Scottish Highland cattle are one of the oldest registered cattle breeds in the world. They have been roaming the hills of the scottish highlands for centuries - providing meat, clothing (in the form of hides & also woven fabric from the hair), milk - also for butter & cheese. With their wild fringe of long hair (called a dossen) & long curled horns - they can be quite fearsome looking yet are gentle & placid by nature. Given their history they have a proven track record of adaptability to tough country & adverse grazing conditions, yet continue to thrive in such situations.
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They are extremely hardy - surviving in a wide range of conditions. They are the only breed that is allowed, by law, to be wintered outside in Sweden! In New Zealand, they can cope with both ends of the temperature spectrum - from the cold of the south through to the warmth of the north, adapting their coat depending on the climate. Like any animal, they require shade & water - even more so in warmer areas.

Both heifers & cows calve easily & with the miniumum of attention.

Highland mothers take great care of their young - ensuring that they get their first feed, so essential for a good start, unaided. A Highland mother can be very protective of the youngster(s) for the first few weeks after birth.

Highland bulls are known to be extremely virile. Therefore they are able to service a higher number of cows, with greater percentages of conception, than bulls from some other breeds. They are good over first-time heifers, due to the smaller size of the calves - weighing in with a birth weight around 20-25kg. However the calves grow quickly after birth.

Rather than the thick layer of fat found on other beef breeds, Highlands have a unique double-coat which insulates them from extremes of temperature. The result is beautifully marbled meat that is the leanest of all beef breeds - with the highest iron content & lowest cholesterol levels.

Highlands live to a grand age - often reaching ages in excess of 20yrs. Many bear calves for up to 19 years.

Highlands rarely require much more than a routine dosing - helping keep veterinary costs to a minimum. They are resistant to many of the normal bovine diseases.

However, their long coats do make them susceptible to ticks & lice, so care needs to be taken to ensure these do not get out of control.

Highlands are very placid & respond well to human contact. This makes them extremly manageable which, together with their charm & popularity, makes them a winning addition to any farm or lifestyle block.

Highlands will thrive on many types of pasture & are well known for their ability to do well on rougher fodder that would cause other beef breeds to struggle. They have a unique digestive system which ensures they make the most of whatever food is available.