RBST Category 6 – Native Breed (1500 or more)
The Highland is one of the oldest and most distinctive breed in Britain. It thrives on poor mountain land where there is high rainfall, low temperatures and driving wind. Foraging amongst the sparse vegetation, they calve outside and continue to breed beyond 18 years of age. The Highland cow can be sired by many different breeds of bull; a popular choice is a Beef Shorthorn bull.
The breed produces lean, well-marbled, beef with a very distinctive flavour. It has comparatively low levels of fat and cholesterol and a higher protein and iron content, making it more healthy and nutritious than other beef.
The versatility of Highland cattle led the breed to being exported to many parts of the world.