Les belles vaches Highland

The beautiful Highland cows

Thursday, May 4th 

Highland cows have a fascinating history dating back centuries. This livestock breed originating from the Scottish highlands was originally used for its meat and labor power, as it was able to withstand the harshest conditions of the Scottish highlands. Highland cows quickly gained popularity thanks to their hardiness and ability to withstand harsh climates.

During the 20th century, with increasing demand for meat, genetic selection resulted in larger, more muscular Highland cows, which led to a change in their physical appearance. Breeders then abandoned these original cows and began breeding a taller, leaner, more muscular variety to meet this new demand. However, this change had serious repercussions on the breed, with numbers declining until 1947, an annus horribilis for Highland cows.

Fortunately, a small group of Highland cow enthusiasts took matters into their own hands to save the breed from imminent extinction. The efforts of this group ultimately resulted in the reconstruction of the breed, and the resumption of breeding as before. The bushy coat of Highland cows also makes them resistant to biting flies, which avoids the use of pesticides to protect livestock.

Today, Highland cows are considered a premier livestock breed, and their premium meat is highly prized. Breeders around the world seek to breed this breed of cows because they are adapted to different climates and environments. Highland cows are also a major tourist attraction in the Scottish highlands, as their bushy coats make them undeniably picturesque!