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THE STORY OF
MINIATURE CATTLE FARM
An American Original
Of course his family needed a place to live so they drove up and down many roads looking for houses for sale. Eventually they saw a small for sale sign on a post and stopped and talked to the owner. This was a farm of several acres with a great view of Mt. Rainier hence the name Happy Mountain® Farm. Arlene was the farmer. Dick had no experience with farm life. The price seemed right and the barn was huge. The house, built in 1915, needed lots of repair but Dick was good at fixing things up. The family of four moved in August of 1966 and Dick started training as a cattleman. His background in business and knowledge of genetics would prove to serve him well.
The first cattle were standard size Herefords. For several years the family concentrated on breeding purebred Hereford cattle. Then came a few Angus and Angus/Hereford crosses. One of the Herefords calves became very special to Arlene. The calf was named Misty. Misty is a beautiful animal and has had many calves over the years. She had twins once and the result was a prolapsed uterus. Misty has had lots of health problems but we keep working with her. She is now 21 years of age and is still going strong. She can't have any more calves but we keep her anyway. She is like the energizer bunny and just keeps going and going.
The City of Seattle and surrounding urban areas just keeps growing and spreading. Real estate taxes on the farm just kept going up and up. The land was no longer cheap. The family found it necessary to sell off some of the land to be able to afford what was left. The farm got smaller and smaller and as that occurred large cattle just didn't work. Dick got to thinking about smaller cattle for smaller acreage. In the Spring of 1971 a small herd of Dexter cattle were purchased. These were the short legged variety. Some of the smallest Herefords were also kept. Over time small Angus, small Highland, smaller Belted Galloway and Dutch Belt cattle breeds were added. From this base Dick has now developed a total of ten completely new breeds of miniature cattle based on crossbred foundations. These include the KingshireTM Miniature Cattle, KentshireTM Miniature Cattle, CovingtonshireTM Miniature Cattle, American BeltieTM("Mini-Cookie") Miniature Cattle , Black BaldieTM Miniature Cattle, Happy Mountain® Miniature Cattle, Grad-WohlTM Miniature Cattle , BarbeeTM Miniature Cattle,BurienshireTM Miniature Cattle, and PandaTM Miniature Cattle. All ten breeds are registered and have an approved written breeding program including breed standards. The farm currently maintains a stable of ten foundation breeding bulls.
Cattle from Happy Mountain® Miniature Cattle Farm are now in 28 of the 50 states including Hawaii and fifteen other countries. Two of the breeds developed are being used in organic beef production for today's consumer. Dick's wife Arlene has done a good job at teaching her apprentice how to be a farm boy.