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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.









30 April 2020

Dear Member, Animal Health Trust, our current laboratory tester for Bull DNA testing has ceased testing service with effect from 31 March 2020. There is no date for re-starting this service. As a result, the Society has procured the services of Neogen Corporation to undertake Bull DNA Testing ...


06 April 2020

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) In view of Government advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have closed the Society’s offices until further notice. Staff are working remotely from home and have full access to the HCS database and all electronic files. Members are urged to continue to register cattle but...

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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