The Scottish Highland breed is special. Here's why:
Nutritional value: Studies done by the Scottish Agricultural College on Scottish Highland beef have shown more than 25% less cholesterol and more than 60% less fat than other beef breeds, while Scottish Highland cattle also have higher levels of protein compared to other meats.
FAT (g/100g) Highland Beef 4.2 Other Beef 10.52 Chicken (breast) 15.75 Pork 14.95 PROTEIN (g/100g) Highland Beef 20.7 Other Beef 20.60 Chicken (breast) 14.73 Pork 18.95
Animal health: The free-range environment at Ardent Acres coupled with the genetic characteristics of Scottish Highlands results in cattle that are more resistant to ailments that plague feedlot beef. This results in healthier animals and the reduced need for veterinary chemicals and antibiotics.
Shaggy coat: A Highland's hairy coat reduces the amount of fat needed to stay warm in winter. This results in a lower fat product for the consumer and less trimming waste at processing time.
Disposition: Scottish Highland cattle grow slower than commercialized breeds but the wait is worth it. Their mellow disposition means low-stress handling for both cattle and farmer. Low stress animals produce meat that is more tender and tasty.