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Known for their good nature. Long orange fur and curved horns, these are the trademarks of the Scottish Highland cattle (Bos taurus). However, with their eye-catching appearance, they are not only pretty to look at.
The highland cattle are well suited for extensive grazing under natural conditions and can defy wind and weather even in barren areas. In particular, the endangered habitat types and biotopes worth protecting: moorland and heathland, alluvial forest, wet meadows, spring and water protection areas are suitable for the use of the cattle breed.
The highland cattle are considered to be relatively meek and have a strict hierarchy in their herd. Calves inherit the social status of their mother.
The horns develop differently in bulls and cows: in males they grow first parallel to the ground and then bent forward. In the female animals they only grow curved upwards. These horns, which can span up to 1,60 m, are used by the highland cattle for foraging. In winter you can use it to dig for grass in the snow.
Good to know:
Scottish Highland cattle are also known by the names Highland Cattle and Kyloe. They come from the northwest of Scotland and the Hebrides.
The Highland Cattle is considered to be the first documented breed of cattle in the world and was registered in Scotland in 1884. Almost 30 years ago cattle were introduced into Germany for agricultural use.
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