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Highland cattle, with their long horns and flowing coats, have spread from the west of Scotland and are instantly recognisable throughout the world. Written records go back to the 18th century and the Highland Cattle Herd Book, first published in 1885, lists pedigrees since that time.

In the British Isles folds are found from the furthest south to the extreme north on many different types of ground varying from the slopes of the Sussex Downs and the fenlands of East Anglia, to the windswept machars of the Outer Hebrides. 

New folds, as herds of Highlanders are known, are founded every year both at home and abroad and in recent years Highland Cattle societies have been started in Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Holland, Finland, France, Switzerland and Norway. There are Highlanders in Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Estonia, USA, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Poland, and the Faroe Islands.

Mottistone Fold Dispersal

The Mottistone Fold is holding a dispersal sale of all its present and future Highland cattle pedigree breeding stock at United Auctions, Stirling, on Saturday, 12th September 2020. 

The dispersal will be a rare opportunity for established, new or potential Highland breeders to purchase new quality stock.  The catalogue will have a significant element of Oban and other major Champions, or their daughters.  It will contain some 40 cows in calf with calves at foot, plus in-calf heifers, and 2 year old and yearling heifers.

The Mottistone Fold has had a significant presence at major Highland Shows and Sales over the last 14 years including four Craig Sellar Cup winners for the Oban Champion Bull.  Last year it won the Highland Cattle Society's National Award for the best larger fold.

Owner, Michael Poland, states:  "I will be desperately sorry to say goodbye to my stock.  They have played a major roll in my life over the last 20 years.  I have come to regard them as my friends!  I will be 83 in August and I fully realise that I am losing my touch and slowing up.  Regretfully none of my family have expressed an interest in continuing with them."

The Mottistone Fold has a special website for the dispersal which will be updated monthly.








Autumn Sale October 12, 2020

27 July 2020

Schedule of the 123rd Annual Autumn Sale (held under the auspices of the Highland Cattle Society) Oban Livestock Centre, Oban, Argyll, PA34 4SD T: 01631 570631 Auctioneers – United Auctions, Stirling. The Highland Cattle Society - Stirling Agricultural Centre, Stirling FK9 4RN, T: 01786 4468...

Beef 2020 Report

04 December 2015

The Beef 2020 Report has been released. Executive Summary The group’s vision of the Scottish beef supply chain is: “A confident market driven grass based cattle industry using leading edge technologies capable of delivering profitably to the home and world market high provenance, quality beef...

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