Meet the Highland Cows

I’ve been saying for a while that I wanted to have a brief bio on each of the cows. After all, the bulls have their pictures all over the webpage, and the cows are just taken for granted. Cows are people too!

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Highland cow Nadia at Elm Hollow Farm

Meet the Highland Coos of Elm Hollow Farm

LiTerra Nadia, AHCA #55217

Meet LiTerra Nadia who serves as lead cow here at Elm Hollow Farm. The other coos follow her when we move to a new pasture. She can be a clown sometimes.

Taking the lead is an important role, but Nadia also needs to know that she has to do as we say. We’re almost to that place now.

Nadia presented us with our very first set of twin heifers at Elm Hollow. Although she is a great mother to a single calf, she was not impressed with having two. We were able to locate a surrogate for one of the little heifers. .. and that story is in Newsletter #11.

Large red Highland cow
Highland cow LiTerra Nadia peeking out
Nancy Geller brushing out a Highland cow
Highland cow with twin heifer calves

Big Ridge Abigail, AHCA #57492

Big Ridge Abigail is an easy-going girl who loves attention and dotes on her babies like they are the most precious things in the world.

Here she is with Elm Hollow’s Hattie her 2019 heifer calf and little Elm Hollow’s Jolene, her sweet little heifer from 2020.

Stocky yellow Highland cow standing near hay profile view
Black Highland Calf named Hattie nursing from mother cow
Highland cow mother cleaning off newborn calf named Jolene

Literra Adalida, AHCA #55421

Adalida became our first impact dam with the birth of Elm Hollow’s Jetta in 2020. I can’t praise this cow enough for the beautiful calves she has produced.

Her first daughter, EH Gracie still calls Elm Hollow home and Adalida has given us EH Adelida’s Hope as another “keeper.”

Newborn Highland calf with mother at Elm Hollow Farm on green grass
Yellow Highland cow-named-Adelida-in-tall-grass-profile-view

Big Ridge Callie, AHCA #54244

Callie is our trumpeter. She never fails to have a calf that loves to run and socialize with the other caves. It drives this good mama crazy and she has developed quite a loud call for those mischievous babies.

I think you can see the surprise in her eyes when this little tyke showed up only 10 ½ months after the one from the year before!

Red Highland cow standing up on a ridge
Red Highland cow named Callie with her young calf at her side

WKA Annie Get Your Gun, AHCA #56824

Annie has been a delight since she arrived here as a young heifer. She was so proud of her first calf, WB Hickock!

Annie’s maternal skills are impeccable and she allows us to take care of her babies as needed without a fuss. Here she is with Justice, her 2020 calf.

Highland calf Justice taking milk on the day he was born.
Closeup of face of Highland cow named Anne with a big smile on her face

LiTerra Avon, AHCA #58147

Avon Joined us in October of 2018 as a 7-month-old calf and will be having her first Elm Hollow baby in October of 2021. She looks like a younger version of Nadia!

Profile view of red Highland cow named Avon at Elm Hollow Farm
Highland cow named Avon red with blonde bangs staring straight at camera

Ban Diuc of Legacy, AHCA #56155

One of my favorites! Ban Diuc of Legacy has given us some absolutely beautiful calves. Sold to us as an open heifer, we were delighted when she presented us with a strong, healthy bull calf shortly after her arrival.

She is a wonderful mother and her offspring are stunning. Pictured with her 2020 heifer calf Jaffa, you can see why I love this cow.

Highland cow with young calf drinking from her
Red Highland cow named Ban Diuc with awesome set of horns standing in the road

Meet the Highland Coos – Part II

Big Ridge Dubh Darcy, AHCA #54688

Here is Darcy at 10 months old . . . Quite a looker! And then she is showing off her first born, Heather, who has become a permanent resident at Elm Hollow.  You’ll meet her next.

Darcy was a real learning experience for us here at Elm Hollow Farm. Darcy was the first heifer we’d had to completely refuse to nurse her calf. She was just not having that little thing near her udder! We were determined not to have a bottle baby here, so the work began.

