STARBURST MINIATURE HEREFORDS – FIRST IN THEIR CLASS

STARBURST MINI GINGER – FIRST IN JUNIOR COW CLASS VCS

Starburst Herefords has placed first in both the Junior Bull and Junior Cow class, with stiff competition from around the world, in the second annual 2012 Virtual Cattle Show for Miniature Herefords, held by the Australian Miniature Hereford Breeders Network.  We are delighted with this honor as these two animals are foundation stock for our UK herd, having produced their first offspring together in June 2012.

MINIATURE HEREFORDS FROM STARBURST MAKE UK INTRODUCTION

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Miniature Herefords, bred by Andrew and Marie Bayliss of Starburst Herefords and Shorthorns, were displayed in a pen at the Turriff show, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland,  in August, 2012.   Mini Ginger and Mini Goldrush, as well as  their offspring,  Starburst Joker, who was born in Scotland in June, was introduced to the public at the Scottish National Hereford Show.  The local paper picked up the news and produced a picture of mother and son in a center fold of show highlights.  Joker made a real hit with the kids.  It is believed this is the first time Miniature Herefords have been on display, in the UK.   They are all registered with the Hereford Cattle Society and have proven to be very popular as people realize the multitude of  benefits of the smaller Hereford genetics and their ability to perform as efficient back yard beef producers on smaller holdings, while still having all the traits that made Herefords popular in the past.

First Miniature Hereford calf born from natural breeding arrives at Starburst Herefords, Scotland

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June 28, 2012 10:00PM – Starburst Joker, a 34 pound perfectly marked Miniature Hereford bull arrived unassisted from a heifer mother, Mini Ginger, and bull Mini Goldrush.  This naturally bred calf was a first at Starburst Herefords, in Scotland UK.  Although breeding naturally in Canada since 1994, most Miniature Herefords in the UK, regardless of breeder, has been born from embryos obtained over the years from the Starburst breeding program in Canada.  This natural service baby is from the same well established breeding program, and one of the first Miniature Herefords in the UK to be born by natural service. Joker will be an ambassador of the breed, as he will be retained on farm to help introduce visitors to Miniature Herefords.