Weird Cow Breeds: Luing cattle


Renowned for their hardiness, the Scottish Luing cow can raise her calf under the most adverse conditions.

Weird Cow Breeds: Luing cattle

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Renowned for their hardiness, the Scottish Luing cow can raise her calf under the most adverse conditions.

The Luing cattle breed was developed in 1947 by the Cadzow brothers on the island of Luing off the west coast of Scotland.

The brothers first crossbred Beef Shorthorn with Highland cattle and then bred the resulting progeny with Beef Shorthorns - producing an animal three-quarters Beef Shorthorn, one-quarter Highland. The intent was to produce a good beef cow with the ability to raise a calf under the adverse Scottish weather conditions.

The British Government officially recognised the Luing as a breed in its own right in 1965. The beef breed is still farmed today, mainly in Scotland, but has been exported worldwide to countries including Canada, New Zealand, Australia and throughout Europe.


Breed characteristics

  • Outstanding reputation as a suckler cow breed;
  • Renowned for their hardiness, ease of handling and marbling of its meat;
  • Bred for extensive farming and easy to outwinter, requiring little supplementary feeding;
  • Holds condition in the winter;
  • Produces 9-10 calves on average;
  • Strong mothering instinct;
  • Docile;
  • Good conformation;
  • Long-living;
  • The Luing bull is considered relatively docile and is suited to hill farming.

The Sim-Luing

A Simmental/Luing cross results in the Sim-Luing. The female has proved consistently well-suited to low-ground suckler herds.

The two breeds give a cow with a good feed conversion efficiency and breeding performance. With the advantage of hybrid vigour, the Sim-Luing is good-natured with a strong maternal instinct and good milking qualities, leaving top quality calves.

More information on the breed can be found on the Luing Cattle Society website.

Photo Credit: Luing Cattle Society

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