The first time I saw a picture of a Highland Cow, I couldn't believe it was real! How could a cow be so cute? I would go to Google, tap on images, search Highland Cow and just scroll through picture after picture. It was definitely love at first sight. As I learned more about them, I realized there was a lot more to them than looks! Their shaggy coats, originally adapted to the cold highlands of Scotland, make them the perfect cow for Montana's somewhat harsh climate. Highlands are one of the oldest cattle breeds; they were only recently taken off the watch list for becoming endangered. I love a good comeback and am thrilled to be able to help this ancient heritage breed thrive in the highlands of the North Western United States. There are rumors that Highlands are browsers, somewhat like goats, and you don't need good pastures for them. This is absolutely not true. Like all other farm animals, they need good pasture, quality hay, and 24/7 access to clean water and good minerals. Without these things, they'll begin to face a myriad of health issues, including damage to their beautiful horns and coat. Highland cows are a hearty breed, with longevity beyond other breeds. They are excellent mothers, and rarely have problems calving. And they're super cute while also being totally majestic. Our cows will eat out of our hands, but I would never call them a pet. They are animals to be respected and cared for with integrity and knowledge. And we're learning to do that better every day.