Meet the Highland Cattle at Monk Park Farm

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Highland cattle originated in the Scottish Highlands and the Outer Hebrides.

They have an unusual double-coat of hair which enables them to withstand harsh weather conditions along with a characteristic fringe which helps protect their eyes from hail, rain, wind and insects.

The primary function of their horns is to rake away the snow in the winter and forage for food. Their diet consists of grass, hay and fodder beat in the colder months.

Highland cattle are renowned for their friendly nature, often approaching people to demand attention!

Males are called Bulls, young females are called Heifers (until they have their first Calf, after which they become a cow) and their young are called Calves.

Just like humans, they are pregnant for 9 months (277-290 days).