Sir Eli is Texan by birth, but came to us from Ontario. He is registered as foundation pure with both, the International Miniature Zebu Association and the American Miniature Zebu Association. He is a proven bull. We came to own him quite by accident.
Miniature Zebus are a very unlikely match for our farm and our continental cattle from the European Alps – except for one thing: their colour. Miniature Zebu cattle share the same primitive grey colour and markings with the Grauvieh. In addition, as the name suggests, they are very small and ideally suited as a first cross to larger cattle to reduce the frame size in the resulting offspring.
Their colour and their size motivated me to consider the Miniature Zebu as a first cross to our Braunvieh and Brown Swiss cows, and the resulting heifers will be the foundation for my breeding of my Grey Alpine Cattle using Grauvieh sires from Austria. Confused? Read more HERE about the Grey Alpine Cattle.
We came to own Sir Eli by accident, because this unruly little bull was thrown in as a bonus with the purchase of a more mature, well-natured Miniature Zebu bull of perfect grey colour for my cross-breeding plans. However, once Sir Eli had arrived at our farm for evaluation, and the bull I originally chose went to the farm of his co-owner and my neighbor, we literally fell in love with the stunning little creature and made the arrangement a permanent one.
Although the colour of Sir Eli resembles more that of a Jersey bull than that of a Grauvieh bull, he is, in all other respects, not a disappointment, and the wrong tint in colour will, hopefully, only be a temporary deviation from my goal. His first calf, a heifer, was born on September 19th. 2013 to our Brown Swiss cow.