We are Hans and Sheril Peterson, and have a small farm where we raise Irish Dexter and Miniature Scottish Highland cattle. Sheril is a middle school math teacher, and Hans has a business manufacturing custom windows for high end residential and commercial high rise buildings.
Nearly 15 years ago we started our fold of Highland cattle as a hobby, when we saw two red Highland cows for sale at a farm where we purchased our Dexter bull. Hans fell in love with the look of the Highland breed. We both, however, liked the diminutive size of the Dexter breed, and with young children they were an obvious choice and the main focus of our growing herd. Our Dexter bull was waist high, as he was a carrier of chondrodysplasia, which is the dwarf gene in Dexters. We really liked the diminutive size of the Dexter breed. Soon thereafter, we quickly expanded the size of our Dexter herd, but at the same time added more Highlands to our fold, including all of the colors except for silver. We had three main criteria in our selection of our foundation Highlands:
1)They had to have an exceptional hair coat, short muzzle and wide round face.
2)Good overall conformation, legs, feet, and sound udder.
3)A good temperament that would allow us to handle them easily.
Our goal was to downsize the Highlands to approximately the Dexter size.