Highland Cattle: Meet Pineland Farms’ Fuzzy Quintet
We’ve welcomed three new fuzzy faces to Pineland Farms for the winter: McGinty, Norma and Stanley! These three Highland Cows were former herd mates of our beloved Rona and Dolly, and they’re happy to re-join each other.
Fun Facts About Highland Cattle:
- Highland Cattle originate from the Highlands of Scotland, which is where their name came from. This region can have a tough climate of cold weather, strong winds and rough terrain, which is why they now thrive in colder weather. Their long coats are part of what helps them survive comfortably in such climates.
- Highland cattle aren’t only able to live in cold climates, however. They have great adaptability that allows them to thrive in warmer weather as well.
- Highlands are large cows, but they’re gentle giants. They’re well-known for their calm and gentle temperament, making them a very popular breed.
- They come in a variety of different colors. However, Highland Cattle were originally primarily black, and Victorians specifically bred red cows because they liked the color, which is why they’re very common today (via Eagle Brae).
- They’re commonly known as “Highland Cattle” here in the states, but in Scotland, they’re most commonly referred to as “Hairy Coos.”
Our Highland cattle not only embody a rich history but also add a touch of beauty and character to Pineland Farms. Visit the pasture by the Smokehouse Visitors Center to witness these charming personalities in action!