Welcome to a short historical about the Highland cow
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 red and black of the original strains, yellow, dun and silver-white are also considered traditional colors.
The Highland is the oldest registered breed of cattle, with the first herd book being
established in 1884. Around that time, American cattlemen from the western U.S.
recognized the natural qualities of the Highland animal and 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.
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