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Highland cattle

CLASS

Mammals

FAMILY

Bovidae

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Bos taurus

WHERE IS IN THE PARK

Safari

The Highland cattle is a breed of bovine, native to the Highlands and the Western Islands of Scotland. Thanks to its high resistance to the cold, this breed has been exported all over the world, even to areas where winters are more gelid than in Scotland.
Selected in a very rainy and cold climate, the Highland cattle has large curved horns and a thick, long and bristly coat, which protects it from the icy winter wind, also at high altitudes. This cattle is also able to feed on plants that other bovines can’t exploit.
It is raised for its meat, which is excellent for quantity and quality (it’s low-fat and low-cholesterol). The Highland beef is thinner than the average beef: Highland cattle protect themselves from the cold thanks to the long and dense hair, rather than thanks to a thick layer of subcutaneous fat. This species has been very successful, because it is resistant to diseases, it can be raised in outdoor all year round even in cold climates and it can eat whichever plants that are found in nature, conditions that would not allow other species to survive.

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