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Bull Weathervane – Scottish Highland

Scottish Highland Bull Weather Vane



This Scottish Highland Bull Weathervane was commissioned as one of a pair to be given as gifts. Our customer also ordered a Scottish Highland Cow.
This bull has been heavily textured with custom designed hammers to mimic the shaggy long coat distinctive to the breed. It has brown glass eyes with black pupils to make it as realistic as possible. We also offer optional gold leafing on the bull’s horns which will highlight them as the copper weathers to a dark chocolate brown color. In our cattle selection we have several other Cow and Bull Weather Vanes, please contact us if you aren’t seeing the breed you want. It could exist in our archive. We can inscribe a brand to make it a one-of-a-kind sculpture piece and/or put the name of your business on a custom designed arrow fletching.

This ancient Scottish breed of cattle is known for their shaggy coats and long horns. They are known as a hardy breed due to the rugged weather and terrain of their native Scottish Highlands, with high rainfall and strong winds. Highland cattle have been successfully established in many temperate countries and indeed in countries where winters are substantially colder than Scotland’s including central Europe and Canada. Their hair provides protection during the cold winters and their skill in browsing for food enables them to survive in steep mountain areas. They both graze and browse and eat plants which many other cattle avoid. The meat tends to be leaner than most beef because Highlands get most of their insulation from their thick shaggy hair rather than subcutaneous fat. As such, Highland cattle are able to produce beef at a reasonable gross margin from inhospitable land that would otherwise normally be incapable of rendering a profit agriculturally. Whilst the UK domestic and worldwide popularity of Highland cattle has made trade in pedigree beasts occasionally the most lucrative – mainly on account of their handsome appearance – they are at their best agriculturally when used to produce beef in a cold climate from poor pasture and forage. Although groups of cattle are generally called herds, a group of Highlands is known as a fold.