Highlands originated in Scotland and are a hardy breed. They not only eat grass, but actually forage much like a goat, eating brush, briers, etc. Their metabolism is slower so they eat less than your average cow, making them well suited for smaller land/homesteads, and perfect for quality grass-fed beef. Their meat is naturally lower in fat while still being well marbled, and is considered a specialty meat. In addition, these animals are quite docile and are even utilized as dairy animals. Our Highlands are registered through either the Heartland Highland Cattle Association (HHCA) or the American Highland Cattle Association (AHCA), or both.
The Cows That Started It All Amber & Lucy
Amber was our first Highland cow. She is a beautiful, loving, gentle girl who loves to be brushed, hugged and loved. She is halter trained and even milk trained. Then along game Lucy Moo! Lucy was a twin (two girls), who was orphaned by her mother on the same day Amber’s calf was born sleeping. We grafted Lucy onto Amber and they’ve been mother and daughter since.
The Rest of Our Fold
Over the years we’ve added more adorable coos to the family and we're super excited about the direction we've chosen for these magnificent animals here at Higher Ground. We run both AHCA & HHCA registered cattle with a preference for those on the larger side as opposed to smaller (or mini) side. We recently added an AHCA registered dun bull we call Kona to the mix. He’s a young guy but we can’t wait to see what he’s got! Calves from our previous herd sire, Maverick, are just now starting to arrive for 2023. Pictured below is RedWillow Cascade (Cassie) with hers and Maverick’s 2022 heifer calf, Shalom, whom we are retaining for our program.