Cow Camp 2015
Sponsored by: Midwest Highland Cattle Association
Date: July 10th -12th
Host: Maple Hill Highlands
6709 170th Ave. Stanwood, MI 49346
We would like to invite your family to COW CAMP. We are in the planning stages, but as always we will have volunteer instructors who will help with showmanship and fitting,
COW CAMP is always fun and educational. Our goal is to better prepare our juniors for a successful show career, while increasing their confidence in handling techniques with their animals. We want to see the kids not only show, but to know what it takes to care for their animals!
COW CAMP is meant to be a family event. A parent or guardian is required, we are not responsible for your child.
Camping is encouraged. Campers can be brought in early and picked up late. Please bring a generator for electric for your camper as our electric service can not handle the air conditioners.
If you bring your own animals, please bring everything you will need to care for them.“Loaner” cows will be available if you can't bring your own animals. You will be expected to care for your “loaner” during COW CAMP. We ask that bulls are not brought to COW CAMP.
If you bring animals from out of state please have the proper health papers for admittance into Michigan.
COW CAMP is a free event, however donations are encouraged and appreciated. Meals are provided. You must be a member of the Midwest Highland Cattle Association, or sponsored by a member farm.
A membership lunch is planned for Saturday. If you wish to attend, please bring a dish to pass, a chair and come watch the kids!
Forms to sign up for COW CAMP are available on the Midwest web site. Please mail them to me at the above address as soon as possible so we know how many people to plan for.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!
Another great show at Denver this year; with standouts from 2015 Midwest Members. Congratulations to local Midwest members Skye High Farms, Dundonald Farm and LEA-White Farms for a job well done. Dundonald Farm was awarded Best Pair of Bulls during Thursday nights Jackpot classes, while in the open show Friday, Skye High Farms took home Champion and Reserve Junior Bull Calf, and a blue ribbon for a March Junior yearling heifer. Skye High Farms also tied for Premier Breeder during the open show, and tied for High Selling Bull during the Auction with Skye High Convoy. LEA-White Farms took home a Reserve Champion Senior Heifer Calf and a Reserve Senior Bull. Junior member Paige Proctor won Champion Junior Breeding Heifer as well as Champion Intermediate Showman and Supreme Champion showman. Junior member Ginny MIller was awarded Champion Senior Showman. Complete results are available at
Champion Junior Bull Calf and High selling Bull Skye High Convoy
Paige Proctor, Supreme Champion Showman with her Junior Breeding Heifer Champion Windemere Alibi
Ginny Miller Senior Champion Showman, in action.
The Midwest Highland Cattle Association serves Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio as a regional affiliate of the American Highland Cattle Association.
The goals of the Midwest Highland Cattle Association are to:
Highland Cattle draw a crowd wherever they are found. Highlands are an old breed whose time has come. With the ability to thrive in less than ideal circumstances, outstanding mothering instincts, longevity, and very low calf mortality, they are the type of beef animal that is in demand for today’s market.
The Highland breed has lived for centuries in the rugged remote Scottish Highlands. The extremely harsh conditions created a process of natural selection, where only the fittest and most adaptable animals survived to carry on the breed. Originally there were two distinct classes: the slightly smaller and usually black Kyloe, whose primary domain was the islands off the west coast of northern Scotland; the other, a larger animal generally reddish in color, whose territory was the remote Highlands of Scotland. Today both of these strains are regarded as one breed - the Highland. In addition to the original strains, yellow, dun, white, brindle and silver are also considered traditional colors.
The first Highland herd book was published in Scotland in 1884. Although the Shorthorn, Hereford and Angus herd books were all published many years prior to that of the Highland breed, there is little doubt that Highlands are probably the oldest recognizable breed of cattle in the world. Importations to the USA and Canada began in the late 1800's. Today Highlands are found throughout North America, as well as in Europe, Australia and South America.
Highlands require little in the way of shelter, feed supplements, or expensive grain to achieve and maintain good condition. Cold weather and snow have little effect on them. They are raised as far north as Alaska and the Scandinavian countries. They also adapt fairly well to more southerly climates with successful herds as far south as Texas and Georgia. Less than ideal pasture or range land is another reason to consider the Highland breed. These cattle are excellent browsers, able to clear a brush lot with speed and efficiency. Despite long horns and an unusual appearance, Highlands are even-tempered, bulls as well as cows. They can be halter trained easily.
The business end of any beef animal is the amount and quality of the beef it produces. Today’s market demands lean, premium meat. The Highland carcass is ideally suited to meet this challenge. Highland beef is meat that is lean, well marbled and flavorful with little outside waste fat (they are insulated by long hair rather than a thick layer of fat). Highland and Highland crosses have graded in the top of their respective classes at the prestigious National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. In the British Isles, Highland beef is recognized as the finest available and fetches premium prices. The British Royal family keeps a large herd of Highlands at Balmoral Castle, near Braemar, Scotland, and considers them their beef animal of choice.
Today’s cattle market is demanding. Regardless of whether you are a small farm with only a few head or a large ranch with hundreds, your objective should be the same … to produce a fine cut of beef with as little effort and expense as possible. Highlands are the breed to help you do this. Whether your interest is in purebreds or cross breeding, we are confident that the Highland will improve your bottom line.
The Highland is a unique and beautiful animal … truly "the breed apart."