We are fortunate to have a mama cow stall with a headgate just for such emergencies and were able to constrain Darcy, tie her foot (so she couldn’t kick baby) and get that sweet little heifer calf to nurse. Darcy, though, was stubborn and determined not to allow such behavior on her own, so for almost a month, we went through this battle three times a day.

One day, I was very late getting down to help Heather get her supper, and there they were: Darcy with her head stuck through the open headgate and Heather nursing away. I do believe this clever cow had figured out that because we used grain to lure her into the headgate, she would get fed 3 meals a day if she continued with her charade!

With her second beautiful calf, Darcy took motherhood in stride and she is now a dependable girl who produces beautiful calves. And she looks just like her daddy!

Very stout Highland calf with black fur named Big Ridge Dubh Darcy
Highland cow and her young calf both with black fur standing in field with farm road in distance
Highland bull and mature cow stand side by side

Elm Hollow’s Heather, AHCA #59800

As promised, it is time to meet Heather who almost became a bottle calf, but not quite. Heather became quite tame with all the handling and learned to love her hoomans who made sure her coo mama took care of her.

She believes that any two-legged creature in the pasture is there to pet her, brush her, give her treats and take pictures of her. She has become the greeter here at Elm Hollow and she’s never met a stranger. Heather is truly the doll of Elm Hollow and she wants to keep it that way!

Heather loves to play dress up. As she matures she is beginning to look more like her mama every day.

Side view of young Highland heifer calf in late afternoon winter light
Profile view of well-structured Highland heifer calf at about six months old
Black Highland heifer calf wearing a pretty beaded necklace

Windemere Dare, AHCA #55236

When Dare arrived from her home in Wisconsin, it was love at first sight! She was easy going and loved to be brushed.

She would even “hug” you with her neck and head if you stood close. She still tries to do that sometimes, but her horns are too big for that to be comfortable now.

A little full of herself as a teenager, Dare jumped the fence to have a fling with one of the boys at a younger age that we would have planned, but she assured us she knew what she was doing and indeed she did.

She has grown into a beautiful gentle cow that produces wonderful calves for us every year. Because we were totally unaware of her sneaking out with her boyfriend, Dare surprised us with a beautiful, healthy heifer that was all dry and up nursing before we had time to worry!

White Highland cow wearng a halter and holding a show pose
White Highland cow lying down nuzzling her newborn silver calf

Pae’s Quince’s Fozzie Girl, AHCA #59011

Fozzie is a silly girl. One day she wants attention, and the next she acts like I’m a two headed monster. As with most Highlands, grain is a wonderful bribe and I really expect her to be much more settled after the birth of her first calf this winter.

Fozzie came to TN from PA and I think she likes it here. She hangs around with her half sister Raisinette who shares a sire and a famous grandsire, Shat Acres Cinnamon Bear. I hope Fozzie grows into her horns soon, right now she just seems a bit overwhelmed with her head ornaments.

Fozzie became a mother for the first time on Oct. 30 of 2021. She did everything right! When the rain started, she even took baby to shelter and covered him with hay so he would be warm and dry.

Red Highland cow in bright sunlight with huge horns
Highland cow "Fozzie Girl" with her cute little newborn calf

GAM Emma Jane, AHCA #58573

Our tiniest cow, little Miss Emma, came to Elm Hollow farm as a yearling heifer. Since we were halter training some other calves, she joined right in to be halter trained.

Imagine my surprise when she showed up to class one morning with a tiny calf at her side! This untimely birth has stunted Emma’s growth, but not her spirit.

She is a farm favorite because of her small size. Her calves are popular too since they tend to be smaller than most – under 40 pounds at birth, but hardy and playful.

A petite yet full grown Highland cow dining on fresh green pasture
Red Highland cow "Emma Jane" with her white calf

Meet the Highland Coos – Part III

EH Adelida’s Hope, AHCA #59790

Hope is the one who almost got away! At one point I foolishly thought Elm Hollow had too many cows! (When you stop laughing, I’ll finish the story.) I sold one of my really wonderful cows, LiTerra Adelida, as a bred cow to someone new to the breed.

