Date: July, 2014
Location: Sligachan, Scotland, United Kingdom
Heilan Coos are a Scottish breed of cattle with long horns and long wavy coats. The breed was developed in the Scottish Highlands and the Western Isles. Breeding stock has been exported to the rest of the world, especially Australia and North America, since the early 20th Century. Highlands are known as a hardy breed due to the rugged nature of their native Scottish Highlands, with high rainfall and very strong winds. Highland cattle have been successfully established in many temperate countries and in countries where winters are substantially colder than Scotland’s such as in central Europe and Canada. Their hair gives protection during the cold winters and their skill in looking for food allows them to survive in steep mountain areas. They both graze and browse, eating plants which many other cattle avoid. For show purposes Heilan Coos are sometimes groomed with oils and conditioners to give their coats a fluffy appearance. This appearance is more apparent in calves leading some outside the industry to call them fluffy cows.