10 Fun Facts About Highland Cows

Have you met our new friend, the Highland cow? With a cute shaggy coat and long flattering lashes, this udderly adorable character has quickly become a firm favourite for our customers. So, let’s find out some fun facts about the star of our latest collection. 

1

Highland cows are a Scottish breed of cow and are the oldest cattle breed in the world, appearing in the 6th century AD.  

2

Although we mostly know Highland Cows to be ginger, there are also breeds with red, yellow, silver, white, and even black coats. 

3

They live in wet and mountainous grasslands. Although they are native to Scotland, they can now be found in Europe, North America and Australia. 

4

When highland cows become friends, they show affection by licking, mountain and play fighting with each other. 

5

They use their large handlebar shaped horns to rake up the snow and forage for food in winter, and to defend themselves against predators. 

6

Male horns tend to be thicker and curve forward with a small upwards rise near the tip. The female has thinner horns that have a more obvious upwards curve. 

7

Their long shaggy coats help to keep the rain and snow at bay during cold winters. The coat has two layers of long fur: the warm undercoat and the oily outercoat. 

8

Within the herd, highland cows have a hierarchical system based on age - the older cattle dominate the younger ones and the males rank above the females. 

9

Male cattle are called bulls and the females are called cows. A group of highland cattle is called a ‘fold’ or ‘herd’. 

10

When a cow gives birth to a calf, the calf will immediately be able to stand, walk and recognise its mother. The cow will care for and nourish her baby for about 6 months. 

11

They spend most of their day (about 8 hours) grazing and can eat up to 70kg of grass daily, which weighs as much as 700 blueberry muffins! 

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