little house and farm
Anthony & Michelle LeTourneau
37556 Kildeer Ln
Hinckley, MN 55037
We love having Highland cattle for a lot of reasons...
Here are just a few:
Highlands are able to thrive the rigours of extreme climatic conditions, this is great because we live in northern Minnesota.
Highland cattle will prosper and perform well on grazing where less hardy breeds will fail.
The Highlands proven ability to produce top quality meat without the addition of expensive high quality feeds makes this breed the perfect choice for those people who wish to produce beef with natural inputs. We were looking to raise sustainable meat, so this was a huge point.
Their horns provide predator protection. Their long bangs (dossan) protect the eyes and face, shorter legs mean fewer foot and leg problems.
Highland cattle are exceptional mothers:
The natural free-ranging ability of Highlands coupled with unassisted calvings in all conditions as well as a rich milk high in butter fat (10%) make the Highland cow an ideal mother.
Highland cattle are truly easy unassisted calvers, birth weights average 50-75 pounds. The calves moderate bone structure and slim conformation along with the cow's wide pelvic reduce calving problems such as caesarean and prolapse.
Highland milk is high in butterfat, producing vigorous calves with acceptable natural weight gains. Cow's have superior udder quality and small teats.
Highland beef is able to command a premium over other breeds due to its all-round healthy eating appeal. Now it is slow-maturing, which makes it a premium beef which is lean, well marbled with low fat and cholesterol levels whilst remaining rich in protein and flavour, criteria increasingly demanded by today's market.