Highland Cattle

Highland cattle (Scottish Gaelic: Bò Ghàidhealach; Scots: kyloe) are a Scottish breed of cattle. They have long horns and long wavy coats that are coloured black, brindled, red, yellow, or dun, and often primarily farmed for their meat.[1] They originated from the Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland and were first mentioned in 6th century A.D. The first herd book described two distinct types of Highland cattle but due to crossbreeding between the two, only one type now exists. They have been since exported to other parts of the world, such as Australia, Norway and Canada.

They are a hardy breed due to their native environment, the Scottish Highlands. Bulls can weigh up to 800 kilogrammes and cows up to 500 kilogrammes. Their milk generally has a very high butterfat content and their meat is regarded as one of the highest quality. It is gaining mainstream acceptance as it is low in cholesterol.

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