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Scottish Highland Cattle (Scottish Highland Coos) are among the most beautiful looking of the cattle breeds. They are recognizable by their unique shaggy coats of wavy hair and striking horns. They are known for their gentle dispositions. There are records dating back to the 12th century and there is archeological evidence of the existence as far back as the 6th century. That makes them the oldest living breed of cattle in the world.
Highland Cattle are the oldest registered breed of cattle with a Herd Book published in 1885. The Scottish Highland Cattle Society was formed in 1884 and most of the cattle registered were black. Today Highland cattle may be red, black, yellow, white, brindle, silver or dun color. The Highland breed has lived for centuries in the rugged, remote Scottish Highlands. The harsh conditions created a process of natural selection, where only the fittest and most adaptable animals survived to carry on the breed. American cattlemen recognized the qualities of the Highland and imported them to improve their current bloodlines in the 1890's. As a result, Scotch Highlanders contributed in a great way to the success of the American cattle industry.
Today a growing number of consumers prefer lean, premium meat and Highland beef is ideal to meet this demand. Highland beef is naturally lean, well marbled and flavorful with little outside waste fat due to being insulated by long hair. Highland and Highland crosses have graded in the top of their respective classes at the prestigious National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. In the British Isles, Highland beef is recognized as the finest available and fetches premium prices. The British Royal family keeps a large herd of Highlands at Balmoral Castle in Scotland and considers them their beef animal of choice.
Highland = Healthy!
Healthy food is good for the body and good for the land. Grass fed cattle effectively transfer natural forages into nutritious beef without the need for environmentally costly, chemically grown feeds. Many professional studies have shown the benefits of pasture raised meats over their captive, factory raised counterparts. All food fats are a blend of two types, saturated and unsaturated. Unsaturated fats include poly and monounsaturated fats. Omega-3s and 6s are types of polyunsaturated fats and are essential for good nutrition. Studies show that when the ratio of Omega-6s to Omega-3s exceeds 4:1, health issues arise. Grain fed beef often exceeds a 20:1 ratio, while grass fed beef consistently breaks down at a 3:1 ratio. Analyses have also show that of the total animal fat found in beef, grain fed yields nearly 50% saturated fat. Grass fed beef averages around 10% saturated fat. Laboratory tests have proven that Scottish Highland beef is lower in cholesterol than buffalo, pork, lamb, and chicken.
Hilltop to Tabletop!
Cattle raised on Horny Hill Farm yield the highest quality lean beef because of our attention to detail and the pride behind the product we sell. Animals are finished on high protein alfalfa hay, high energy millet and/or pasture grasses (depending on the season). Quality isn�t sacrificed when animals are sent to processing either. All Horny Hill beef is cut and packed at a locally owned and operated, USDA certified slaughterhouse providing excellent quality meat processing, custom dry-aging, and packaging. Horny Hill Farm Scottish Highland beef can be purchased in quantities large or small right from the farm. Please contact us at any time for additional information on pick up times and availability.