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Raising Scottish Highland Cattle

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 1

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Scottish Highland cattle are some of the most unique and friendly cattle you will ever come across. These cattle were originally raised in Scotland in the 1800's and have since moved across the world to establish Scottish Highland herds on every continent. As you can see from their shaggy coats they are well developed to survive in harsh northern climates. They are also very rugged and are able to survive in harsh mountainous regions. They were originally raise in the Scottish Highlands and have long ago developed the rugged and hardy characteristics to survive in the harshest of climates. They will also survive on almost no vegetation. They will eat plants that other cattle simply will not touch which makes them adaptable to almost any climate or weather zone.

Scottish Highland cattle normally have leaner cuts of meat since their shaggy coats provide much of their warmth and negate their need for extra fat to keep them warm. If you are thinking of purchasing a herd or starting your own herd of Scottish Highland cattle you will need to know a few basics about how to properly raise and care for them.

First, you will need to have a proper fenced area for their grazing. Even though Scottish Highland cattle do not need ample vegetation and favorable climates they will thrive if they do! You can raise a healthy herd by ensuring that they have ample grazing room and plenty of access to water and nutrients. Also make sure that the cattle are not exposed to too hot of a climate. Their ability to deal with a harsh cold climate also makes them unable to deal with a hot climate. Their shaggy hair is simply not suited for average temperatures above 85 degrees. If you live in this type of climate you should either move, or consider a different breed of cattle.

Second, you will need to have a contact with a trusted veterinarian. It is inevitable that some of your cattle will get sick and it helps to have a trusted vet on hand that will travel to your location. Many diseases run rampant through cattle because they are very gregarious. It pays big dividends to be able to consult your vet to fix any health problems with your Scottish Highland cattle before they affect the entire herd!

Lastly, you will want to make sure that you have the proper equipment to raise cattle. Make sure that you have a truck and trailer strong enough to haul cattle. We hope that you do not have to move your cattle but in the event that you do you will want to make sure you have the proper equipment to haul them.

Scottish Highland cattle are an extremely friendly breed of cattle and are perfect for any farm that has a family living there. Young children always love these cows because of their shaggy heads!



Dec 30, 2011 11:27pm
We're actually going to visit a farm to look at Highland cattle tomorrow. Thinking about getting some to add to the homestead.
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