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Iowa man raises miniature cows for profit
By Associated Press, 06/17/02
ROCKWELL, Iowa -- Dustin Pillard is betting his farm on compact cows.
Pillard has 50 tiny cows on his northern Iowa farm, all about 3 feet tall. He's hoping they'll catch on as pets, and so far inquiries have come in from as far as Europe, Mexico and Argentina.
"I like them," said Pillard, 30. "If nobody else does, that doesn't really bother me. We're breeding just for the novelty end of it."
The smallest full-grown animal is a 3-year-old bull that's 33 inches tall and weighs 320 pounds. The largest, a mature bull, is 35 inches tall and 400 pounds.
Pillard thinks interest for the cattle, which start at about $1,000, is growing. And the more people know, the more interest he sees.
"If they saw a rodeo bull that was only three feet tall, I'd think they'd have to have one. That's our hope, anyway."