These highlands are good foragers in unmanaged or wooded pastures but their diet makes their beef more gamey if you butchered one coming off a wooded or a weedy pasture. If I want replacements, I would cross them to a red Angus or a Hereford to get a good commercial momma cow.HanknCali":aass3bbu said:This heifer calf was born Sept 1. We have two Highland cows that eat everything almost like a goat. That's why we keep em around to keep the vegetation down and they seem to be good protection for the other angus cows with the horns they have. Have not had a problem with coyotes with them around. The calf we get from them is kinda an added bonus. The slow growth rate is what kills my enthusiasm for the breed. They are gentle and good browsers so that's what's keeping them around,,, at least for now.
Some bloodlines do slicked off during summers.farmerjan":nptryyen said:Highlands as well as galloways have a double hair coat so have less external fat. Yet lots of people on here have had belteds in Texas so I was wondering if the heat caused them to shed more? Friends had several Highlands in Conn. and said they had great dispositions and yes, they were great at browsing. Supposed to be the favorite beef of the royal family in England .