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Registered Highland Cattle


The Highland breed has lived for centuries in the rugged remote Scottish Highlands. The extremely harsh conditions created a process of natural selection, where only the fittest and most adaptable animals survived to carry on the breed. Traceable as the first identified cattle breed in 1885, the rugged highland has been a favorite for the small northern farmer, especially those with new or marginal pasturage.


We chose Highlanders for their remarkable independence, docile nature, and uncommon beef quality.  Due to the double hair coat, this breed does not need a heavy layer of backfat for insulation. This allows the animal to marble naturally on low input forage while producing lean, low fat, high quality cuts of beef.


The double hair coat (long, coarse outer layer and soft wooly inner layer) is one of the most notable differences between Highlanders and other breeds. The coat reduces the need for expensive barns and shelters.


Highlanders shed out earlier in the spring and produce less hair in a warmer climate, making them suitable for a variety of environments. In addition, to red and black, yellow, dun, white, brindle and silver are also considered traditional colors.


Flat Rock Farm periodically has open heifers and young bulls available for sale, with or without registration.  We are members of both the American and North East Highland Cattle Associations.


American Highland Cattle Association:

North East Highland Cattle Association:


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