"CoCoMo" and two of our other cows, "Agnes Gail" and "Queenie" were sold to a young couple, Ashley and Andrew Taylor--practically neighbors--who are just starting out with Highland Cattle. Two days after the three arrived at their farm, "CoCoMo" gave birth to these TWO beautiful, healthy twin calves! (Of interest, given the three farms within a two hour radius of our farm here, who also have raised Highland cattle for over 20 years and maintained 20-30 head of breeding cows, only one of all those many cows had twins -- ONCE!) How fortuitous for the Taylors...and their future with continuing the legacy of well bred, hardy, capable Highland Registered Stock! May they prosper in their venture!
Here's to 'Taylor Ridge Homestead'!
"WWH Apple Allen MacKay" (AHCA Reg. # 59249)
SOLD MAY 2020 TO A MICHIGAN FOLD:
son of Apple Hill's Basil Reg. # 55567 and our Agnes Gail Reg. #45811
A most extraordinary young Highland Bull...one of only three I registered and sold over the 20+ years of raising Highland Cattle -- exhibiting the best of the best in Highland characteristics
Scottish Highland cattle were on the endangered list of becoming extinct 30+ years ago. However, more than 60,000 cows and bulls have been registered in the United States in the American Highland Cattle Association to date. Their heritage is one of hardiness and ease of calving. We chose to raise HIGHLANDS for that reason. They are to cattle what Coopworths are to sheep!
Their 'hair' is also useful for spinning exotic coarse yarns and felting uniquely useful matts and blankets - and an occasional hat.
HIGHLAND CATTLE GENETICS
"Pinky" calved September 1st of this year and her little heifer calf, "Thiona Faye" Reg. #60737, suffered from a heat stroke and dehydration her second day, being born in this September's horrific, unexpected 90 degree weather. She and Pinky have remained here at our house pasture since. Both have recovered from the trauma and are doing extremely well. Pinky comes for apples when we call her and Thiona pushes her out of the feed pan to insure she gets her share. Pinky is a great mom and one of the most striking Highland cows you will find anywhere. And yes, temperament is everything!
*NOTE: We have decided to reduce our fold and keep only our one Highland 'coo'...my "Pinky"...and her calf, "Thiona Faye". We will pasture Highland steers here to provide meat for ourselves and family and we will always support and promote Scottish Highlands as a worthy breed--a heritage breed that should be appropriately bred and maintained for their hardiness, forage efficacy, and genetic diversity...we ask please that no one promote either the miniaturization or the unnecessary weight and frame expansion (as is so popular in the current US cattle industry) of this magnificent heritage cattle breed originating from the Highlands of Scotland!