In the early spring of 2011, Carver Ranch added a small herd of Highland cattle to the farm, consisting of 4 heifers and one bull. Highland cattle or kyloe are a Scottish breed of cattle with long horns and long wavy coats, with the traditional colors considered to be red, black, yellow, dun, white, brindle or silver. These cattle both graze and browse, eating plants which most other cattle avoid. They have a double hair coat: long, coarse outer layer and soft wooly inner layer. Due to this double hair coat, the breed does not need a heavy layer of fat for insulation. This allows the animal to marble naturally on low input forage while producing lean, low fat, high quality cuts of beef. The beef produced by pure-bred Highland cattle is exceptionally tender and flavorful.
Highland cows average 900-1200 pounds when mature and bulls will average from 1200-1800 pounds depending on forage conditions. A study by the Scottish Agricultural College determined that Highland beef is lower in fat and cholesterol and higher in protein and iron than other beef breeds.