Apart from being an iconic native breed, Highland cattle perform an important role in conservation, restoration and habitat management. They are extremely hardy and can live in the harshest conditions, browsing on rough, otherwise unproductive uplands making them ideally suited to the land, climate and habitats of Kilchoan.
Their browsing habits and light weight make them ideal for grazing Sites of Special Scientific Interest, establishing hay meadows, opening forest floors and regenerating heather moorland. They are broad-spectrum browsing herbivores which means their diet is not confined solely to grasses.
The Kilchoan Fold of Highland Cattle was founded in 2015 when the owner selected the foundation stock of breeding heifers from the Cladich Fold. Kilchoan’s foundation fold was built on four very different but old bloodlines. Lady Jane Campbell can trace her breeding back to the well-established Lady Whites of Balmoral; Lucilla Mor has Auchnacraig breeding from Mull; Princess Mairi 3rd is descended from the renowned Douneside bloodlines and finally Ellitt, who can trace her ancestors back to the Pennygown Fold, again from Mull.
Whilst the cachet of “bred from past prize winners” is an excellent start, we intend to build on this and breed Highland cattle that are equally pleasing to the eye here at Kilchoan. It is our intention to have cattle that are of the West Coast type with a good top line, a good gait and in the females, a sweet face.