The Highway H Highland Ranch Dream
Billy and Kathy Bolch came to Laclede County more than 10 years ago in search of a more natural and sustainable lifestyle. They decided this area would be ideal for raising the hardy Scottish Highland cattle. The Bolch’s have enjoyed every minute of this process as their fold (herd) and business have grown.
About Scottish Highland Cattle
The Scottish Highland is the oldest registered breed of cattle. Although groups of cattle are generally called herds, a group of Highlands is known as a fold. Their horns designate the fold hierarchy, with length determining the “boss.” Because they are slower to mature than some of the other cattle breeds, their meat generally has a finer texture and richer flavor. Their meat is low fat in part because of their protective coat, which allows them to stay warm without a layer of fat.
The Highlands are known as a hardy breed due to the rugged nature of their native Scottish Highlands, with high rainfall and very strong winds. Their hair gives protection during the cold winters and their skill in looking for food allows them to survive in steep mountain areas. They both graze and browse and eat plants which many other cattle avoid.
Highlands have a long history of living with humans, and the Early Scotts actually kept them downstairs in their homes for both heat and to protect the family’s wealth from robbers. As such they tend to be calm and docile and don’t stress easily.
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