Highlands require a minimum of management and care.  They do not require barn housing and they forage readily where feed is sparse.

As browsers and brush clearers Highlands are unsurpassed, eating what other cattle pass up.

The Highland's double coat of hair and natural hardiness allows them to out-winter easier and cheaper than other breeds.  Their feed intake does not increase until 18 degrees F as compared to 32 degrees F for most breeds.

This breed adapts to many climates, shedding much of their hair in warmer temperatures.

Despite their long horns, they are gentle and easily handled.  They are noted for their quiet dispositions, superior intelligence and do not stress easily.  Even older bulls tend to be calm and easy-going.