HHCA 2018 Calendar of Events
March 2-3 — The HHCA Annual Gathering and Meeting, Branson Towers Hotel, Branson, MO 11:00AM For more info: Gloria Asmussen 417.345.0575 email@example.com
May 3rd & 4th — Living History Days, Warsaw, MO Cedar Ridge Farm, firstname.lastname@example.org
August 4th — Ozark Empire Fair, Cattle Open Show/Highlands Gary Cheek 417.825.1515 email@example.com
Sept. 8th — 10-2PM 6th Annual Farm Trade Show-sponsored by Oregon County Soil & Water Conservation District, Alton, MO Jann & Harold Ramey, 309.251.4114 firstname.lastname@example.org
Oct. 4-5-6 Ozark FarmFest, Springfield, MO email@example.com 417.345.0575
Oct. 20 & 21—Heritage Festival, Warsaw, MO firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictures from 2017 Events
Saturday & Sunday, April 1st & 2nd, San Antonio Highland Games and Music Festival - Dick & Gail Reinap of Texowa Ranch displayed their Highland heifer Angel at this festival for the first time. There were thousands of people on Saturday and hundreds of people on Sunday. Many took pictures of Angel, and it was so interesting to see Angel pay attention to the photographers, like she was a "star." A lot of people got to scratch Angel's forehead. I had to give them some rules, cuz Angel didn't want to be surprised by a touch. This was Angel's first appearance in public. Saturday was beautiful but the storm Sunday morning left a lot of mud.
The San Antonio Highland Games and Music Festival was very impressed with the Highland display and the attendees love Angel and learned all about the Highland breed.
It was a great experience.
Saturday, April 8th was the 10th annual Tartan Day Celebration Festival at Scotland Farms of LA in Minden, LA hosted by Dr. Alan Cameron and his wife Sharon. This year was perfect, if that ever happens, but the weather was wonderful, slight breeze, beautiful sunny day and crowds of people. There were several HHCA members who attended and we really enjoyed meeting you all.
Again the Border Collie herding of the Highlands was a great and enjoyable event, the hay ride was spectacular as everyone coming off the ride spoke of the beautiful Highlands they saw in the pastures. Everyone had a wonderful day.
Saturday, April 22nd was the sixth annual HHCA Highland cattle auction. What a miserable weekend for both man and beast. It rained all day Friday as people were bringing and unloading their Highlands, it was cold too. Then Friday night it sleeted and on Sat. morning there still were piles of hail pellets all over and again it was cold and drizzling. But all the Highlands arrived at the auction in time for everyone to view them and choose who they were going to bid on.
Unfortunately the auction was a buyers auction. As we all feel our Highlands are the superior breed and should bring top $, unfortunately we too face lower prices when the market prices are lower. There were some beautiful Highland bulls there this year, but the top selling bull only sold for $3000 and the top Highland heifer sold for $3800.
We want to thank everyone who volunteered and did a wonderful job working the pens in the back and organizing all the cattle. The date for next year is April 28, 2018. Hope to see you there.
2017 HHCA Highland Cattle Auction
Highest selling Highland heifer for $3800 came from Cedar Ridge Farm of Ovid, MI owned by Larry & Sharilyn Koch.
highest selling Highland bull for $3000 at auction was HWA Eclipse from CasteView Farm owed by Daryl & Mindy MtCastle of Aracuman, OH
The Iron Thistle Festival in Yukon, OK which was held on Sat, & Sun., April 29 & 30th was a rainy cold weekend. HHCA member Alon Morrison and family of Newcastle, OK took their Highland cow and calf to the festival. Even with the rain, there were crowds of people coming to view the Highlands and feed them treats. Sunday wasn't so good of a day for Alon as he got the truck and trailer stuck in the mud so wasn't able to return, but overall they made a lot of contacts and many people certainly enjoyed seeing and learning about the Grand Ole Breed, Highland cattle.
Thank you Alon for your dedication to the promotion of the Highlands and the HHCA.
Friday, May 5th was Living History Day was held at Warsaw, MO where 300 third and fourth graders visited the 1800's viewing all kinds of historical events and learned about history of those times. The Scottish Highland Cattle were present for students to see also. Cedar Creek Farm, Tracee Riley of Preston, MO brought her two 8 month old red heifer and silver bull calves. This was the first time off the farm for these two animals so they were being socialized with the students. All the questions and comments we heard, but the calves enjoyed the day as did the students. Lots of learning outside of school.
