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Shetland - Cow
UsesBeef, dairy, leather. Conservation grazing.
OriginShetland Islands, Scotland
ColourBlack, black and white or dun
ParentageProbably descended from cattle brought to the islands by the Vikings from 700- 1100AD
Shetland Cattle Breeders Association
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.