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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.

Support the Society

Can you imagine Scotland’s hills without highland cattle?  The Highland Cattle Society works to safeguard the survival of this magnificent breed.  We do not receive government grants or other outside assistance, and need your help to secure this iconic breed’s future. 

Please start fundraising or donate today to support our work. 



Career opportunity    

The Highland Cattle Society wishes to appoint a Breed Secretary. 

You will be responsible for not only maintaining the existing iconic status of Highland cattle but for developing and promoting their strengths of hardiness; mothering ability and meat quality to meet the needs of todays beef industry and the environmental sector. You will also be responsible for all communications with members and twice yearly Shows and Sales at Oban and representing the Society at other Shows and events.

You will have great interpersonal and communication skills; hands on experience of cattle and good social media and IT skills. You should also have experience in marketing and promotion.                  
Based in Stirling you must have your own car as it is anticipated you will be away from the office frequently. In addition to your salary you will receive a mileage allowance and pension contribution.

For full details please send your cv including your current salary by email to


David Cuthbertson, Jedderfield Fold

13 June 2019

It is with great sadness we inform you of the passing of our member David Andrew Cuthbertson, better known as Cubby. David died suddenly in his home on the 4th of June. He was a real gentleman, whose astute judgement will be sorely missed. His funeral will be on Tuesday18th of June at 11am in Pe...


05 March 2019

The HCS Autumn Show & Sale in Oban is on the 13th & 14th Ocotber 2019. Entry forms are not available as yet but information updates will be on the HCS website and facebook page.

Proposed Council Meeting Dates - 2019

06 December 2018

Saturday, 9th February, 2019 Royal Hotel, Oban Oban Show & Sale & AGM Friday, 22nd March, 2019 Stirling Agricultural Centre Friday 31st May, 2019 Stirling Agricultural Centre Friday 16th August 2019 Stirling Agricultural Centre October or November date to be decided for the Show ...

The 220th Annual Westmorland County Show

22 November 2018

The 220th Annual Westmorland County Show will take place on Thursday 12th September 2019, at the County Showground in South Cumbria. Westmorland County Show includes a full range of Highland Cattle classes and is delighted to be hosting the prestigious Burke Trophies in 2019.

New Bull Registration and DNA Process

15 November 2018

Would Members please note that with effect from 1 December 2018 all DNA Hair Samples and DNA Profiling Forms should be returned to the Society office and not sent direct to AHT. Forms and accompanying instructions have been amended appropriately.

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