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Cattle from the Highlands

By Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief

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A few head of Scottish Highland cattle arrived at the farm recently. They are easily the most docile cattle I have ever been around. Kate wants to blog about our new Highlands in more detail, but I just couldn’t wait.

Highland Cattle at the Will place

When Kate asked me what I wanted for my birthday, at first I couldn’t come up with anything. We have this tradition of trying to do something for each other’s special day, so it just wouldn’t fly that I really couldn’t think of anything. After a few minutes of musing, Kate said that some Highland cattle would make a nice present. I totally agreed.

As it turns out there are a number of successful Highland herds in Kansas. One of them, OZ Highland Farm, is a mere 20 miles away from our place. Early this month, Kate and I spent a few hours with John and Debbie Jenkins out at OZ Farm looking over their lovely stock and sampling the best grass-finished beef I have ever tasted. Long story short, my friend and partner in livestock crime, Bryan Welch, showed up with his truck and trailer last Saturday and we brought two bred cows, two young open heifers and a young bull home to Osage County.

Boss Dun Highland Cow

I am pretty sure that Kate will tell you all about the names she has bestowed upon the beasts. I still refer to them by ear tag number. After spending so many years with slick black cattle, I find the hairy, multi-colored Highlands to be pure joy. In the photos, which Kate took and shared for this blog, you will see a white heifer, red bull and cow and dun heifer and cow. The dun is kind of a beige/gray color; I really like it.

Hank Will raises hair sheep, heritage cattle and many varieties of open-pollinated corn with his wife, Karen, on their rural Osage County, Kansas farm. His home life is a perfect complement to his professional life as editor in chief at GRIT and Capper's Farmer magazines. Connect with him on .