Shetland - Cow

Shetland cow

Shetland Details

Uses
Beef, dairy, leather. Conservation grazing.
Origin
Shetland Islands, Scotland
Class
Horned, dual-purpose
Colour
Black, black and white or dun
Parentage
Probably descended from cattle brought to the islands by the Vikings from 700- 1100AD
Breed Club

Shetland Cattle Breeders Association
www.shetlandcattleorg.uk

Shetland Description

The original strongholds of Shetland cattle on the Shetland Isles are Walls, Northmavine, Nesting and Fair Isle. Shetlands are a traditional multi-purpose house cow suited to smallholders that require only a couple of cows for their own use. They are a small breed and were originally utilised for milk, butter and beef and as draught cattle. The Shetland is ideal for low maintenance rearing and suited to poor grazing.

Herd book formed in 1911.
The Shetland Cattle Breeders Association was formed in 2000.


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