Darry Stacy and Mark Braley
Darry and I have been raising cattle for most of our lives. We started out on the laps of our grandfathers in a beat up truck and have continued through generations to raise the animals we love. Initially we raised commercial beef cattle like our families have always done. With our introduction to the Scottish Highland breed Stacy Farms and Braley Farms created a new division, Caledonia Highlands, and we have decided to focus our efforts on producing the healthiest, tastiest beef that we can. Our beef is sold on the hoof or we can arrange for our specialty butcher to prepare cuts just for your family.
DUE TO INDIVIDUAL DEMAND AND CONTRACTS WITH LOCAL FINER RESTAURANTS WE CURRENTLY DO NOT HAVE ANY CATTLE AVAILABLE. PLEASE CALL US TO BE PLACED ON THE LIST FOR DELIVERY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.
The Highland breed has lived for centuries in the rugged remote Scottish Highlands. The extremely harsh conditions created a process of natural selection, where only the fittest and most adaptable animals survived to carry on the breed. They calve easily, and feed on browse as well as grass.
All Caledonia beef cattle are grass fed and grass finished. Highland beef is meat that is lean, well marbled and flavorful, with little outside waste fat. They are the beef animal of choice to the British Royal Family. We have both registered and unregistered purebred Scottish Highland Cattle.
Don't take our word for it. This is an excerpt from the Mayo Clinic."Often, conventional beef cattle eat a diet that includes grains, such as corn, at some point. When compared with other types of beef, grass-fed beef may have some heart-health benefits. Grass-fed beef may have:
Lean beef that's 10 percent fat or less — whether it's grass-fed beef or another type of beef — can be part of a heart-healthy diet."
These animals handle easily and make great show prospects for young FFA or County Fair participants. The responsibility of taking care of an animal and getting recognition for your hard work is a lesson that will benefit our youth for the rest of their lives.
Barbara is by far the sweetest cow we have. She loves people and adores the fact that they bring her snacks. If you aren't careful, Barbara will sneak up on you and try to nibble your clothes.
Ferdinand is a young bull. He likes to play with the other cattle and ironically, he does enjoy relaxing underneath trees.
Brenda is shy, but she will make friends with you if you have food. She is a great mother.
Hannah is a peach who gets a shade cranky when she is pregnant. Who doesn't? She is a good mama cow and will protect all of the calves, not just her own. Those horns are not for looks on these cows, and many a dog and coyote have discovered that the hard way.
Sir William Wallace is our registered replacement bull after Ferdinand is maxed out. He is quite furry and loves to be brushed while being fed. I believe Darry may have spoiled this one.
She and Ol' Red Tips rule the roost. Any bovine, critter, or cowboy that forgets who is in charge will soon be reminded with a nudge with those spears.
As with Big Mama this one is pretty sure she is in charge and makes a great mama.
OK, we have started running out of names. Sis 1 is a solid mama cow out of Missouri.
Sis 2 is a 6 year old like her sister and is just hitting her calving prime.
Wait a minute, this one looks different. You are correct. Jeanie is a Guernsey that we keep in the event we need a nurse cow. She produces a ridiculous amount of milk and is more than happy to let anyone nurse to reduce the pressure.
Have we mentioned the demeanor on these wild beasts? We do spoil them, but with that headgear I want them to like me.
I recommend using your hands to feed them. My youngest argues that slobbery cow kisses are the best.