Friday, 30 September 2011
Scottish Highland Cattle have become increasingly popular over the years, especially for smaller landholders.
Smaller framed cattle, they combine beauty and majesty with their long horns and shaggy coats, and can make marvellous, loving pets.
They are also excellent mothers and have beautiful, tasty, highly marbled, tender meat. Bred to the rugged Highland conditions, foraging is natural to them, and they thrive equally on lush pastureland and rough country. What’s more in recent years Scottish Highland Cattle have become increasingly popular in New Zealand.
Doug and Jenny Sheldon run more than 120 Highland Cattle on 220 steep acres in Kaukapakapa. They established their fold with five animals in 2005 and have been active in showing their cattle, especially at the Warkworth, Helensville, Kumeu, Franklin and Easter Shows.
Keen members of the NZ Highland Cattle Society, Doug has been an active member of the NZHCS Council since 2008. His special interest is in the purity of the breed and improving it with careful selection of bulls. Now the Sheldon’s are holding their first on-farm annual auction on Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 11am. See their advertisementon on page 4 for details.