Have i Got Moos for you

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To my eye these Highland Cattle definitely have a frayed look. Their shaggy coats are of course designed to fend off the bitter rain-filled gales of their West of Scotland homeland. They are also one of Britain’s oldest breeds, and all-round tough guys. They are long-lived; they thrive on the poorest grazing, and cows produce  up to 15 calves in their lifetime. This sturdy durability also explains why the breed has been exported world-wide – even to the barren uplands of the Andes. This bunch, however, is having a very cushy life in Much Wenlock, both weather- and food-wise. It’s nice to come upon them on our walks around the town’s surrounding fields. You never know where they will be next, which is a cause of much a-moos-ement on the part of the Team Leader aka Graham, who has formed a deep affection for the great, hairy beasties. (We simple souls are easily pleased out here in the shires.)

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For more info: The Highland Cattle Society

 

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48 thoughts on “Have i Got Moos for you

  1. I love these cows…and yes they definitely look frayed. And rats…I just realized I had a photo of not the real cow but a sculpture of one made out of grass that would have been perfect!!

  2. Had never seen one before! They are truly beautiful…and the calves are adorable with their “hairdo”! Thanks for sharing these great pictures.

    1. They are great aren’t they, Tiny. I’m sudden seeing a calf and Bumble nose to nose. They have coordinating colours and woolliness. Now what might they get up to…

  3. That last one does look like a cuddly teddybear….great combo of both challenges. Some farmers in my area (highlands of Virginia) had Scottish highland cattle but were complaining that they eat much more hay than other cattle breeds during the winter. I always enjoy seeing them; there’s something much more wild, primeval in their looks than the short-haired breeds.

    1. Yes, you’re right, Annette. They’re wild and rugged types. They don’t seem quite so domesticated as more familiar breed; not so interfered with perhaps, breeding-wise. Interesting that they need more hay. They were certainly chomping through piles of it in the winter.

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