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    10-26-2008, 08:02 AM
I want one!
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    10-26-2008, 02:41 PM
Me too.
    10-26-2008, 04:07 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, 05:03 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)

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    10-27-2008, 02:05 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, 02:30 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, 03:15 PM
Thanks guys! Helped a lot!... Yah I always thought I would name a cow big bertha.
    10-28-2008, 12:32 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, 01:20 PM
Green Broke
^^^ we had them in Georgia!
    10-30-2008, 08:44 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
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