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Discussion in 'Cattle' started by brierpatch1974, Jun 16, 2006.

  1. brierpatch1974

    brierpatch1974 Well-Known Member

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    Sorry to ask this silly question but are there two breeds of Highland cattle? Is there a Full size and a mini highland? Or is it just one breed that is a smaller size animal by nature? Thanks

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  2. Sprout

    Sprout Well-Known Member

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    Well the mini isn't really a separate breed more of an exploited humanized genetic drift.
     

  3. Christiaan

    Christiaan Dutch Highlands Farm

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    The breed is close to dividing into two varieties. The original Highland is a small animal, ideal for crofters and homesteaders. They weigh in the 800 to 1000 lb range. As they've been promoted as a beef breed they have been bred larger, upto 1300-1400 lbs. So actually there isn't a mini-Highland, but there is a giant-Highland. I prefer the smaller ones myself as they are the ideal dual-purpose cow for the small crofter.
     
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