Scottish Highland Cattle by BigD

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Taken in the town of North Orwell, PA on 02/21/2009 with a Canon 50D camera. HDR and PS editing.

“Scottish Highland Cattle draw a crowd wherever they are found. Highlands are an old breed whose time has come. With the ability to thrive in less than ideal circumstances, outstanding mothering instincts, longevity, and very low calf mortality, they are the type of beef animal that is in demand for today�s market.
The Highland breed has lived for centuries in the rugged remote Scottish Highlands. The extremely harsh conditions created a process of natural selection, where only the fittest and most adaptable animals survived to carry on the breed. Originally there were two distinct classes: the slightly smaller and usually black Kyloe, whose primary domain was the islands off the west coast of northern Scotland; the other, a larger animal generally reddish in color, whose territory was the remote Highlands of Scotland. Today both of these strains are regarded as one breed – the Highland. In addition to the original strains, yellow, dun, white, brindle and silver are also considered traditional colors.

The first Highland herd book was established here in 1884, when American cattlemen from the western U.S. imported them to improve the blood lines of their herds. As a result, the Highland contributed in a great way to the success of the American cattle industry. Today Highlands are found throughout North America, as well as in Europe, Australia and South America.

Highlands require little in the way of shelter, feed supplements, or expensive grain to achieve and maintain good condition. Cold weather and snow have little effect on them. They are raised as far north as Alaska and the Scandinavian countries. They also adapt well to more southerly climates with successful herds as far south as Texas and Georgia. Less than ideal pasture or range land is another reason to consider the Highland breed. These cattle are excellent browsers, able to clear a brush lot with speed and efficiency. Despite long horns and an unusual appearance, Highlands are even-tempered, bulls as well as cows. They can be halter trained easily.

The business end of any beef animal is the amount and quality of the beef it produces. Today�s market demands lean, premium meat. The Highland carcass is ideally suited to meet this challenge. Highland beef is meat that is lean, well marbled and flavorful with little outside waste fat (they are insulated by long hair rather than a thick layer of fat). Highland and Highland crosses have graded in the top of their

respective classes at the prestigious National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. In the British Isles, Highland beef is recognized as the finest available and fetches premium prices. The British Royal family keeps a large herd of Highlands at Balmoral Castle, near Braemar, Scotland, and considers them their beef animal of choice.

Today�s cattle market is demanding. Regardless of whether you are a small farm with only a few head or a large ranch with hundreds, your objective should be the same � to produce a fine cut of beef with as little effort and expense as possible. Highlands are the breed to help you do this. Whether your interest is in purebreds or cross breeding, we are confident that the Highland will improve your bottom line."

The Highland is a unique and beautiful animal � truly “the breed apart.”

- From the American Highland Cattle Association

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  • BigD
    BigDabout 6 years ago

    Best View Larger

  • Jeff Palm Photography
    Jeff Palm Phot...about 6 years ago

    BigD love the hdr here! Really makes the fur pop!

  • Thanks Buddy

    – BigD

  • Carole Brunet
    Carole Brunetabout 6 years ago

    Great shot and the HDR is really well done.

  • Thanks Carole

    – BigD

  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromabout 6 years ago

    Love these cattle…our friend has a herd of about 100 up in Northern Minnesota…they just do not seem like cows to me…different temperment I think… great shot…awesome background history!

  • You are so right about the temperment and thanks

    – BigD

  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansabout 6 years ago

    Fantastic image BigD and beautifully composed. I love Scotland too.

  • Thanks Lyn

    – BigD

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelabout 6 years ago

    Great image and read, BigD!

  • Thanks Cora

    – BigD

  • Alice Oates
    Alice Oatesabout 6 years ago

    Hey, nice image, but could you caption it for the country Bumpkins challenge please?

  • Hey, I clicked on several of the images in the challenge and there is no caption but mine was removed because it didn’t have a caption. What’s fair for one should be fair for all in the challenge, I think. BigD

    – BigD

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanabout 6 years ago

    Sweetie, this is gorgeous … wonderful color and sunlight … did you take this yesterday afternoon?? There was a window of about an hour on the drive up to PA where the light was BREATHTAKING!!! This reminds me of it!!!!! Perfect, perfect detail!!! You are SO the pro photographer!!!!!!

  • Lois, I took this on 02/21/2009 in the morning. Thanks so much

    – BigD

  • mikebov
    mikebovabout 6 years ago

    superb image BigD plus a great Historical text

  • Thanks Mike

    – BigD

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 6 years ago

    A fabulous image – just wonderful!!!!

  • Thanks Lorilee

    – BigD

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