Mini-Cows at Home in British Backyards
United Press International, August 17, 2008
LONDON, Aug 17, 2008 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Hundreds of families across
Britain have begun raising miniature cattle in their backyards in
light of rising food prices, farmers say.
Sue Farrant, whose family has purchased four Dexter miniature cattle
for their home in the county of Kent, says the animals offer a way
for households to save money on food in the long run, The Sunday
Times of London said.
"With high food prices, they are actually quite an attractive option
if you like producing your own food," Farrant said. "Both my husband
and I have full-time jobs so we're keeping them on the side as an
Farrant says the small cows also are renowned for the quality of
their meat and says the bovines are essentially care-free as long as
they have grass on which to graze, the Times reported.
"As long as you've got plenty of grass, they will be fine," she told
the newspaper. "You don't really have to feed them."
The cattle species was initially bred in Ireland during the 1800s and
has been credited with being able to supply an entire household with
milk for a year.
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