They decided that horned cows were not for them and I gladly hitched up the trailer and headed out to buy her back. Meantime, Adelida had calved and Hope was the calf at her side. I’d already kept Adelida’s first heifer calf, Gracie, and Hope is another outstanding little heifer! Since she and Heather are such good friends, Hope is sticking around here too.

Highland cow licking a tall grass stem
Highland cow grazing pasture with red fur and long blonde forelocks

LEA Nocturne, AHCA #56653

What a joy to have this beautiful LEA girl! I fell in love as soon as I saw her at the Southeast auction in 2018. I know Pat didn’t really want to give her up, she was a stand in for another LEA girl and I just had to have her. She is one of our friendliest coos and she loves to lick your hand, your arm, your hair, she just thinks everyone is her baby and probably needs a bath.

Nocturn has a habit of calving right out in the open no matter what the weather. With her first, Elm Hollow’s Jerry Lee, we had to take him inside and warm him up a bit. I worried that as a new mama, Nocturn might be hesitant to take him back after he’d been away from her, but that was wasted worry. She was eager to get her little boy to nursing and he grew into a beautiful bull! Her second was born in the snow! Nocturn gladly followed us to a barn when we took baby to shelter and was once again a stellar mother.

A black Highland calf in the show ring at auction
A mature black Highland cow with magnificent horns pausing to pose on a beatiful summer day

Pae’s Ashas Raisinette, AHCA #59009

Raisinette has really made a great adjustment to Elm Hollow Farm. She seems to have suddenly realized that the comb feels really good and she is now one of those coos that will push others out of the way to get to mama and her grooming comb.

Raisinette is due to have her very first calf sometime in early November 2021 and she is in great condition for the big event. Hoping that Fozzie will show her how to care for a baby.

Profile view of pregnant Highland cow with excellent conformation

PHF Chocolate Pudding, AHCA #58165

I can’t possibly say enough good things about Puddin’. This is one of those cows that since she was a little calf at mama’s side, everyone who came to Elm Hollow Farm has fallen in love with and wanted to take her home. Puddin’ will never leave Elm Hollow as long as I am here.

She is the sweetest, most cooperative cow I’ve ever met. She is one of those girls that will do what ever it takes to please her hoomans. This girl knows where the hay and grain comes from and she wants to be first in line. Her mama was the same way. The only two cows I could walk up to in the pasture and clean their eyes, do pour on or wash their dirty ears with no complaint.

And she is a beautiful girl! Puddin’ was an excellent first time mama when her little boy, Kelly, was born on 11/15/21.

Friendly Highland cow black fur with blond highlights
Highland cow with her fuzzy newborn calf

JHN Denali, AHCA #48293

Denali is a veteran cow who gave us a beautiful heifer calf shortly after she arrived at Elm Hollow Farm. You’ll meet Jonquil next because she is a keeper!

Denali has been a sweetheart since the day she stepped off the trailer. Her maturity makes her move a little slower than some of the younger girls, but her gentle demeanor makes even her huge set of horns non-threatening. I can’t say enough about how much we love this gorgeous cow.

Stocky light red Highland cow with absolutely huge set of horns

CSF Honeysuckle, AHCA #54184

I’ve learned a valuable lesson . . . do not get a number if you don’t want to get a cow at a Highland auction. When Honeysuckle strutted into the ring, my hand just kept raising when the auctioneer looked my way.

Suddenly I realized I owned a beautiful cow, but since we’d flown to the stock show, I had to find a way to get her home. Highland breeders are the best. A local breeder agreed to take Honey to her farm until I could arrange transportation from Colorado to Tennessee.

I love this girl with the captivating eyes. She has given us some beautiful calves and always allows us to check them over carefully when they are born. Her last calf, Kickoff was outstanding!

Large Highland cow named Honeysuckle in the auction pen
Beautiful black Highland bull calf with lots of light brown highlights walking on a halter

Elm Hollow’s Jonquil, AHCA #60254

Jonquil was born on the day that our first Jonquil’s began blooming in the spring of 2020. With her calm mother in charge, Jonquil was easy to get to know as a calf and is proving to be just as gentle as mama, Denali, as she matures.

