Our Highland fold began in May 2022 with a single 12 month old heifer called Lily Alice from just outside Glasgow. Naturally we couldn’t have just the one so the collection began to expand. A year later, we have 8 breeding cows and our bull Charlie.
The Highland has the grandest head with a long fringe (that appears to cover the eyes) and horns that are long and darken towards the tip, it is these features that make them most memorable.
Highlands have a double coat of hair – a downy undercoat and a long outercoat which may reach 13 inches, and which is well-oiled to shed rain and snow. With the double coat of hair and thick hide, the Highland has been adapted by nature to withstand great exposure. It is not uncommon for Highlands to shed this heavy hair coat when exposed to a hot dry climate and then grow a new one as the damp cold weather returns.
The hair colour can be black, brindled, red, yellow, and dun – there is considerable difference of opinion among breeders as to which is preferable.
The Highland cows we breed on the farm have two purposes – pedigree breeding stock and for meat. Highland beef is slow-maturing making it a premium beef which is lean, well marbled with low fat and cholesterol levels whilst remaining rich in protein and flavour. Highland beef is able to command a premium over other breeds due to its all-round healthy eating appeal.