Miniature Jersey Resources & Links

These are my (Tim’s) personal recommendations on breeders, equipment, websites, and other things I think my be helpful to you when raising Mini Jersey cattle.

Recommended Breeders

If you are looking to get started with Mini Jerseys, you will want to find yourself a reputable breeder. You can tell they are good breeders if they offer help and guidance. Their animals consistently meet the IMCBR Breed Traits, and they will let you know if they think an animal is not up to standard.

Dexter Corner Mini Jerseys
Tim O’Donnell – Altamont, Illinois (Website)

Sureshot Cattle Company
Sara Haas – Gering, Nebraska (Website)

Tinstone Cattle Company
Stefanie Hanen – Birmingham, Alabama (Instagram)

Kings Acres Farm
Kevin Heiser – Loda, Illinois (Website)

Halters

You may wish to your search at Mini Cattle Supply.

For calves, I have found that collars work better for my needs, more than halters.

For adults, I also like collars. If I have to use a halter, I like to use a halter with a chain strap so it’s easy to get on and off. These can be found in many livestock / farm supply stores. The one local to me is called Rural King.

Milking Machines

I purchased my milking machine decades ago from Perry’s Milkers (Mike Perry). I have a 7 gallon milk bucket as I was milking cows that would exceed the 5 gallon limit. However if you are only milking one cow, a 5 gallon bucket may be sufficient and will be easier to clean, lighter to carry. 

Nowadays I know many people who purchase their milking machines from Parts Department.

If you plan to get a milking machine, start saving up for one now, because the good ones are not cheap. The cheap ones can damage your cow’s teats. It is worth it to spend the extra money up front and not have problems down the line.

Fencing

A four foot high fence is sufficient to keep in a mini Jersey. Make sure you plan your paddocks ahead of time. Especially if you plan to have a bull, you will need to be able to separate him when you don’t want your heifers or cows bred.

For your bull’s pen, I recommend your regular fencing plus a hot wire run inside the fence at nose height to the bull. There is no use putting the hot wire higher than the bull because he may come up to the fence and rub on it or try to stick his face through to smell the girls on the other side. In doing so, he may learn to challenge the fence and eventually get through it. A hot wire at nose height will teach him not to get close to the fence.