Highland Cattle Sales
Hairy cows were the order of the day yesterday at the Highland Cattle Sales just up the road from us here at Cologin.
Highland cattle, instantly recognisable with their long horns and flowing coats, spread from the west of Scotland throughout the world. Written records go back to the 18th century and the Highland Cattle Herd Book, first published in 1885, lists pedigrees since that time. This year it’s the Highland Cattle Society’s 150th anniversary and the February bull sale in Oban was another record breaking show.
The Highlander cattle were certainly better dressed for the weather than their owners as snow showers fell throughout the auction weekend and made conditions tricky for two legged competitors! Poor John MacGregor had frozen fingers struggling to take photos in the snow – but his efforts were rewarded as this shot of three-year-old bull, Eoin Mhor 17th of Mottistone – a successful show winner last year – captures the day beautifully. This bull sold for 10,000 guineas. (Check out all John’s photo and purchase from his site.)
As usual we had many farmers and breeders staying at Cologin and it was lovely to welcome back regulars from the islanders and further afield. The Highland Cattle Society (HCS) runs twice yearly bull sales in Oban every February and October. The next sale will be the 7th/8th October but this is not nearly as big an event as the February sales.
If you are lucky enough to be staying at Cologin during a Highland Cattle Sale then do go and see the beasts on viewing day. It’s open to all and as long as you don’t make a nuisance of yourself then you will be made welcome. And for all things Highland, the HCS had an online shop selling everything from cushions to mugs adorned with lovely images of Hairy Highlanders.