Brief History about the breed:
Highland Cattle evolved in the harsh climate of Scotland. Written records have been found dating back into the 1300's. Early
Scots would keep the cows on the first floor of their homes to generate warmth for the family, which lived above on the second floor.
The cattle are easy to handle despite their long horns, which they use primarily for knocking down brush( for grazing), predator
protection and scratching themselves. They are excellent foragers and eat many plants other cattle reject. They clean out the
underbrush in a woodlot, roses, buck brush and many different tree leaves and saplings. Highlands never go hungry.
How did we get involved in Highlands:
When I first heard and read about the Scottish Highland Cattle in Germany back in the 70's I felt drawn to them. This very old breed is
easy going, hardy and different looking than any other. These are our very first cattle and we have found that their care is simple.
Here they share a pasture will horses, goats, sheep and all are getting along.
Highlands are normally docile and don't succumb to stress easily.
Highland cows weigh 900-1200 pounds when mature and calve with ease, producing calves weighing 40- 60 pounds.
Bulls will average from 1500-2000 pounds depending on forage conditions. Highland Cattle mature slowly, making their meat lean and
very flavorful. The long hair means that the animal does not have to produce a layer of fat to stay warm.
Some people like to spin the long hair and it works quite well. Highlands come in different colors, red, yellow, dun (like a bison), white,
silver, brindle and black. Their horns grow throughout their whole life. Some of them have horns more than 8 feet across. It is the oldest
registered breed of cattle in the world. Highlands are a triple purpose animal. Meat, milk and fiber.
A study by the Scottish Agricultural College determined that Highland beef is significantly lower in fat and cholesterol and higher
in protein and iron than other beef breeds.
They are grass-fed without hormones or other medications.
We are members of the Heartland Highland Cattle Association( HHCA) and they send out a free educational packet to anyone interested
in learning more. You can visit their website: www.heartlandhighlandcattleassociation.org or email:
|Another reason why we love the Highlands, they are patient.
|How can you not love a face like that?
Little Red, born July 2012
|Toby, as a youngster, is making
progress on the halter
|They sure know how to pose.
|Little love for Coco.
She was born in July 2012
|The calves in October 2012
|Look, who is coming for dinner.
|Brownie is having her first calf.
|Annabelle, will be 2 years this May.
She is born here at the farm.
|Mother Dixie and her son.
He is a steer now.
|This is Toby, our breeding bull. He
is from our own breeding and is
calm and easy going.
|Daisy is for sale. She is a 5 year old, very correct cow, has a steer
on her side and is exposed to the bull pictured above.
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