The Highlanders are being fed barley straw, which was baled earlier in the year after the grain had been harvested for Bruichladdich Distillery. It is loaded onto the feed trailers using a telehandler.
The bale then has to be broken open and is soaked with molasses. The Highlanders are happy with the low nutrient content of the barley straw, it provides the bulk to fill their stomachs, and the molasses adds the sweetness while also having a high calorific value.
The feed trailer is then towed up to the hill by James in h is shiny new Massey Ferguson.
The Highlanders come swiftly when called.
They really do look magnificent in the snow, and give the impression of positively enjoying the cold weather, snug inside their thick coats.