2013 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
HHCA members, Joe & Jackie Bisinger of Monmouth, IA attended the Jackson county, Iowa first Conservation AgStravaganza on Feb 20th. The number of booths was very good and attendance was fair, they had 22 register for their grocery prize drawing, but it was the first time, hopefully attendance will increase next year. The event was very beneficial for us to network with other grass fed beef producers. They promoted their grass fed Highland beef and gave out HHCA handouts, they were helpful in introducing people to the highland breed and its benefits.
2013 SW MO Forage Conference, Feb. 25 & 26
This is a new venue for the HHCA. They had a display exhibit at the conference to promote the Highlands as "Great Foragers".
Due to the snowstorm that occurred the evening of the 25th, we were told the attendance was down this year, but nevertheless, there was interest at our booth. People asked questions about the breed and their foraging capabilities.
an attendee signing up for the free info packet from the HHCA
The HHCA display with Jerry Delcour and daughter Jerica who helped at the booth
A new venue for the HHCA was the Arkansas Ag Expo held at Conway, AR on March 22, 23, & 24. It was the first Ag Expo held in Conway, the facilities were the fairgrounds with a huge expo building for us to be in out of the rainy and windy weather that weekend. Even with not so nice weather, the three days were busy with people coming through looking at the exhibits and vendors. We had many inquiries about the Highland cattle. It was nice to be across from the AR Cattle Association as people recognized that the Highlands were actually cattle. With a Highland Skull and hide displayed, many asked questions about the breed.
A sincere Thank You to the AR HHCA members who came and helped me with the exhibit. On Friday, Jacque Hawkins, of Taylor Hawk Farms, Deer, AR and her son Payton helped with the exhibit and Saturday, Jim Sposato of Lincoln, AR spent the day talking to attendees about his Highlands. This is a very promising venue for promotion and education of the Highland breed for any Arkansas Highland breeders. Hope to do it again next year.
Saturday, April 6th, 2013 was the ninth annual Tartan Festival at Scotland Farms of Louisiana, in Minden, LA. Dr. Cameron's fold of Highlands were in the pastures with their calves awaiting the hay wagons briinging the festival attendees to see them grazing and the fold of young yearling bulls and steers were ready for the festival in the lower pasture. They were going to be herded during the festival to the corral by the Border Collie herding dogs. What a site to see.
This was the largest festival ever for this event. They almost ran out of Highland burgers that were being served at the concession stand. There was Celtic music, Clan tents, Vendors, Belly Dancers, Highland Game demonstrations, ironworks, dog show and just about anything you wanted to see was there. It was a great time and best of all this year, Dr. Cameron made a corral area for his Highland sire and Highland cow/calf pair for people to pet and feed treats to.
Many had their pictures taken with the Highlands, especially with the dun baby bull calf.
The HHCA promoted and educated people on the Highland breed and encouraged them to eat a Highland burger, which many did and came back to tell us how good it tasted. Dr. Cameron sold alot of frozen ground beef that day and we handed out alot of his business cards for beef sales.
Thanks to Glenn Young, HHCA Board of Director for coming from Tyler, TX to help with the display and working the tent. His help gave Sybil Roberts who also attended and helped a break at times. A great time was had by all.
Glenn Young, HHCA BofD helping at the HHCA tent
Scottish folks enjoying petting the Highland cow/calf on display
Border Collies and their owner herding up the Highland Fold to cross the bridge to the corral
The Border Collies herding the young Highland cattle into the corral
Largest Tartan Festival crowd in attendance this year.
Thursday, April 18, 2013 was the day for the second Highland Cattle Auction held at Norwood Sale Barn in SW MO. A very cool, windy, and rainy day for an auction, unfortunately the weather definitely kept the buyers away. The auction had 85 head of Highlands consigned, registered ands unregistered Highlands. Unfortunately you could see that many of them came off a very hot and dry summer and not real good forage and hay from the winter as many of the animals were in poor flesh. Only three registered bulls consigned at this sale also. Many unregistered cow/calf pairs and some bred heifers and cows. The prices were low overall for the unregistered as the high registered bull sold for $1050. As one seller commented, "You can never predict the prices at the auction until the auction is over with."
