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Scottish Highland Cattle

(engl: Scottish Highland Cattle)

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The Scottish Highland Cattle is a relatively unique breed of cattle, they are direct descendants from aurochs, the ancestors of all cattle breeds. Their long, shaggy coat and mighty horns are characteristic for this breed.


Their home is the Scottish Highlands. The animals are perfectly adapted to this harsh climate. Their long coat protects them against the wet and cold. Highland cattle live outdoors in all weather and do not need stables.

Schottisches Hochlandrind, Foto: Tom Burger
Schottisches Hochlandrind, Foto: Tom Burger
Verbreitungsgebiet: Schottisches Hochlandrind
Verbreitungsgebiet: Schottisches Hochlandrind
Scientific Surname Bos primigenius taurus
Order Artiodactyla
Family Bovidae
Size male 1,3 m, female: 1,2 m
Weight male 600 kg, female 450 kg
Reproduction gestation period: 9-10 month
Distribution Scotland
Habitat grass landscapes
Food Grass, Herbs, Foliage
Livestock not endangered