After seven years breeding miniature cattle alongside his beef cattle, John Bartheld hit the jackpot.
The new member of the herd is Peanut, a Panda minicow belonging to an exclusive group of only 40 members worldwide.
Bartheld’s work paid off three weeks ago when the minicow was born. The Bellingham Herald reports Bartheld had a miniature Hereford artificially inseminated with an American miniature Beltie bull. He has another calf born earlier this year, Star, who almost qualifies as a Panda cow but doesn’t meet all of the requirements.
The calf, who Bartheld calls the “Brad Pitt of cattle” is up for sale. The Washington state man has received at least one offer to buy Peanut.The three-foot-tall Panda cows can sell for $3,000.
With one Panda cow successfully entering the herd, he plans to strike the jackpot again as he continues to breed the minicows.