Miniature Zebu are a hearty, disease-resistant breed of cattle. They are true “miniatures,” which means they were not bred down from larger breeds as most other breeds that are now called “miniatures.” They developed in India and Africa over thousands of years. There exists documented proof of similar small-humped cattle existing as early as 3000 BC.
Their distinguishing characteristic is a well-developed hump, especially on the mature bulls. They are Bos Indicus animals like their full-sized cousins – the Brahma cattle, as opposed to Bos Taurus, like most European breeds of cattle. They have the Brahman look, although their ears are upright. They do not have the large droopy ears of a Brahma.
Miniature Zebu are a tropical breed imported into the United States from India and Africa as a novelty for zoos and fairs. They are a breed that loves hot weather, although they can be raised in cooler climates if they have shelter. They are a relatively rare breed, with only a few thousand in existence in the entire United States.
With proper treatment, Miniature Zebu make wonderful pets and are ideal for the small acreage farmer. They need only about a third or a fourth of the pasture and feed that regular cattle require, enabling the owner to raise three or four times as many calves each year on the same size of farm.
Miniature cattle are much easier on the land, fencing and equipment and are considerably safer for children (and adults) to be around. They make excellent 4-H projects. They are also easier and safer to confine for inspection and veterinarian care. Expensive heavy-duty equipment is not needed. Full grown Miniature Zebu typically weigh only 250 to 500 pounds and typically measure 34 to 42 inches in height measured immediately behind the hump.
Bogle Farms Miniature Zebu are typically 32 to 36 inches in height and weigh between 250 and 400 pounds.