Poll or horned? -
THe Poll Highland is exactly the same as the horned highland - but without the horns
We register "poll" "horned" "MIniature" highlands
The Poll Highland Cattle Society Inc. began in 2015 after many horned highland breeders found the attraction of breeding the poll highland. The poll highlands or dehorned highlands are much easier to handle in the yards for humans and cattle. They are a gentle breed most of the time and without the horns it gives breeders more confidence. The new health and safety rules and regulations within Australia will make it more difficult to send horned cattle to markets, abattoirs and cattle shows without removing the horns.
The Poll Highland Cattle Society Inc. also registers horned and miniature highlands to meet the demand.
The highland is not a huge breed in comparison to other larger breeds but certainly meet their targets with the beef market, producing marbled meat and good weight for size ratios.
The height is measured always from the top of the hip bone (please see the Miniature section for the description). The average height of a highland is anything over 48 inches and that can reach up to about 53 inches or more in a large framed bull.
The Miniature Highland is under 42 inches but this size is more difficult to find and to breed! All of these measurements are taken from the top of the hip bone. The Mid-size highlands height is between 42 inches and 48 inches and are very popular competing with the other small breeds. Smaller animals mean more numbers on your property and less impact on your land compared to the larger breeds. Anythothing over 48 inches is regarded as a standard size in all breeds of cattle.
The Horned Highland: Is the standard highland, with the beautiful large horns giving them the majestic look of ancient England. The horns are an inhereited gene and are the "Standard Highland."
The Poll Highland is exactly the same as a horned highlands, but without the horns! By using a poll highland bull over horned highland is a quick way to reach your target to breed the poll highland. If you use a Ph bull with a horned highland then you will have 50% poll and 50% horned offspring.
If you use a Pp bull , you will have 100% poll. If you have any horned females, then dehorn your horned females and keep them in your folds as breeder (the offspring will be ph).
The highland has two coats of hair, shedding the long coat in summer and regrowing for winter warmth.
They have a dossan (a long tuft of hair) from the top of their head.
The body barrel is deep with a reasonable long body.
Legs are not long and should stand squarely on all four legs.
The choice is here now, you can have a highland with large horns, you can have a poll highland or you can have miniature highland.
The choice is yours!
We started our new society for one simple reason, there was an interest in breeding the Highland without the horns, so we are very pleased to say our new Society began on the 3rd August 2015. So you now have a choice, with horns or without horns.
Our website offers free advertising to our members for anything cattle/farm related. In our “Welcome Pack” we provide information that you will need. Yearly membership is $125 plus, for the first year only, $100 joining fee.
Rules and Regulations:
Our Society follows the model rules of the incorporated act and we have our own registration rules similar to most other cattle societies. Please feel free to contact us if you need to clarify anything with us.
Our Society provides registrations for poll, horned and miniature highland cattle.
The grading begins at
A = (1/2) for 1st cross can either bull or cow. Eg, use a pure Highland bull or pure highland cow with other breed
B = (3/4) for 2nd cross (Must use a pure Highland Bull)
C = (7/8) for 3rd cross and (Must Use a Pure Highland Bull)
P = for Purebred
Registration Recognition: Our Society accepts other Highland Society pedigrees providing the regulations agree with our society for a low fee of $10. Or you can register your Highlands with our Society for $25.
If your cattle are not registered, you may have them inspected.
A cattle inspection fee is $25 and a registration fee is $25.
If you need any further information or clarification please don’t hesitate to contact us.
The Poll Highland Cattle Society has a place in the cattle breeding industry because people love highlands, poll, horned or miniature.
Poll Highland Cattle Society Inc.
Thank you to our
President - Julia Webster
Vice President - Gavin Fletcher
Treasurer - Glenn Constable
Assistant Treasurer - Noni Cook
Merchandise Officer - Berengere Sutherland
Other council members are -
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