- Associated Press - Friday, January 1, 2016

FEDORA, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota couple who run a farm east of the town of Fedora specialize in Scottish Highland cattle, a shaggy, long-horned breed, and their herd has become a roadside attraction.

Lynette Forth and Gary Moschell of Moschell Farms tend to about 100 Highland cattle, the Tri-State Neighbor reported (https://bit.ly/1kudhik ). People often stop to take pictures of the animals and talk to the bull nicknamed “Loverboy.”

Some of the Highlands are sold as pets, but the animals built for cold conditions also are sought for their heartiness, longevity and quality meat.

The couple obtained their first Highlands in 2007. They went to a sale thinking they would buy a baby calf as a pet. All the calves were sold, but they came home with 19 cows and a bull.

Moschell grew up around cattle, but it had been a long time since the couple had livestock on their property, which sits on Highway 34 between Howard and Fedora.

Forth is from Illinois. She said she always has had a way with animals, and her interest in the Scottish-heritage breed came from her days of studying British history and dressing up in 1700s period clothing.

Each Christmas, Forth shares her cattle with her family back in Illinois by creating a calendar. It stars her Highlands in South Dakota scenes each month.

“I’m really crazy about the breed,” Forth said.

Moschell Farms calves in March. Highlands are known for easy calving, which makes them a good option for cross-breeding. They’re a shorter, stocky breed. Cross steers finish at 17 to 18 months at an average weight of 1,100 to 1,200 pounds.

Highland cattle can be hard-headed, and a person has to be patient in working with them, Forth said.

“They treat you like you treat them,” she said.

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