Highland cows - Page 2

       The Horse Forum > Life Beyond Horses > Other Pets

Highland cows

This is a discussion on Highland cows within the Other Pets forums, part of the Life Beyond Horses category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    10-26-2008, 09:02 AM
I want one!
Sponsored Links
    10-26-2008, 03:41 PM
Me too.
    10-26-2008, 05:07 PM
Hey I am lucky enough to keep my lad on a working farm and my sister is a herds woman with dairy cows. Highlands are common here, these live at the end of the drive way.

    10-27-2008, 06:03 AM
Do a lot of people like having them?
well I know I love having them! I know quite a few people who breed them. They arent such a common breed in australia....more people tend to look to herefords and other breeds. They have really tender meat and their rump steak tends to be better than other breeds (at least from my experience)

Are they good mothers?
i find that my cows are very motherly without being overly protective. Something that i've found is that they entrust the protection of their calves with the other mothers while they go off and graze (have 'me' time) then swap over. In the time that i've had highlands not one mother has abandoned their calves or left them behind without protection.

Are they easy keepers?
mine are living almost independently out in the paddock and are grass fed for a vast percentage of the year. When the grass is dry/non existent or has limited nutrients they are fed meadow hay (self grown which saves a bit of money). If you want them to be friendly you will have to interact with them on a daily basis.

What about bulls are they "easy" to maintain, I would think they would be like any other bull right?
they are a lot like other bulls. They are generally good keepers and look after their herd well. Most other bulls will be tolerated but bullied when they get too close or try to 'fiddle' around with the female side of the herd (my bulls is a big softie so that might just be because of his temperant). If left in the paddock they will do their 'business' during 'fiddling' season and do not have to be induced or teased into mating like some stallions

Heres a forum dedicated to the breed where you can ask people about highlands who have a whole lot more experience than I do lol (most people on there are studs and full time breeders/showing people)

Highland Cattle Society Forum
    10-27-2008, 03:05 PM
Sorry probably worded that wrong ,they are the native breeds of the isles ,so a lot of people keep them ditto ,what was said ,we tend to keep them for over 30 months as they are tough (as in hardy)and eat the rubbisher grass and the reeds ,they do well here ,
    10-27-2008, 03:30 PM
Green Broke
We used to have a couple of mini highland cows... suzy and scotty

They were too cute! Love their little pink noses
    10-27-2008, 04:15 PM
Thanks guys! Helped a lot!... Yah I always thought I would name a cow big bertha.
    10-28-2008, 01:32 AM
You are not crazy

I always for 9 years wanted one of these cows. When I was in high school, I wanted to show one in the FFA. But my FFA teacher told me that they could not live in the south. I live in Mississippi. And well I listened to him, then about 8 years ago I found out that they have them in warm places. But mark my words I will own one, one day. They are so cute. We went to the state fair this year, and they had two young ones in a petting zoo. I did not want to leave them. They only stand about 4 ft tall. I wonder if they can bred with other cattle? Or cause their size they will have problems with having a big baby.
    10-28-2008, 02:20 PM
Green Broke
^^^ we had them in Georgia!
    10-30-2008, 09:44 AM
Cross breeds are fine. I have a few herefords, murray greys and a friesian running with thw rest of the herd and all babies turn out fine...ish (hereford/highlands are gorgeous!)

Hereford + highland = extremely shaggy/fluffy and patchy calf.
Murray grey + highland = semi shaggy and horribly ugly looking calf
Friesian + highland = semi shaggy and patchy, ok looking calf
Dog Forums

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My horse is afraid of Cows :-) Painteddreamfarm Horse Talk 8 09-24-2008 12:25 PM
...Stupid Morning, Stupid Cows, Stupid Stupid... BluMagic Horse Health 9 01-07-2008 01:44 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:25 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0