Couple’s Highland Fling

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Despite working full-time jobs, Collinsvale farmers Kirby Jones and Jason Dare still find the time to care for their herd of highland cows that will be a main feature of the returning Collinsvale Market next month.

Kirby and Jason run Heilan Coos Homestead with some help from their children, maintaining their herd for shows, milking, grooming and event appearances where the public has the chance to pet and brush the fluffy cows.

“We initially bought a couple cows as pets simply because we liked the look of them but soon after we had a lot of appearance inquiries,” Ms Jones said.

“We recently attended derby day at Elwick Racecourse and we will be at the Tasmania JackJumpers family fun day and a Special Children’s Christmas Party.

“Currently, the cows are on my parents’ property but we are in the process of finding our own land so we can offer farm tours.”

Heilan Coos will play a key role in bringing the Collinsvale community together this summer, as they plan to host the local Christmas carols and participate in the Collinsvale Market which is returning on Sunday 24 September after a two-year hiatus.

“Local events are about bringing the community closer together, and we are honoured to be a part of it,” Mr Dare said.

“This is still just a hobby for us, but it’s one that takes up a lot of our time, so to utilise it in a way that benefits the community is important.

“The best experience I had with the cows was at the Kempton Festival when a boy with autism overcame his fear of animals and fell in love with the Highlands. To provide that experience for someone was very special.”

Kirby and Jason are working hard to expand their business, discovering new directions they can take with their cows so that one day it can become their full-time jobs.

“If I could wake up every morning and play with my cows that would be ideal,” Mr Dare said.

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