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Highland Cattle

 These majestic animals have big personalities for such small bodies.   If you are looking for a first time dual purpose cow or just a beef animal this is it.  They are a Scottish breed that is hardy in the coldest and harshest of climates.  This does well for us here in the winters were it commonly gets -50C.   

These guys are most noted for their long horns and their long hair.  There coats come in black, brindle, blonde, dun, light red, dark red, white, and silver.  They can not be spotted in color.  I have seen references of people using the hair and spinning it to make clothing and craft items.  Also of using the hides as rugs or for leather.

Their magnificent horns grow through out their lives.  The older cows will have the longest horns.  They use their horns to protect their young from predators, clear brush and dead fall, and to set up a ranking within the herd. 

They are legendary in their ease of calving. In all the years we have had highlands, Dan has only had to pull a calf from a highland once.  They have one of the longest reproductive lifespans averaging 18 yrs.  When they have young they will form a loose circle and have the calves in the center.  When they sleep there is always one that is awake and watching out for the rest.  When they are grazing there is the "babysitter" that stays with the young.  They are also really good at hiding their young and you will almost step on them before you see them in the brush. 

Highlands are well adapted to being raised on pastures.  They do well on grasses and hay and have been known to eat leaves and buds off the trees.    They have a very lean, well marbled meat.  

 The bulls weigh about 1,800 lbs at maturity and the cows are about 1,100 lbs.  Steers are finished off around 1,000 lbs and usually grown on pasture until 2+ yrs old. 

They can be halter broke and lead, milked, and shown.   

 At this time we are changing our herd around.  All of our highlands are very calm and will come up when called.  However, they are not halter broke.  We are working on changing that.  Our two small children walk out in the pasture with us and have no problems with them.  Our four year old and I can feed many of them by hand.  We will not except any animal here on our farm that is aggressive.  We have a new bull calf prospect coming this fall and he will be halter broke as soon as he gets here. 

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These are two of the cows that we have.  These girls are our oldest at 16 and 19 years old.  

These two photos are of our herd bull.  One as a weanling and one this fall as a mature bull.