With their calm, shaggy exterior they have a very unique look that sets them apart from other species of cow. The highland cow is known for being docile and quite easy to handle. An instantly recognizable animal that is fairly close to the nature of a domestic pet. Highland cattle are one of the oldest breeds in the world, originating from Scotland as far back as the 6th century.
ORIGINALLY THERE WERE TWO DISTINCT CLASSES:
1) The slightly smaller and usually black Kyloe, whose primary domain was the islands off the west coast of northern Scotland.
2) The other was a larger animal, generally reddish in color, whose territory was the Highlands.
Today, both strains are regarded as one breed — Highland. In addition to red and black, yellow, dun, white, brindle and silver are also traditional colors. This is also similar to how Cedar lives at Dalkena Highlands, where they practice regenerative farming.
Highland Cow Facts
The breed is characterized by traits of hardiness, self-sufficiency, and longevity.
They are excellent foragers and efficient at improving pastures and clearing woodlots.
Their moderate frame is ideal for small and large farms alike in various climates and regions of the country.
Highlands are found in all fifty states and acclimate well to the environment, yet it is best to buy cattle from a climate similar to your farm.
The double hair coat is a tremendous asset in adverse weather and is believed to be the reason they have limited external fat cover. This means less to trim from carcasses and more value retained.
The horns not only give them their majestic looks, but are helpful with predator control.
These cattle have strong maternal instincts and protect their young. In addition, Highland genetics are quite diverse from other breeds, so they produce a highly productive cross.