Highland Cattle

CowsHighland Cattle are a heritage breed, with written records back to the 18th century.  Their distinctive horns and long, flowing hair are the subject of many a Scottish postcard and British television show depicting quaint village life. The Queen of England even has a herd of Highlanders at Balmoral Castle.

Highland Cattle are known for their friendly, inquisitive personalities as much as for their distinctive looks.  As a somewhat primitive breed, they have many desirable qualities such as hardiness, ability to eat a wide range of vegetation (ours love occasional snacks of maple leaves but do not seem to enjoy pine), and excellent mothering skills, making them an ideal breed for raising in New England.

Highland cattle are a slow-growing breed, which produces tender, flavorful meat. Their two-layer winter coats insulate them so well that they do not need a layer of backfat, thus producing a lean but nicely marbled beef. Highland cattle have two layers of hair; a long, coarse outer coat and an inner coat of fine, soft hair, which insulates the cows amazingly Xylo well in the winter. This picture of Xylo shows frost on his back, while he is perfectly warm underneath (and interested in the camera). The hair sheds out in the summer.

For more information on Highland Cattle, please see the American Highland Cattle Association website.




Roaming Farm Beef 

Hours:
Thursday 11-7
Saturday 9-noon
And any time by appointment (call or email)

To order:
413-665-6634
413-268-4317 (c)
RoamingFarm@gmail.com

80 S. Mill River Rd.
South Deerfield, MA

Our beef:
  • Highland Cattle
  • Pasture Raised
  • Pasture Fed
  • No Added Hormones
  • No Unnecessary Antibiotics*
  • Humanely Treated
  • on a Family Farm
*No antibiotics are used to promote growth. We would use antibiotics if a cow were ill.