Jonquil will be a big girl and I’m confident that she will be one of those cows that continues to calve into her late teens or early 20s. Looking forward to seeing what she will produce when she meets up with Voodoo Magic in the spring.

Highland heifer about 6 months old standing by roadside
Highland heifer calf about 9 months old standing by a rocky bank

Meet the Highland Coos – Part IV

GealachRuadh of Legacy, AHCA #56153

Talk about a beautiful example of Scottish Highland that you just expect to meet on the road when touring Scotland. I swear I can hear bagpipes when I look at Gala. I dearly love how she poses when I go into the pasture with my camera.

Gala is another of our favorites! (how many does that make?) Here she is just hours after bringing her first calf into the world and caring for him like a pro. What a joy to see a heifer do a perfect job the very first time!

Red Highland cow in tawny winter field seen from a distance
Red Highland cow on side of hilly pasture with newborn calf nursing

Sga’ile of Legacy, AHCA #56156

Siggy is so funny. Remember days of dance beside your car challenges? Siggy was really into that. I’d drive Nellie Belle (our side by side) through the pasture and sing to her and she would dance beside me. You have to love a lively girl like that. As a heifer, she also was our first cow to have a breech baby and we learned together how to reposition a calf and get it safely into the world. Siggy is one of our best mamas.

Young Highland cow walking alongside a truck in the snow
Red Highland cow with a young silver calf at her side

GAM Grace Suk, AHCA #58654
(AKA TuTu)

TuTu came to Elm Hollow with her baby sister Emma and they continue to be close friends in the pasture. You met Emma earlier if you’ve been following “Meet the Coos.”

TuTu and her last calf really pulled a fast one on us! I was unable to get into the pasture when the baby was first born, so relied on others to tell me about it. The report was a little bull. We named him Jupiter. He was a wild little guy and wouldn’t let any of us near him. Finally, when it came time to wean and halter train him, we managed to trap him for tattooing and tagging. That’s when we found out why mama and baby had been laughing at us all winter. That is also why we changed her name to Juniper.

TuTu is a nurturing mom and gives us such nice calves each year. If you look really closely at her picture, you might see how she got her nickname!

Highland cow and calf feeding together with big smiles
Profile view of Highland cow in green close-cropped pasture

Call It A Farm Lavena, AHCA #54184

Here is a picture taken on the day Lavena arrived at Elm Hollow with her friend, Denali, who you met earlier in “Meet the Coos”) Lavena is one of our larger cows, but is also one of the gentlest.

Last year, her bull calf, Elm Hollow’s Jaunty Lad, was so outstanding that he has earned a place in out herd bull lineup! Shown at right with this year’s bull calf, EH Lavena’s Laddie.

Profile view of Highland cow in tall grass standing alongside a pickup truck
Big Highland cow in barn with her just born calf lying in hay

Muirneag 3rd of VH, AHCA #52636

Pronounced “morn’ egg” this was our first dun colored cow and I fell in love with her color. Since that time we have added 4 more beautiful duns to the fold. Muirneag produces some of our most outstanding calves here, not the least of which is our second in command, Big Ridge Fergus (also dun) and Big Ridge Callie who is one of our favorite coos.

She is one of our more protective mama cows when her babies are young, but once they are a couple of months old, she relaxes and allows us to get to know her wee ones. She has learned to trust us and loves to be brushed. She is not too patient about waiting her turn to be pampered now. At the right she is with her heifer calf, Elm Hollow’s Kyawanna.

A Highland cow named Muirneag standing by a round bale feeder
Highland cow named Muideag licking her young calf clean

CGH Angel’s Grace, AHCA #51,328

With no intention of adding any more cows, Angel appeared, and her very gentle disposition and beautiful conformation made her a must have for Elm Hollow Farm.

I can barely wait for her first calf to be born here. The calf she came in with was delightful and I wish we’d had room for another little bull, but alas he has moved on to another Tennessee farm. HTW Kurly Mo was a favorite here too.

