There are surely no cattle as cute and cuddly as the Scottish Highland Cattle breed, but there’s much much more to these “shaggy, hairy, beasties” than just a pretty face.
As Scottish as kilts and whisky, Highland Cattle have been in Scotland for thousands of years.
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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.
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.
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.
"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 ..."
Published in 1980, the famous "Harrowsmith" article by Donalda Badone, Ontario, had a huge impact and doubled the number of Canadian Highland breeders within 12 months.
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.
"They are as Scottish as kilts and whisky. These shaggy, hairy cattle 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..."
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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