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Scott (TN)    Posted 10-07-2002 at 17:51:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
here goes.
Does anyone have any expereince with Highland cattle? Do they do well in the heat and humidity of the south(I am near Memphis, TN)? Just how much work would I be getting into, etc? For the research that I have been able to do on the web, they are supposed to be very good eating, is this true?
I see photos of some in the gallery. My wife and HER boy(not to worry, he was my boy last week) and I were going to attempt to raise some. Now I do not have any thoughts that this will be a money making endevor but really do not care. Think it will be a good experience for the boy, my oldest daughter and grandchild (they will be living here soon).
I have access to some land across the road(20 acres). A very pleasnt retired farmer lives there and he is will to rent me some of his property. He was raising cattle on it but quit.

Thanks for your thoughts

screaminghollow    Posted 10-07-2002 at 22:44:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I personally think Highlands are a fine looking breed, and they make for good beef. BUT, when I've looked into buying some they're darn expensive. I can buy other breeds cheap compared to Highlands. The market may be reaching the point that the price will be coming down, but around here it isn't there yet. I've had mostly dairy breeds, but a few white face and angus. If you ready to spring for the Highlands I envy you. If your new to cattle, I'd contact a nearby dairy farmer about getting one or two bull calves. Make part of the deal that they will be on the mother for the first week. Then bottle feed them and raise em up. It takes about 18 months to get them up to size for butchering. I made friends with a farmer who sells me jersey bull calves for $30.00 They don't get very big maybe 800 lbs, but they taste ok. I figure the cost of getting them up to size is about $150.00. it cost $175 to butcher and I get about 350 lbs of meat(no bones) With bones in the steaks etc maybe 400lbs. The butcher shop buys the hearts, tongues and livers from me which is about ten bucks back.

A word of warning. If you raise some together, don't ever sell or haul off all but one. I did that. raised three and hauled two off to the butcher shop. The remaining bull missed his herd buddies real bad. He busted through the fence in about twelve places in the first three hours. It was late December and I was out patching fences at 10:00 pm in 15 mph winds and twenty degree temps. Definitely learned the cold hard way.

Gimpleg Fagon    Posted 10-07-2002 at 21:45:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now Scott, one of the things you need to get clear on right fast is not to be afraid to ask questions here!! Why, right here on this site there's got to be 10,000 years of experience on about any old subject there is. Yup, around here we've handled some really hard questions, too. So just ask away and you'll be OK!

ger    Posted 10-07-2002 at 21:53:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
we could solve the worlds problems if somebody would just ask

A Man    Posted 10-07-2002 at 18:09:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
An old cowboy once told me buy cattle in east part of county and move them west never buy cattle west and move east it will not work to many paristes and ticks and you will have a big mess on you hands and check local stocking rate only 20 acres that would be one or two head just my two cents let me know how it go and if you buy talk to a vet about what of prevention program to set up so cut down lose good luck

Clem    Posted 10-07-2002 at 21:33:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yup, I've heard that, too, but I've had good luck buying cattle in west Kansas, west Nebraska and east Colorado and moving them to northeast Oklahoma. Main difference is they are pretty skinny because of the drought conditions out there.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 10-07-2002 at 18:04:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Fear Nay Scoot! Ald Mark's wee Lass has a few O thay highland COOOS and can fill yee in ibout thay.
BY th noow Rab.

Sid    Posted 10-07-2002 at 20:46:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A cattleman went to Scotland to buy some csttle. During his visits to different farms he noticed a small breed of cattle that stood only about three foot tall. He went to look closer at them and noticed that the bulls were staggering around and could not walk straight and acted as if they might be drunk. After watching them a few minutes he mentioned it to the farmer. The farmer replied do not worry "wee bulls wobble but they don't fall down."

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