Highland cow named Angel's Grace feeding in thick green grass on a sunny day
Silver Highland calf riding in the back seat of pickup truck

Meet the Highland Coos – Part V

Schon Boden’s Isabel , AHCA #56721

Isabel Joined us in April of 2021 as part of an estate sale. She was a bit rough looking when she arrived, but quickly warmed up to us when we started brushing her out.

She is now one of our prettiest girls and loves to meet visitors. Isabel was only here a few weeks when she gave us a beautiful bull calf, Elm Hollow’s Keegan, who quickly became a favorite here.

Very light red Highland cow named Isabel in tall grass with green rolling hills stretching in the distance
Yellow highland cow with her month old bull calf Keegan eating some spread out hay in early spring pasture

Schon Boden’s Nakita, AHCA #56716

If Nakita looks a lot like Isabel to you, it is with good reason. These girls have the same sire and were born just days apart on the same farm, and they have been together since they were calves. Nakita spent some time in the show ring and she loves to be brushed and even likes a good bath now and then.

We are looking forward to having a calf from Nakita since her breeder tells me that her dam is an excellent impact dam. So far though, Nakita has no recorded offspring.

Red Highland cow in profile in a muddy field near a hay roll

LEA Never Enough, AHCA #57377

Never came to Elm Hollow with a beautiful heifer calf, Kinley. Tragically, Kinley developed an infection that, in spite of intensive intervention, took her from us. Never knew we were trying to help and even though she didn’t know us, she allowed us free access to Kinley as we worked to try to save her.

We are all looking forward to meeting her next calf. Never is one of those cows who really want to be brushed, but just can’t quite bring herself to let us touch her yet. She will come around, I’m sure.

Red Highland cow named Never Enough with tawny heifer calf nursing
Red fluffy Highland cow with hair ruffling on a windy day

Keaira of Legacy, AHCA #53960

Keaira moved from New York to Elm Hollow farm in November of 2021. She brought with her an adult daughter, a granddaughter and daughter! Cherry Rose was just ready for halter training!

Keaira was part of beef herd and I didn’t expect her to be hands on, but once she realized I was trustworthy, she has become one of most friendly coos in the pasture.

Black Highland cow Keaira standing on a hillside in profile view
Keaira's calf Cherry Rose in a halter tethered to a cattle panel during training

Keaira2nd of Legacy , AHCA #58750 (AKA Twisty)

Twisty, Keaira’s daughter, had a minor accident with her right horn as a youngster that caused her horn to grow askew but it doesn’t affect her ability to have a beautiful calf! Shamrock is certainly proof of that.

We are on watch to see if she was bred back before she left her former home, but if not, well look forward to her first calf with Big Ridge Fergus.

Highland cow nicknamed Twisty with mis-shaped horn standing near a fence and barn
Red Highland cow with dramatic lighting atop a hill with deep blue sky and scattered big puffy clouds

Seamrag of Legacy, AHCA #62449 (AKA Shamrock)

When Shamrock arrived with her mother, and grandmother we were so delighted! What a beautiful girl she is. I’d made the decision to not keep any heifers this year and had already sold all suitable companion heifers. Sometimes there is just a serendipitous event that makes everything right.

While attending the national Highland show and sale in Denver this year, we met another must have heifer: CSF Cokato was not at the show, but I’d seen a picture of her and was able to talk to her breeder at the show. Transport was so easy to arrange that she almost beat us home!

A Highland heifer calf with red fur and horns just peaking out at about 6 months old

CSF Cokato, AHCA #62577

CSF Cokato was not at the show, but I’d seen this picture of her and was able to talk to her breeder at the show.

Although Cokato was still on her farm in northern Minnesota, transport for another calf from there had already been arranged to West Virginia, so it was easy to arrange for Cokato to ride along. She almost beat us home!

Cokato just naturally has that show pose going on and she loves to be brushed and pampered. As a yearling, Shamrock and Coko have their own separate pasture while the bulls are romancing the older girls.

Photo of a photo of a black Highland heifer calf with unique gold accents
Black Highland heifer named Cokato strikes a show pose alone in the field
Two young Highland heifer calves walk alongside the fenceline by the edge of the woods
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