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There are surely no cattle as cute and cuddly as the Scottish Highland Cattle breed, but there’s much much more to these “hairy beasties” than just a pretty face.

This is the websites Main Menu which provides links to a wealth of information, including breed standards, carcase traits, and most importantly the advantages of Highland Cattle for the small property holder.

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Bill and Han with Monty
Our Farm

Founded in 1987, we have been breeding these wonderful animals for over 30 years. We spent 10 years on the show circuit in the 90's with many wins locally and interstate.

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Highland Cattle for Sale

Whether you want something pretty to look at, or perhaps sound breeding stock as the foundation for your herd.
We are sure to have something to suit your needs.

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Gorgeous Cow and Calf
Why Highland Cattle?

Grazing the rugged Scottish landscape since the sixth century, Highland Cattle have many fine attributes.  Docile, easy to handle, hardy, easy calving, and ideal for the smaller property.

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Cruachan Highland Bull
Carcass Traits

Highland Cattle beef is increasingly being recognized in Australia for it's marbling attributes. Marbling is closely associated with the key meat qualities of tenderness, juiciness and flavour.

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An old Croft near Culloden
Historical Articles

Older articles which have been reprinted many times over the years.
It includes an excerpt from the Highland Cattle Society Herd Book, Scotland,  Volume 1, published in 1885.

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Crofter boy fishing
Feature Articles

Includes one man's Childhood Memories of Highland Cattle in the early 1950's, also 2 different authors take on the history of Highland Cattle, plus an experiment run by Manyberries Range Station, Canada.

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No ifs, just Butt ... great carcass
General Info

Articles on Evaluation of Cattle Traits, Embryo Transfer in Cattle, Frame Scoring,  and an article describing "Crop Ear" in Highland Cattle

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A beautiful young heifer
Photos

Cruachan Highland Cattle invite you to look at a selection of photos.  Its not all hard work, we have had a lot of fun over the years.

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Friendly Highland calves
Links

Links to Highland Cattle websites, both in Australia and overseas, plus links to international databases to help trace the pedigrees of your Highland Cattle.

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Our most read articles


  • Cattle above the loch
    The History of Highland Cattle

    Highland Cattle are an old breed known to have grazed the rugged Scottish landscape since the sixth century.  It is still a matter of debate as to whether they were an origin of Scotland or imported from Scandinavia perhaps with the Vikings when they invaded Great Britain.

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    Pure Highland Beef is Healthy!

    Scientific tests carried out on Pure Highland Beef by the Scottish Agricultural College demonstrate convincing evidence that Highland Beef is significantly lower in Fat and Cholesterol, and higher in Protein and Iron than other beef. Grass fed cattle have a healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids.

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    Fullblood, Graded, or What?

    Australia and New Zealand are the only two countries in the world to allow registration of Highland Cattle that have been graded-up from another breed of cattle.  It creates a lot of discussions.

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    Long Haired Highlanders

    "Highland cattle have certainly retained some primitive traits absent from other domesticated breeds."
    "The bulls keep a close watch over their herds, guiding them carefully through danger, across rain swollen rivers, or over marshy ground..."

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    Canadian 'Manyberries' Experiment

    Of interest to every farmer should be the results of experiments run by the Canadian Department of Agriculture at the Manyberries Range Experimental Station, involving herds of purebred Highland cows, Highland-Hereford Cross cows, and purebred Hereford cows.

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    Yon Bonnie Canny Kine

    "To most people, the Highlander is a long horned, shaggy coated, ferocious wild animal that can be dug out of a glacier after several years immersion ..."
    Written over 30 years ago, the famous "Harrowsmith" article by Donalda Badone, Ontario, is claimed to have had a huge impact in creating interest in Highland Cattle.

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    Embryo transfer in cattle.

    This is an article written by my son Ross in 1992 as a school project. It seems to be a very popular article for students worldwide who are studying this topic, and covers the process from start to finish. The article gains more "views" than many other pages on our website.

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    Monarch of the But 'n Ben

    "They are as Scottish as kilts and whisky.
    They have been in Scotland for thousands of years.
    For centuries the source of both pleasure and conflict, they were at one time the backbone of the Highland economy.
    They are Highland Cattle..."

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    Crop Ear in Highland Cattle

    Crop ear can best be described as a cosmetic defect found in Highland Cattle. It can be as little as a very slight notch in the ears through to severe “cropping”. It is a contentious issue that creates discussion world wide. Highland Cattle Breed Societies differ in their approach to Crop Ear.

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