My family have always been in farming and
they have a long history in
Highland Cattle. My father kept a herd of highland cattle until
my great uncle,John Christie,owned the famous Gartlea Fold close
We bought our first highlanders in 1987 (3
heifers from Cladich) and the
Craigowmill Fold expanded to nearly 200 cows at one time. More
have reduced the Fold to 45 cows to accommodate the same number
pedigree Angus and a small herd of Beef Shorthorns.
I believe that Highland Cattle should be hardy
and able to live on a low
quality diet and I do not like to see overfit cattle. They are
convert low quality forage into high quality beef which gives
unique place in the cattle hierarchy.
Our breeding policy is to produce large attractive
females which give
birth easily and whose calves will grow quickly. The Breed needs
more commercial to appeal to farmers and broaden our market so
Highlanders have a commercial value to support prices.
I am very honoured to have been asked to judge
the Virtual Show 2016 and I
am looking forward to looking at the best cattle from all over
Please send in lots of entries!!"