Highland Cow

Name

Highland Cow

Scientific Name

Bos taurus

Characteristics

Cows were domesticated thousands of years ago and are still farmed by humans for their meat, milk and hides (skin). Cows are ruminants; this means that they have a highly effective digestive system which allows them to get as much nutrition out of their food as possible.

At Noah’s Ark, we have a range of different breeds of cow including the Jersey, Ankole and Highland.

 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.

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

Our cows are not currently endangered.

Where do I live?

Cows are domesticated animals.

Highland cows originate from Europe

Our animals

Ankole

Highland

Jersey

Adopt me

Yes

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