2013 Highland Cattle Auction young Highland heifer
white Highland heifer
black Highland cow
one of several Highland cow/calf pairs sold at the auction
The HHCA was represented at the nineth annual Highlands in the Burg at Johnson County Fairgrounds in Warrensburg, MO on Saturday, April 20, 2013. The event hosted the Highland Games, vendors, Clan tents, food and music. The one month old Highland calf, Bliss, took the show as everyone was wanting to pet her or cuddle her. Many people had never seen a Highland calf before, so she was a hit.
Bliss getting fed by two kids who hadn't seen a Highland calf before
Noon Day Tartan Day Parade
Bliss enjoying all the attention
Afternoon seista with the girls
Saturday, May 11th the seventh Highland Seminar was held at Red Willow Farm outside of Buffalo, MO Twenty people attended the seminar coming from both MO and OK. Some people hadn't purchased Highlands yet and were seeking information and hands-ons experience and others already owned some Highlands and wanted to get more information and taste the Highland beef. Much discussion and information was exchanged and questions asked and answer.
Thanks to Greg & Sybil Roberts and Gary Cheek for helping present information to the attendees.
Attendees at the 7th annual Highland Seminar
2 month old Highland heifer named Bliss was getting to know the group and wanted her head scratched by each person.
Gary Cheek presented how he halter trains his Highlands to the group
Gloria Asmussen explains some breed characteristics and differences in her Highlands to the group.
Saturday, May 18th was the St. Andrews Society Scottish Festival in Springfield, IL. Tom Thompson from Pocahontas, IL displayed his Highland cow/calf pair at Chatham Community Park during the festival.
They were the spotlight of the festival as many people came to see what they were and others thanked Tom for bringing them as they had toured Scotland and seen them there.
The Highland Cow enjoyed receiving a treat.
A family picture taken with the Highlands
Everyone gathers around to pet the Highland cow
Saturday & Sunday, June 8th & 9th, 2013 was the third annual Heritage Festival at the Poplar Heights Farm in Butler, MO This is a new event for Highlands, as the proprietor, Brian Phillips just purchased three registered Highlands last winter for this century farm. This event brings many new people from KS and MO and the Highlands of course were a great hit. Questions were what are they? How do they take the heat? and of course, Oh, how cute they are! It was a very nice festival with around 1500 people attending and all of them stopping to pet and feed the Highland heifers.
RW Auburn & RW Almond, the two yearling heifers enjoyed getting treats at the Poplar Heights Farm Heritage festival.
Everyone especially the kids loved petting and feeding the heifers. Great way to educate the younger crowd.
HHCA Member Clint Deardorff of Yale, Iowa set up his tent at the Primal Cross fit Meleeon Saturday, June 15th. It was a competition for crossfit athletes in Waukee Iowa. They grilled up Highland burgers, and did Highland roast beef pitas as well as a little free range chicken. He also had frozen beef for sale by the cut and had all my promotional materials displayed for future customers. We absolutely killed it there! There were about 75 athletes and we sold through 20lbs of ground beef and about 20lbs of roast as well as the chicken by noon! I also sold around $250 worth of frozen beef at the end of the event. I think it was great exposure for us, this is a huge part of our target customer base. These people already eat grass fed so all I had to do is show them how much tastier highlands are! Lots of compliments on the burger and people were amazed how tender the roast meat was. They loved it. Hopefully a big jumping off point for me in the Des Moines Metro area.
Clint's set up for selling his burgers and roast beef pitas.
This was his first time serving Highland beef to the athletes.
Sounds very successful. Another way to niche market.
Great job Clint.
