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Highland cattle, with their long horns and flowing coats, have spread from the west of Scotland and are instantly recognisable throughout the world. Written records go back to the 18th century and the Highland Cattle Herd Book, first published in 1885, lists pedigrees since that time.

In the British Isles folds are found from the furthest south to the extreme north on many different types of ground varying from the slopes of the Sussex Downs and the fenlands of East Anglia, to the windswept machars of the Outer Hebrides. 

New folds, as herds of Highlanders are known, are founded every year both at home and abroad and in recent years Highland Cattle societies have been started in Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Holland, Finland, France, Switzerland and Norway. There are Highlanders in Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Estonia, USA, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Poland, and the Faroe Islands.

129th Spring Show & Sale   

9th & 10th February 2020

Must attend event for every Highland Cattle breeder and Highland breed enthusiasts.

Sunday from 10am: The best Highland Cattle from across the UK are paraded round the ring by expert showmen & show-women. This year they will be under the keen eye of our judge Dochy Ormiston, stockman to our Patron Her Majesty the Queen, who has the tough job of selecting the winners of our stunning array of trophies.

Monday from 10am: All the animals will go through the show ring where our Auctioneer Raymond Kennedy of United Auctions will take bids from ringside and across the world as buyers old and new snap up the finest stock our breed has to offer.

All enquiries should be directed to our breed secretary Anne-Marie Thomson who will be happy to help buyers, sellers and lookers alike on



129th Spring Show & Sale   


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129th Annual Spring Show & Sale February 2020 Catalogue

21 January 2020

129th Annual Spring Show & Sale - Saturday, February 8, 2020

13 January 2020

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS AGM - 1 p.m. in the Ballroom of The Royal Hotel, Oban. BULL WEIGHING & MEASURING - 3 p.m. United Auctions Mart. TEAM BUILDING / FUN & GAMES - 3 - 4.30 p.m. United Auctions Mart. BBQ - 4.30 p.m. onwards - Cafe Unite Auctions Mart. RUGBY - 4.45 p.m. Kick off Calcutta...


20 December 2019

We continue to receive comment and questions from Members about the circumstances surrounding the expulsions of Hilary Barker and Angus MacGillivray, from membership of the HCS. We know members are being encouraged to contact us on the basis of false information on these issues so this news item pu...


20 December 2019

At our meeting on 13 December Council reviewed how we handled the Jedderfield dispersal sale and the lessons we need to learn from it. We undoubtedly made mistakes. We are very sorry about what happened and for the anxiety it has caused. We do need to do things differently in future. In early ...

Beef 2020 Report

04 December 2015

The Beef 2020 Report has been released. Executive Summary The group’s vision of the Scottish beef supply chain is: “A confident market driven grass based cattle industry using leading edge technologies capable of delivering profitably to the home and world market high provenance, quality beef...

Shows & Events

129th Spring Show & Sale, Oban Livestock Centre

Show 9th & Sale 10th of February 2020

Judge, Dochy Ormiston - Auctioneer, Raymond Kennedy, UA All enquiries to Breed Secretary, Anne-MarieThomson

Tel: 01786 446866