One week ago, for the birthday of my mother, me and parents army (girlfriend, sister + boyfriend and my step father and obviously my mother) have gone to our mountain house in Abetone, on the Appennino Mountains, here in Tuscany (Italy).
The breed was developed in the Scottish Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland. Breeding stock has been exported to the rest of the world, especially Australia and North America, since the early 20th Century. The breed was developed from two sets of stock, one originally black, and the other reddish.
Highlands are known as a hardy breed due to the rugged nature of their native Scottish Highlands, with high rainfall and strong winds. Highland cattle have been successfully established in many temperate countries and indeed in countries where winters are substantially colder than Scotland’s such as central Europe and Canada.
Their hair provides protection during the cold winters and their skill in browsing for food enables them to survive in steep mountain areas. They both graze and browse and eat plants which many other cattle avoid.
And they are awesome! Here some shots of them made by me!
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