* Threatened or Endangered

Highland Cattle *

 : Bos taurus

 : Mammal

 : Scottish highlands

 : Grasses and other plants

 : Weight 1100 - 1800 lbs.

 : Imported into the United States and Australia as hobby farm animals and for life in harsh climate areas. They have also been imported into nature reserves in the Netherlands where they are used for grazing purposes.


Considered to be the hardiest breed of cattle anywhere in the world, these cattle developed in the harsh climate of the Scottish highlands.  They are able to maintain condition and even thrive in conditions where other breeds of cattle would starve.  The British royal family maintains a herd of these cattle at the Balmoral Castle Estate grounds, near Braemar, Scotland.  The queen considers this the beef animal of choice.