The 11th annual Highland Seminar was held on Saturday, May 13th with 20 people either already owning Highlands or looking to purchase Highlands for their farm. The Seminar is held at Red Willow Ranch in Buffalo, MO hosted by Gloria Asmussen.
The group had some very good questions to ask and discussion was ongoing concerning handling of the animals, minerals, birthing and conformation, just to mention a few discussions.
The noon lunch entrees served were all Highland beef, chuck and arm roasts, tenderized Round steak made for a Swiss Steak entree, Highland meatballs, all beef Highland brats, and all beef Highland summer sausage. The seminar was a success with the group going away with good information.
The first Arkansas Highland Field Day was held on Friday, May 19th at the Taylor Hawk Farm in Deer, AR. A beautiful warm day to hold this event.
Presenters were Adam Willis, CEA-Staff Chair
UAEX Newton County Ag-Extension Agent-Staff Chair;
Shane Gadberry, Assistant Professor
University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture
Ruminate Nutrition Animal Science and
Kenny Simon, Associate Professor Department
University of Arkansas, Animal Science Cooperative Extension Service
Rotation Grazing. Each person presented up with information on their program. Their information was pertinent to all the members there at the field day, whether they were from the state of AR or MO.
Jacque Hawkins and her farm manager showcased one of her Highland folds as she has four bulls with a group of cows for each.
It was enjoyable having the your steers walk among us and wanted to be petted or scratched.
Lunch was provided by THE LADYBUGS of AR Extension Homemakers Council & Willa Sturdevant, Women's Committee chairman for Newton County Farm Bureau. Everyone enjoyed the field day, networking and meeting new breeders from both AR and MO.
The Highland steer checking out the speakers at the AR Highland Field Day.
Taylor Hawk farm hand shows how docile and easy going on of the mature fold sire is, loves to be groomed and spoiled. He has his fold of cows he services.
Everyone enjoying lunch and networking and making new Highland friends.
Two weekends of Renn Faire displays in Kingdom City, MO was greatly received by the crowd.
Donna and Phil Scritchfield, owners of Z Rock Ranch in Eldon, MO displayed their Highland heifer named Dawn and sold their Highland beef sticks and summer sausage at the Renn Faire for two weekends, June 3rd & 4th and June 10th & 11th. Lots of interest in the Highalnd breed, they were even able to sell a Highland bull there also. Now that's the kind of people you want to come to these festivals.
Dawn the Highland heifer meets and greet some of the Renn Faire attendees
Simon point "forward" with Dawn
Renn Faire Queen and her court feeding Dawn treats while Phillip Scritchfield informs them about all the attributes to raising Highland cattle
The HHCA summer picnic was held at Cedar Creek Farm LLC hosted by Roger & Tracee Riley of Preston, MO. Beautiful summer day, thirty plus members attended. We had a wonderful potluck lunch, food to die for, several Highland beef entrees and also some Dexter beef that was very tasty.
Members came from AR, IL, IA and MO.
The speaker was Haley Dingfelder, DVM. She is the mobile Circle D Veterinary Services for Large Animals. What an excellent speaker, she kept the group asking questions for over two hours as she had such interesting and good information to tell us. Beauford Wilson, finished up the afternoon by introducing us to the different poisious plants and weeds and how they can take over the pasture and hayland. He had hand outs on each plant as well as showing the real plants. He is very knowledgeable on plants. The picnic ended with a pasture walk as Tracee showcased her Highlands to us. What a beautiful fold they have at Cedar Creek Farm. As you look at the picture with the group standing in their pasture, it shows the beautiful grass they have for their animals. They also make there own hay on thier farm. Everyone went home learning something new.
our speaker Haley Dingfelder DVM from Circle D Veterinary Services
digging into all the good food at the picnic
Beauford Wilson explaining about the poisious plants
Showcasing the Cedar Creek Farm LLC fold of Highlands
everyone standing in the pasture looking at the fold
The two HHCA Missouri Junior members showed their Highlands at the Linn County Fair on Friday, July 14th. They did very well with both girls taking home ribbons. We are very proud of both Nikki Say and Chelsea Campopiano. In the moring they displayed their heifers for the 4-H group before the show in the evening.
