Highland Facts

Here are some fun facts about Scottish Highland cattle.

  • The people of the Scottish Highlands used to house their cattle in a room at the center of (or underneath) their homes in winter, both to protect the valuable animals and to help keep their homes warm.
  • The Highland breed boasts the earliest known official cattle breed registry, or herd book, which was compiled in 1885.
  • Highlands were first imported into Canada in the 1880s; the first documented imports to the United States from Scotland occurred in the 1930s or 1940s.
  • Highland cows can produce calves longer than many breeds, often into their late teens and early 20s. There are reports of a Highland cow delivering a set of healthy twins at age 23!
  • Highlands have short legs compared to most cattle breeds, one reason why they are classified as a “smaller” breed of cattle.
  • Highland cows’ horns show rings for each pregnancy, although it’s reported that hardship, such as times of illness or malnutrition, can also cause rings.