HideAway Farm Promotes Breed at Chicago Scots Highland Games in Itasca, IL
On June 15th, Terry & Kay Clemans provided the Chicago Scots a display of Coos from their Highland fold at the 27th annual Highland Games. This was the first time Highlands Coos were brought to the Chicago Scots games and, as Highlands always are, they were a huge hit. The Clemans' brought 4 coos, including a cow/calf pair and two yearlings, and displayed them in a 12x24 pen that was built just for this event. This was HideAway Farm's first time exhibiting part of their fold, and are pleased to report that it went very well. The Chicago Scots have already requested HideAway Farm's participation in their 28th annual event next June and HideAway Farm has enthusiastically committed. While morning rains kept some of the crowd away, to the dismay of the participants in the Celtic marketplace, an estimated 5,000 people still made it out for what turned out to be a beautiful afternoon. In true Scottish tradition, competitive events included Heavy athletics, Highland dance, rugby, youth soccer, dogs of Scotland, British car show, knobby knees, haggis toss, haggis eating, shortbread, as well as genealogy and cultural exhibits. Of course this was all done to the tunes of more than 500 pipers in the Champion supreme piping and drumming competition and in the Clan tartan parade featuring the crowning of a 2013 Chicago Scots Heather Queen and court. If that was not enough, the Whiskey tasting tent and seminars were a popular added bonus.
Terry and Kay report that they had a great time with the display and offer a big "Thank you" to Highland breeder Tommy Thompson, who provided many pointers for them as they observed his display in Springfield, IL, a few weeks prior to their event. Also a big "Thank you" to all of the breeders that have provided them with information to get started; especially Pat White and Gloria Asmussen of the Midwest and Heartland Highland Cattle Associations for helping "us rookies as we learn about this wonderful breed of cattle".
Besides offering information about the breed, the Clemans' provided kids young and old the chance to feed a Highland, and then receive a Highland hand stamp as a reminder of their visit. As with many interactions between humans and animals, there were several humorous moments. One of the funniest examples was with a young boy of about eight or nine years old. He stopped by multiple times and devoured all the information displayed about the fold and the breed. Later in the day, on about his 20th visit, he was telling a little girl of a similar age about the coos, "This is Roger, he's a five month old little bull and this is Roger's mom, Noel, she's a five year old registered cow. This red one is Liam, he's a 15 month old registered bull. This is MoonBeam, she's a 14 month old "high-fer" (and after a long pause), I don't know what a "high-fer" is". After a great chuckle, it was explained what a heifer is, which was a common question as "city folk" like us had a chance to learn about this fantastic breed.
Terry and Kay report that since this event takes place less than three miles from their home in Chicago's western suburbs, it made the potential complications of being in a major urban area easier to handle. Several of their friends and neighbors came by to help keep an eye on the crowd, which at peak times was two to three persons deep around the pen. "We can hardly wait until next year!"
Terry and Kay Clemans, with their exhibit at Chicago Scots 27th Annual Highland Games on June 15, 2013
Come to me - no me, no me first!
Folks enjoying the Highlands
HHCA 4th of July Picnic was held at Lightening Ridge Farm hosted by Dave & Ruth Embury of Willow Springs for the last time this year.
Dave and Ruth decided to let other members of the HHCA host the yearly picnic so they too could visit other farms and see their Highland Folds.
Three new members joined everyone at the picnic and a lot of discussion about Highlands was enjoyed.
There was information about the national Highland beef test being done at the University of Columbia in MO.
Also discussion about field dressing a Highland was very interesting and educational for everyone who slaughters their Highlands for beef.
There was a lot of good food at the dinner, but the best was Ruth's Highland meat balls that she serves every year.
The HHCA picnic will live on as Billy & Kathy Bolch of Stoutland, MO offered to host the HHCA picnic next year on July 4th again.
A sincere "Thank You" to Dave and Ruth for their hospitality and generosity for the past seven years as the hosts of the picnic.
David Embury measuring his yearling bulls for their height as they were discussing growth spurts in Highlands.
The two yearling bulls are 34" and 35" in height and both just turned a year old.
HHCA members networking and socializing at the picnic
Congratulations go to Gary Cheek of Cheek Farm, Fair Grove, MO and his Highland bull for receiving the Grand Champion ribbon at the Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, MO on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. Gary entered three Highlands, two dun heifers and one dun bull. He showed in the Open Breed Class and was up against Angus, and Dexter cattle. In the bull class Sambo won against a Dexter bull.