Chelsea and Nikki showing their two heifers in the ring
August 2-5 were the days for the Highlands to attend the Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, MO
There were three Highland farms competing this year. Cedar Creek Farm from Preston, MO; Cheek Farm from Fair Grove, MO and Shady Oak Farm from Edwards, MO.
Two Juniors were showing animals as welll On Friday, Nikki Say from Shady Oak Farm showed in the Junior class and won Grand Champion Bull class.
Then on Saturday, in the All Other Breeds competition Chelsea Campopiano, Nikki Say and Gary Cheek competed in both the heifer and bull competition.
In the Bull competition there were only three Highland bulls competing against each other.
Grand Champion Bull was won by CC Enroll, shown by Chelsea Campopiano and owned by Tracee Riley of Cedar Creek Farm from Preston,
MO Reserve Grand Champion was won by Renegade owned and shown by Nikki Say, Shady Oak Farm, Edwards.
Third place was the bull shown by Cheek Farm and owned by Gary Cheek of Fair Grove, MO
It was an exciting day for all even tho there was a terrible rain/thunder storm right after the show.
Junior Show winner Nikki Say of Shady Oak Farm, Edwards, MO
Junior Member Chelsea Campopiano setting up Cedar Creek Ebony
Gary Cheek waiting for the judge to choose the winner of the heifer class
Chelsea Campopiano walking out with the Grand Champion bull CC Enroll owned by Cedar Creek Farm, Tracee Riley, Preston, MO
Nikki Say wins Reserve Champion bull owned and shown by herself, Shady Oaks Farm, Edwards, MO
Grand Champion bull CC Enroll with the proud owner, Tracee Riley, of Cedar Creek Farm, Preston, MO and Junior who showed him
August 10th through August 20th. All settled in on the Avenue of Breeds at the Iowa State Fair, DeMoines, IA. Display by Deardorff Highlands, owned by Clint Deardorff of Yale, IA. On display are twin heifers Sarly and Brave, born last fall. What a great opportunity to promote and educate the public at the fair.
August 10-20. All set up at Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. Displaying Highlands for 11 days are Cedar Creek Farm and Shady Oak Farm Lots of people coming to visit the Highlands at the fair. Great place to promote and educate the crowds.
August 21, 2017 Had a great time at the Jefferson City, MO Solar Eclipse event. Z Rock Ranch, from Eldon, MO was invited by the Central Missouri Renaissance Festival to display items that introduced our Heartland Highland Cattle Association to the multitudes of visitors that would be coming to visit our area for this event . People from Iowa, Arkansas California, Minnesota and several locals stopped by and visited with me and were really excited to hear about the Highland Cow hide I had on the table. Donna Scritchfield displayed many photos of Highlands and gave out information as well as sold some of her Highland beef snack sticks. They will be taking two 2yr old Heifers to Kingdom City MO for the two day Central Missouri Renaissance Festival on October 21&22 .
Weekend of August 26th was the first showing of the Taylor Hawk Highlands at the AR Fair. They took two Highland Steers to the fair. They won Grand Champion and Best of Show. They actually had their own class, so winning was great. The two 4-H children worked from March to August with the Highland steers as the children had never even been at a farm, nor less worked with cattle. I was really proud of how much work they put into this project. They had those calves loading and unloading without assistance, going into the shower stalls and grooming. One of the steers walked out in the show ring and went into his pose without assist. The judge commented that he had not in 30 years ever judged a Highland and he was very impressed. The 4-H's also set up a booth with the HHCA banner and other information. There were people all over at the cattle pens and at the HHCA booth. A great educational and promotional event.
The LadyBug 4-H group won first place in their division with their table display on Highland cattle.
Great Job with promotion.
Saturday, Sept 9th was a beautiful day for the Oregon County Farm Agriculture day in Alton, MO
High-Land Farm owned by Harold and Jann Ramey spent the day promoting the Highland breed to some 600 people who attended the event.
All set up for the event
Harold and Jann welcoming and promoting.
Thank you to Lazy R Cattle owed by Pam Ferguson and Steve Reynolds for hosting the first KS Highland Field Day Sat., Sept. 23.in Eudora, KS. A great turnout for the first event, 27 people. Was so nice meeting KS Highland breeders and networking and promoting the Highland breed with them. Also thanks to our two presenters, Randy Winchester, NRCS representative and Highland breeder and Roberta Wyckoff, KSU Extension Agent. Learned something of value from each presentation. Already have a farm who volunteered for next years event.
