These cattle are part of our fold of Pedigree Highland Cattle. Within the fold we have a bull, cows, heifers, steers and calves.
Fold – The collective name for a group of highland cattle is a fold. The word ‘fold’ dates back to the olden days in Scotland when highland cattle were brought into an open stone shelter at night called a fold. This protected them from the weather and wolves.
Bull – A bull is a mature male animal used for breeding;
Cow – A cow is a female animal that has had at least one calf;
Heifer – A heifer is a female animal not old enough to have calves;
Steer – A steer is a male animal that has been castrated;
Calf – A young animal under a year old.
Names and Numbers
Our cattle have ear tags with unique numbers and passports as required by DEFRA. All our cattle are registered with the Highland Cattle Society and our female animals have a certificate showing their family history. All female cattle are given names soon after birth. Different owners have different naming conventions. Our method is to give the calf a name that starts with the same letter as the first letter of the mother’s name. All highland cattle born at Barr Farm have a ‘surname’ of ‘of Doodale’ – our selected fold name.