An essentially Scottish
animal, the highland cow is big, fluffy, and ginger
. With long, thick fur, a shaggy mane, and a pink
nose, highland cows have a very distinctive appearance, and are inexorably associated with the scottish highlands.
The highland cow has been farmed in scotland
since the 19th centuary, and was the country's primary meat breed until only recently. The highland cow is unusually easy to look after, having a docile temprament and a strong maternal instinct, eating almost anything, and coping easily with harsh scottish winters - highland cows have even been sucessfully kept in Norway
. With its thick coat of hair, the highland cow need less body fat
to keep warm, and thus is lean
er than other breeds. The meat
from highland cows (and their hybrid
s) commands a high price, and nowadays pure-bred highland cows are raised in small numbers as breeding stock, for premium beef, and as tourist attractions.
It's almost imposible to Visit Scotland!
without encountering a (at the very least a plush
) highland cow...
http://www.grantsfarm.com/docs/highland.htm has a picture of a highland cow
http://www.plaidepalette.com/highcow.html sells plush highland cows
I reference http://www.heatheryford.com/Breed.html