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Header pictures taken at BIG RIDGE FARM

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We breed and raise Scottish Highland cattle.  We chose Highland cattle because of the steep pastures and woodlands of our farm and the hardy nature of these beautiful animals.  Our herd eats brush and weeds with as much vigor as they attack grass. We have over 100 acres of pasture that has not been grazed for years and our herd is well on its way to cleaning up the former pastured areas. They eat ten year old raspberry and blackberry thickets right to the ground and clean up 45 degree slopes that we thought only our goats could traverse.

     

 

About 125 acres of our farm is fenced and used for pasture. We live on the west slope of "the Big Ridge" mountain, with elevations ranging from approximately 2600 feet to 4000 feet. This is our gentle sloping lower pasture where the cattle stay the winter. I am taking the picture about 3200 ft elevation.

 

We move the cattle between pastures and the flat "Calving/breeding Pasture" along Brummett's Creek . The "Mountain Pasture" feeds the cattle well in the summer and dry fall, with daily cool breezes in the shady saddles between mountain peaks. The gentle pasture pictured above works with snowy or muddy weather. Below,  Kae is walking them down the state road that runs along Brummett's Creek to the calving pasture gate. They are rather manageable when you have some sweet feed.

Kae was elated when our first calf, Bully, was born.  She also learned that Coos are very protective of their young.  She picked up Bully for this picture and he let out a cry.  Not only did Dixie come running, the entire herd came at a full run with no stopping.  Kae was able to avoid contact by jumping across the creek to get away.

The Scottish Highland Cattle are an old heritage breed many cattle were bred from, (like today's popular Angus cattle).  The beauty of the Scottish Highland Cattle is they still possess many natural instincts and traits.  They are hardy, prefer to browse brush rather than eat grass, mate and calve without human help or intervention, protect each other and their young, and have conformation to enable them to make use of rough steep terrain.  I have seen a dog attack a heifer.  The heifer cried out and ran to where the herd was gathering in a tight circle with their horns pointed outward. The circled herd parted to let the heifer into the center and quickly closed behind her with sharp horns on lowered heads that would pierce any foe. 

Our dog, Lacey, walked up to a new calf once with her tail wagging, to get a sniff of her new family member.  Simone stepped between them and with surgical accuracy, picked up Lacey with one horn and threw her 25 feet, where Lacey's 126 pounds hit the wall 3 feet from the floor.  

The true Beauty of the breed is seen watching the herd grazing the pasture with the wind moving that gorgeous long hair.

 

A Great link to The Livestock Conservancy web site:   http://www.albc-usa.org/cpl/highland.html