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About - Gray Owl Farms


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Gray Owl Farms is located 5 miles Northeast of Rush City, in East central Minnesota.  Sitting within the St. Croix River valley on mostly wooded-rocky ground; our original family property functioned as a gravel mining operation for nearly 100 years.  After several land acquisitions within the last 2 decades, the property is now comprised of 614 acres.  Part of the  property has served a commercial business since 1995, a cattle operation was made possible with the purchase of an adjacent discontinued farm parcel in 2004.

The farm was named after the Great Gray Owl migration that occurred during the winter of 2004 – 2005 when thousands of the majestic owls moved into Minnesota from Canada in search of food.  Many of the owls stayed on our property for the winter feeding on meadow voles and mice in the abandon pastures.

The pastures on the farm are no longer abandoned.  Machinery and Scottish Highland Cattle have been revitalizing the property’s original pastures.  Since the first delivery of 5 Highland cows in December of 2005, we have grown the herd to over 60 Highland Cattle of various ages and colors.  This herd growth was made possible with additional breeding stock purchased in subsequent years from Schön Boden Farms, Wadsworth Farms, Dundonald Farm, Glen Haven Farm, Trafalgar Square Farm, and Drover Hill Farm.  The genetics of these exceptional animals have helped us develop a foundation herd of registered Highlands producing quality offspring for the show ring, grassfed beef production and breeding stock.

Gray Owl Farms is an all-natural, grass-fed, grass-finished, cow-calf operation specializing in high quality, purebred Scottish Highland Cattle for show, brood stock and beef production.  Our cattle excel on “grass” in open pastures during the growing season and on hay in the winter.  To ensure we have high quality hay we grow all of our own hay for winter feeding.  Whether it’s native forages or cultivars such as planted grasses and legumes, our grassfed beef cattle gain and finish naturally without hormones, antibiotics or grain.

We currently have two herd sires with champion backgrounds:  GH Mr. Chips and GH Mr. Roberts, who’s sires are Trafalgar Nathan and GH Magnum Force respectively.  The heritability of performance traits from these champions are recognized throughout the progeny of our herd.  From their calf prospects we produce cattle with great dispositions by halter breaking all calves and managing the herd with a lot of hands-on care in a low stress environment.


We always have quality registered Highland Cattle of all ages for sale who love guests.  Please call to schedule a visit.