Pam Ferguson welcoming attendees to the event
Roberta Wyckoff, KSU Extension Agent presenting on pasture management
Randy Winchester, NCRS talking about the benefits of using his service and a Highland breeder
Highland breeders attending
October 6-7-8 was the Ozark Farm Fest in Springfield, MO. A great three day event with thousands of people attending. The weather was wonderful, perfect fall temperatures, people from AR, KS, MO, and OK stopped to learn about the Highland Breed. Jerry Delcour and Janet Melton owners of Hairy Cow Farm in Crane, MO displayed three of their yearling Highland heifers and Gary Cheek from Cheek Farm in Fair Grove, MO displayed his two heifers also. Friday was FFA day at Farmfest and there were hundreds of FFA students from schools within a 100 mile radius that attended that day. All kinds of questions from them. Saturday and Sunday were also busy with inquiries. The heifers were all tired and ready to go home, not to say the rest of us were also.
Hairy Cow Farm Highland heifers ready for everyone to come feed and pet them
Cheek Farm's white Highland heifer waiting to be groomed for the event
Gary Cheek grooming his red heifer and talking to onlookers
Groups of FFA students asking question about the breed
Wednesday, October 11th was an exciting day at Hwy. H Highland Ranch, owned by Billy and Kathy Bolch of Stoutland, MO They were visited by a group from Purdue University, a major research university located in Lafayette, Indiania. It is a Land Grant University and the College of Agriculture came to visit this Highland farm. The College of Agriculture received a $25,000 grant to explore and learn about small diverified and sustainable farming in SW Missouri. This group were on a week tour to small farms that raised all natural products from dairy farms, hog farms, sheep and goat farms, and a Highland farm.
The group consisted of IN University Extension Agents, NCRS agents, small farmers from IN that raised sheep, goats and cattle, University Agricultural professors and some students.
It was a very diversed group. Some had never seen or heard of Highlands and some had read about the breed, but never experienced them.
The afternoon went quickly with them view the fold of Highlands and Kathy and Billy explaining the breed and how they raise their grass fed, grass finished Highlands. They also told them why they raise registered, unregistered and crossbred Highlands. They talked about their beef program and how and where they sell their Highland beef. They received beef sticks as a treat.
One of the best promotional events I have attended as I (Gloria) was able to help promote the breed that afternoon too.
Saturday and Sunday October 21 & 22 was the weekend for the Heritage Festival at Warsaw, MO
Saturday was a beautiful fall day with thousands of attendees waiting in line to purchase the Highland Beef Snack Sticks, Summer Sausge and Scottish Shortbreads. They were all enjoying petting the Highland heifer named "Annabelle" owned by Shady Oak Highlands of Edwards, MO
Lots of information given about the Highland breed and many names for the informational packet on the Highland breed.
Sunday was a late start, first setting up at 10 AM as that is when the rained stopped. It was a slow but steady day of people coming to see the Highland heifer. Lots of time for petting the heifer.
Linda Say talking to attendees about her Highland heifer
The EMS people enjoying petting the Highland heifer, Annabelle.
Highland Beef Snack Sticks ready for sale
Z Rock Ranch was represented at the Kingdom City, MO Renaissance Festival on Saturday and Sunday, October 21 & 22 by their Highland heifer "Dawn". That heifer was the attraction for many people wanting to pet her and feed her treats. Philip and Donna Scritchfield of Eldon, MO promoted and networked with all the attendees informing them about the Highland breed and also sold their Highland beef sticks. It was a good weekend for promotion of the Highlands and beef.
Highland heifer "Dawn" being admired
Donna Scritchfield talking to the ladies about Highlands
Saturday, Dec. 2nd was the first Oklahoma Highland Cattle auction.
at the Sycamore Springs Exotic Auction Barn in Locust Grove, OK
There were 40 Highlands registered, unregistered and crossbred animals consigned.
There was a full house in the gallery with buyers for Highlands and exotic animals.
Prices varied, highest price for a 2 yr old Highland heifer was $1600 and for an unregistered bred cow was $1400. Overall everyone was pleased as they didn't have to feed these animals over the winter. Check the consignments and prices out on the auction website at www.highlandauction.com
For those of you who didn't attend the auction, this is a state of the arts auction facility. A huge thank you to Jerry Rush, owner and his crew, as the HHCA didn't have to do any work unloading and penning.