not exceed 700 pounds live weight. Bulls at three years of age and over should not exceed 900 pounds live weight.


Mature animals must be 42″ or under at three years of age to be classified as miniature, or over 43″ up to 48″ at maturity to be classified as Mid-Size. Measurement is taken at the Hook bone located directly in front of the hip bone.


Must be approved breeding-an animal must not be the result of inbreeding (inbreeding is defined as more than 50% influence of an ancestor).


A picture of each animal being registered must accompany each application. Certificates are TEMPORARY until maturity (three years of age) at which time height measurement is required for permanent registry. Breed of ancestors must be listed on pedigree, if available

A Snapshot of Mini Jersey History

Ralph Martin of Mt Airy NC feeding some of his Mini Jersey cows.

Pic taken July 1997

Many of today’s little Jerseys can be traced back to some of his little cows.

"Lessor" Jerseys Are A Unique Breed of Cattle
"Lessor" meaning less than a standard size Jersey

Thank you for your interest in my Lessor Jerseys, they are still a Rare and Unique breed of cattle.

I have had so many people ask me how much they cost. Pricing of a Lessor Jersey would be up to the individual breeder. Keep in mind though that these cattle are still rare and would be priced as such. Increasing your herd is a slow process. It just takes time due to the fact a cow takes nine months to have a calf, and you only get one calf a year.

Why have a Lessor Jersey? These small cattle are more docile and easier to handle. They are easier on land, equipment, and your facilities; they do not have the size or bulk to do much harm on fencing. A small acreage owner can handle twice as many small cows on the same amount of land it would take to raise just one full-sized animal. Lessor Jerseys eat about 1/3 the amount of grain and hay as a standard size cow. You can easily keep two or three on an acre of good pasture. I mix corn, dairy supplement, vitamins, minerals, salt, and wet molasses for my cows’ feed. Lessor Jerseys are very hardy animals and adapt to whatever climate they are in, as long as you have shade when it is hot and some type of shelter from wet and cold weather. 

You must realize, however, ‘Lessor’ Jerseys are dairy animals, they give milk and must be milked twice a day or have calves to take the milk.

I am doing all I can to promote and protect them. Only sincere, dedicated people with the same affection as I have will be able to buy one from me. Anyone who may be in the area is welcome to come by and see my cattle. I am always willing to show my little cows to interested people and can talk about cows all day. If you have any questions, call me at 618 – 483 – 5081 or email me at: timothydavid56@hotmail.com.

Most all my Lessor Jersey cattle are registered with the International Miniature Cattle Breeders Society, 2504 156th Ave S. E. , Covington, WA 98042. The phone is: 252 – 631-1911 or email – info@minicattle.com – web site: www.minicattle.com also with the minjerseyherdbook.com

I am the IMCBR breed registry co-chairperson of the Lessor Jersey breed.

Bob Honey & Orlando Daughters. 
They don’t get much better than this!
Pic taken 2007
DC Petals and her Bull Calf, PJ
A one of a kind cow!

Lived to be 13yrs old, 38″ tall.
Dam of DC GJ Johnny Bob
Grand Dam of DC Prince JB Royal T

I purchased Blossom, Pumpkin, Bob Honey, Petals from Annette Hesters in IN  in 1997/98. Along with several other bovines . None of these were registered animals when purchased. I had them registered with the IMCBR shortly after purchase. 

I did not breed these bovines here on the farm but I raised them from 3  to 10 days of age and gave them a good home for years. These were a small part of my starter herd I acquired back in the beginning.

Rudabaga Great Grand Sire of many of the current Dexter Corner Bovines, photo taken 1997
Rudabaga and Rosie
A one of a kind cow!

Great Grand Sire  of many of the current  Dexter Corner  Bovines…

Rudabaga Lineage of Bulls Past and Present