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Scottish Highland Cattle

Scottish Highland Cattle

pennysassafrasScottish Highland cattle are a specialty breed found in small herds across the midwest United State. These picturesque cattle originated in Scotland, as the name implies, where they have lived for a thousand years in the rugged remote Highlands of northern Scotland. The extremely harsh conditions created a process of natural selection, where only the fittest and most adaptable animals survived to carry on the breed.

Highland Cattle draw a crowd wherever they are found. Despite their long horns and unusual appearance, Scottish Highland Cattle are typically friendly and even-tempered, bulls as well as cows. They are easily halter trained, and make great farm projects for children and teenagers. Although both male and female Highlands have horns, they tend to be thought of more as pets than livestock by most people who come in contact with them.

With the ability to thrive in less than ideal circumstances, outstanding mothering instincts, longevity, and very low calf mortality, Scottish Highland cattle are the type of beef animal in demand by today’s health conscious food buyer. Highlands are an old breed that has found a place in modern American agriculture.

Today’s beef buyer demands lean, premium meat. The Highland steer is ideally suited to meet this challenge. Highland beef is lean, well marbled and flavorful with little fat. Highlands are insulated by their long water-proof double coat of hair rather than a thick layer of fat like most modern beef steers.

In the British Isles, Highland beef is recognized as the finest available and fetches premium prices. The British Royal family keeps a large herd of Highlands at Balmoral Castle, near Braemar, Scotland, and considers them their beef animal of choice.

Highland Cattle at Berg's Highland AcresThe first Scottish Highland herd book for the United States was established  in 1884, when cattlemen from the western U.S. imported these picturesque cattle to improve the blood lines they had brought with them from the Eastern states. As a result, the Scottish Highland contributed in a great way to the success of the American cattle industry.

Scottish Highlands can be found throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Scandanavia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

 

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