What is a Highland Coo?

Research ON THE FIELD today with Hilary and Bernard Barker of Mid-Torrie Farm in Callander, Scotland. They graciously spent a few hours with us, sharing their 36 years of experience in raising Longhorn Highland Coo (gaelic for cow). They had a calf that was just born 22 hrs old, it licked Rene’s hand. Linda brushed a Highland coo out in the field….YES they have very long horns, but these coo have been handled while young and they obviously trusted Hilary and Bernard. Their inquisitive noses tried to search our pockets for treats, and they bent their heads low to the ground while being brushed.  AGAIN, MORE, DONT STOP.  It was very windy today and cold, so afterwards we retreated to their house for tea and shortbread. Bernard then showed us the treasures that he had dug up from a recent renovation on the land…old coins, pipes, buckles. So much history in Scotland. 

Check out their website. They have a holiday cottage rental, beef sales and beautiful Highland Coo Art by Hilary

www.barkershighlandbeef.co.uk www.highlandcowart.com

This photo features “Roddy” short for Roderick.  He is an 8 year old bull.  Notice the horns. The bulls have the shorter horns that point forward. The cows have the extra long horns that point upward.

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  1. Brigid Gallagher January 26, 2017 @ 2:28 am

    I spent the first year of my life in Callander. As a child there was a sweet maufacturer who made Highland toffee bars with a Highland coo on the paper . it was incredibly popular but very bad for teeth!

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