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Highland cattle oxHighland cattle (also known as longhorn, Hairy Coo or Heelan Coo) are an ancient Scottish breed of beef cattle with long horns and shaggy pelts. A variation, the Highland Dairy Cow, is also native to Scotland. The breed was developed in the Highlands and western coastal regions of Scotland, and breeding stock has been exported to Australia and North America since the 1900s. The breed was developed from two sets of stock, one originally black, and the other reddish. Today, Highland cattle come in a wide variety of colours.
Highlands are known as a hardy breed (most likely due to the rugged nature of their native Scottish Highlands), which will eat plants other cattle avoid. They both graze and browse. The meat tends to be leaner than most beef, as highlands get most of their insulation from their thick shaggy hair rather than subcutaneous fat. This coat also makes them a good breed for cold Northern climates.
Highland cattle were the earliest registered breed, with the registry ("herd book") established in 1884. Although groups of cattle are generally called herds, a group of highlands is known as a fold. The breed is affectionately known as "shaggy coos" or "hairy coos" in parts of Scotland. They were also known as "kyloes" in Lowland Scots—possibly a corruption of Gàidhealach meaning of "Gaelic culture", or by conflation with "kye", an old name for cow. Another interesting fact is that the word "cù" (pronouced coo) actually means dog in gaelic.
Notably, Highland cattle were successfully established in Italian Dolomites, in wide open areas. Their hair provides protection during the cold winters, and their skill in browsing for food is also important in order to survive in such a steep mountain area.
One of my favourite animals. I've sen a few on panoramio and it's always a joy to look at them,
Thanks for sharing,
Thanks again Palmina,
These girls are really cute....I did a few photoseries with them and stayed arround them for some hours. They are kind and never violent towards me, not even when they have calves.After a while they get curious and walk up to me to check out what that crazy guy is doing.
Greetings from Holland
Teines una colección de fotos excelente erik.
Aqui tienes un amigo de tu toro.
I've added your gallery to my favourites Erik so as I can come back to browse now and then at leisure ~ good stuff. We go Mooo :)
Did the same Nick so you better keep on posting your beautiful pictures!
Thanks for the info on the pigs going to check it out now!
Mooie closeup opname,precies op het juiste moment genomen. Okk de andere foto's zijn heel apart en erg mooi.
Hallo C.van Capelleveen bedankt voor je bezoek en commentaar.
Prachtig portret van deze hooglander ! (L)
Dank je Knossel het zijn zulke leuke beesten.
You can add this to the group "domestic animals", as well!
wunderschönes Tier, like
♥Liebe Grüße sendet bayernengel! aus Deutschland!
Ja, dees zal best nieuwschierig geweest zijn. Hij probeert zijn neus ook nog even keurig schoon te maken alvorens op de foto te gaan. Maar jij was hem weer te glad af ;)
Ik ga er nu onder hoor.
Slaapse straks. Daag, Christien.
Hmm might be interesting Halulinka but I'm a bit careful in joining too much groups and only placing one picture there.
Vielen Dank Bayernengel für deinen netten Kommentar und like.
Je moest eens weten ben uren in de weer geweest met dit model Chris10! Had een vrolijke shoot in gedachten maar zij had zo haar eigen willetje.
Uiteindelijk na veel praten en vooral fluisteren kreeg ik haar zo ver.
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