Highland cattle – shoulder mount /stuffed head – Bos taurus
Highland cattle, also known as the hairy cow, is an old Scottish breed of cow, bred primarily for their beef. Highland cattle are often bred for cattle shows and some highland cattle can win many prizes due to the incredible condition of the highland cattle individuals.The highland cattle are famous for their long haired coats which help the hairy cows to cope with the harsh conditions of the Scottish Highlands. They are adapted to endure the most uncompromising conditions.Highland cattle originally come from Scotland. Highland cattle can now be found in Europe, North America and even in Australia, where the highland cattle are all commonly farmed for their meat but some people also use the long hair of the highland cattle.
Highland cattle have adapted to living in such harsh terrains as highland cattle have a large, strong build and a thick double layer of long orange hair. Highland cattle also have two horns on the tops of their heads which are used to dig through thick snow to find the vegetation that lies underneath and also used in order to defend themselves from oncoming predators and other rival highland cattle.
The highland cattle are also extremely adept at foraging for food and the patience and skill of the highland cattle means that it can often be found grazing on steep, mountainous slopes in the Scottish highlands. Highland cattle are herbivorous mammals and therefore only eat plant matter, mainly grasses. They are also known to eat leaves from low growing trees and shrubs and the highland cattle are also rather partial to the odd flower!