North of England Highland Cattle Breeders Club


Last updated 23/11//2015

Welcome to the

North of England Highland Cattle Breeders Club


The club has been established over 20 years and we have a wide cross section of members, varying from folds of 300 cattle and more, to people who simply admire the breed but do not have cattle themselves.


We offer help and advice to all members of all abilities and fold sizes. One or more committee members attend most shows throughout the North of England and would be happy to answer any questions or enquiries from members or potential members.


By visiting us at the shows you can gain a further insight to the characteristics and qualities of this majestic breed.


The Highland Breed


Highland cattle or kyloe are an ancient Scottish breed of beef cattle with long horns and long wavy coats, the usual colours are black, white, brindled, red, yellow, and dun, and there is considerable difference of opinion among breeders as to which is preferable.


The breed developed in the Scottish Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland. Breeding stock has been exported to the rest of the world, 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 graze, browse and eat plants, which many other cattle avoid. The meat tends to be leaner than most beef because Highlands get most of their insulation from their thick shaggy hair rather than subcutaneous fat, they are a slow maturing beast, the beef is well marbled which a rich flavour and is exceptionally tender.


The coat makes them a good breed for cold northern climates and they are able to thrive in outdoor conditions that would defeat most other breeds of domestic beef cattle. As such, Highland cattle are able to produce beef from inhospitable land that would otherwise normally be incapable of rendering a profit agriculturally.


Highlands, despite the daunting look of the horns, are a docile breed and have a very good nature, they are an excellent show animal, and easily halter trained and enjoy the attention of show preparation.


Without doubt the most handsome beasts that could adorn any landscape