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The Highland Cattle Society

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.


LAST CHANCE - Highland Breeders Journal

25 April 2016

If you would like to advertise your fold in the 2016 Highland Breeders Journal please contact Paul Johnstone at The Scottish Farmer on 0141 302 7368 or Sian on 07825 232092

Easy Fundraising for the Highland Cattle Society

24 March 2016

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online - from your weekly shop to your annual holiday - you could be raising a free donation for Highland Cattle Society? There are nearly 3,000 retailers on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, the trainline and Sainsbu...

Highland Gold

29 February 2016

This fantastic new beer was launched at the Royal Highland Show between 19th & 21st June 2014! You can either order a box of 12 or 20 bottles of Highland Gold or choose a selection of this and other Cairngorm Brewery Beers from their online shop. A ruby red ale with a blend of European and American ...

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

MSHCC 25th Anniversary

7th May 2016

To celebrate the MSHCC 25th Anniversary there will be a visit to Matlock Bath with lunch at Alison House Hotel, Cromford, Matlock.

Tel: 01989 750 233

Sale of Store Cattle & Young Bulls to include Native Breeds

16 May 2016

Caledonian Marts, Stirling, FK7 7LS

Tel: 01786 450922

QMS Rising to the Challenges Conference

17th May 2016

QMS are hosting a conference for Beef and Sheep farmers at Airth Castle, near Falkirk on the 17th May.

Annual Sale of Pedigree & Commercial Highland Cattle

18th May 2016

Dingwall & Highland Marts, Humberston, Bailechaul Road, Dingwall, IV15 9TP

Tel: 01349 863252