In case you haven’t met him yet, this is Tiny, our heirloom Angus bull.
As you can see, he’s anything but small these days. His head alone is as big as a safe—and about as solid as one too. We estimate that Tiny weighs about 2,000 pounds.
He didn’t arrive that way, however, which is how he got his name. A few years ago, I was looking at a couple of young bulls, and I liked him the best. He has a terrific, solid body and all the classic Angus features. However, he was just so much smaller than the others, I wasn’t sure whether he was up to the task.
“Don’t worry,” the guy said to me. “He’ll figure it out.”
Well, I didn’t need to worry. He’s grown up to full size and is just massive. Tiny’s got a great personality, relaxed and friendly. He’s brave and usually the first to eat alfalfa out of the back of the Gator.
Right now, he’s out with the girls and babies in the field that’s close to the house. We laugh because we can hear him crooning to cows in other pastures. A few times a day, Tiny lets out his best Sinatra just to let the girls know he’s loves all of them.
He’s not here for decoration, though. Like every animal on our farm, Tiny has a job to do. We often implant Wagyu embryos in our Angus moms, but not every cow gets pregnant this way. Once the girls have gotten their treatment, we set Tiny out into the pasture with them to make heirloom Angus babies.
At this point, most of our Angus calves have been fathered by Tiny. Since we want to keep the genetics strong, he may not be with us forever. However, Tiny is one of our farm’s biggest characters, and we appreciate his role on the farm and his oversize personality!