After relocating to Victoria from Queensland in 2013, the search was on for a breed of cattle suitable for the small acreage farm. While predominantly looking for a breed of beef cattle, a conversation from 10 years earlier with her step father prompted a search for Highland cattle. After visiting and meeting some of the coos, it was quickly apparent that the new lifestyle would include some of the wee hairy beasts.

While there had been some experience of growing up with cattle and horses on a hobby farm in Central Queensland, the new cattle venture fell solely on Erica’s shoulders with some steep learning to be had.

A trip to the 2013 Australian Highland Cattle Society Inc National Show was where Erica would discover a new passion with the cattle – showing. Since exhibiting at her first cattle show in 2014 at the Royal Melbourne Show, Erica is a regular exhibitor at both the Royal Adelaide and Royal Canberra shows, the AHCS National and SA and Victorian state shows.

Erica also loves to share her passion with as many people as possible, often having displays at the Melbourne Highland Games and Celtic festival and other small events around Victoria.

After stumbling across Multicubes a number of years ago, Erica is a staunch believer in the many benefits cubes offer to her cattle. The convenience of carting bags of quality feed rather than large bales, combined with less wastage means cubes are always packed in the show box.

The coos are crazy for the cubes so at events people will often have the chance to hand feed.

“I love the cubes,” Erica said. “I am more than happy for people to hand feed cubes because I know there is no risk to the animal from a natural product.”

Erica’s favourite Multicube product is the Lucerne and Oaten cubes, as it’s soft enough to crush easily for the youngest of coos, yet meets the nutritional needs of the oldest coos.