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 Holllow 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
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