Adam (33) and Emily (32) Hopson A young couple from a small town near Ashville, NC live on and manage their family farm.
Three years ago they brought Highland Cattle to their farm, and the newlyweds had no idea that they would grow to have a special love for these cows.
A few years back, Adam was out of work. The couple was scared and fearful of losing the farm. They prayed daily as Adam searched for work and decided the best way to save the farm was to start to raise Highland Cattle.
They had a heard transported to their farm, and their work began. The funny thing about this idea is that Adam has a fear of cows, but he didn’t let this stop him. On the day of the delivery, he became the farmer he needed to be.
Over the years, the cattle have multiplied and now take over the entire field. Emily was tending to the cows one day when she noticed a baby calf that wasn’t theirs but was alone in the field.
And that’s when she met James.
James is a 4-month-old calf that was neglected by his mother. Emily stated his mothers nipples were enlarged and long, and James could not nurse them. She decided to take him inside, to nurse him to health.
“After hours of observing and trying to help him nurse to no avail, we finally brought him inside,” Emily shared.
It only took about a month for James to adapt to living indoors. He started to get used to taking a bottle. He seemed to be doing good and was an active little guy.
Emily did notice that his naval was abnormal, but it did not seem to be life-threatening. She decided to take baby James to the doctor just in case.
It’s a good thing she did because the doctor discovered that James had a severe infection and his naval was not closed off. He recommended that James be put down so he wouldn’t have to suffer and die a slow death.
This was hard for them because their attachment grew quickly for the calf, but Adam and Emily couldn’t let that happen.
They had already been through so much, and the calf had fought so hard, they would do anything to save him and that’s what they did. They took very good care of him and nursed him back to health.
Once he got too big they placed him in a fenced in area in the backyard, where they keep the chickens. James would try to get attention from the other baby calves, that were raised by their mother, but they knew he was not normal, and wanted nothing to do with him.
“They would either bully him or ignore him. So we bought two more orphan babies to keep him company,” Emily said. “Since they are orphans they are the perfect buddies for James.”
But soon enough James and his new buddies even grew too big for the fenced in area in the backyard, and have made it to greener pastures.
Emily shared, “We have moved them into a larger pasture with other cows but they all three hang out in their own little group and now the other calves think they are the cool crowd and want to join and hang out with them.”
The Hopson family have taken pictures of James since the day they brought him inside.
They started sharing his photos on their business Instagram page, just for fun and James’s pictures went viral. Strangers from all over started messaging and commenting on the pictures of how cute James is, and some were even interested in buying him.
Although he is not for sale, Adam and Emily began to post pictures of the other Highland Cattle that were raised in the field.
The messages came flying in, with requests to buy the cows, basically for lawn-mowers.
The couple has sold over half of their herd, but not James. James is now the family pet.
How awesome would it be to have a Highland cow as a pet?
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