Highland Cow

Name

Highland Cow

Scientific Name

Bos taurus

Characteristics

Highland Cows were domesticated thousands of years ago and are still farmed by humans primarily for beef. 

Highland cows are a rich brown colour and are known for their long, wavy coats. They are originally from the mountainous areas of west Scotland and so need their long coats to keep them warm in cold winters.

Highland cattle have two horns on top of their heads which they use to dig through thick snow to find vegetation to eat. They also use their horns to defend themselves from predators and other rival cows.

Diet

British cows mostly eat grass in summertime and silage (preserved grass) in the winter months. Farmers may also supplement their cows’ diet with cereals and corn.

Size Fact

The average cow weighs about 1,400lbs.

Food Fact

Cows spend between 6-11 hours grazing per day.

Fun Fact

Cows are pregnant for 9 months - just like people!

IUCN Red list

Highland cows are not currently listed on the IUCN red list.

Where do I live?

Highland cows originate from Scotland and now can be found all across Europe.

Our animals

Our Highland cow is called Dot.

   
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