Also it was great seeing the support Gary received from HHCA members who attended the show.
Farm day at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Sedalia MO was the place to see, Bonnie, the Highland heifer on Wednesday, August 14th. Owners Jim and Luann Stovall of Smithton, MO took Bonnie to the nursing home for everyone to enjoy. Comments were:
"She is so sweet." The residents loved feeding her bread and she enjoyed every crumb.
Saturday, August 17th was a very nice day for the North Central Highland Cattle Assoc. summer picnic hosted by Four T Acres Farm in Burlington, WI. Gloria Asmussen from the HHCA attended the picnic and met many NCHCA members and saw some beautiful Highland Cattle on the Four T Acres Farm. Lunch was excellent as they served Highland burgers and many other delicious items. It was a pleasure being invited and able to attend the picnic.
Dave Larson, host of the picnic visits with several Highland breeders
Saturday, Sept. 7th was a very hot day for the SW MO Celtic Heritage Festival and Highland Games in Buffalo, MO
It was well attended with HHCA members who were volunteers at the concessions stands that were serving Celtic Foods and Smoked Highland Beef.
This is the one fundraiser that the HHCA hosts for its membership to use the funds to promote and educate people with advertising in many of the agricultural magazines throughout the states.
We want to Thank all the HHCA volunteers who came and helped.
Glenn Young from Tyler, TX, HHCA Board of Director taking a break after frying fish
Noon Day Parade at the Festival with the Bagpipers
Kathleen Collins and friend spinning for the onlookers in the Beastie Barn
Trevorrow's Happy Smoker setting up to sell Highland beef at their concession stand
Gloria Asmussen, HHCA Secretary & Festival Director is heading out to help someone at the festival
HHCA Pres. Greg Roberts and HHCA Vice-Pres. Jerry Delcour taking a break after the noon day rush discussing something rather serious
October 4,th, 5th, and 6th 2013 were three days that the Heartland Highland Cattle Association spend at the Ozark Farmfest in Springfield, MO. Not a real nice three days as it rained most of the day on Sat, cold and windy also, so the attendance was low. BUT Sunday everyone was there, everyone who didn't come out on Friday and Sat, due to the weather and then the normal Sunday attendance also. What a time we all had, many Highland breeders stopped by to chat, network, promote and just say Hello. Thanks to all of you for stopping. HHCA members from Hairy Cow Farm and Cheek Farm displayed their Highland cattle.
Many brochures and Highland auction flyers were passed out to attendees and much networking was done by members.
Hairy Cow Farm Highland calves resting in their pen.
Jerry Delcour sold all three calves, two heifers and a bull to Darrel Adamson of Mansfield, MO
Cheek Farm owner Cindy Cheek is grooming her Highland heifer that is on display at the Ozark Farmfest.
Saturday, October 12, 2013 was a nice sunny day at the Highland Field Day at Bradt's Menagerie Mammals & More petting zoo hosted by Jerad and Jode Bradt of Alva, OK. Everyone had a chance to view the Highland fold and then also enjoy the petting zoo with all the different animals and of course the Highlands too. The bull on display in the petting zoo was a real sweetheart, very laid back, docile and loved to be petted. The attendees at the field day were both HHCA members from OK and some non-member interested in learning about the Highland breed.
Jerad Bradt talking about the Highlands and how they fit well in his petting zoo
HHCA members and attendees visiting and asking questions about the Highlands after lunch.
October 19th and 20th, 2013 was a cold and windy weekend for the Heritage Festival at Warsaw, MO.
Three HHCA members, Phil & Donna Scritchfield of Eldon, MO; Sybil Roberts of Marionville, MO and Gloria Asmussen of Buffalo, MO were at the festival promoting the Highland breed and selling Highland summer sausage and Highland beef sticks. Many inquiries were where to be able to purchase the Highland beef. It was a good weekend for selling Highland beef and Highland cattle.
Thanks to Phil Scritchfield of Phil's Phun Pharm of Eldon, MO
for displaying his seven year old Highland cow, RW Tywla and her six month old bull calf Blizzard.
Phil spoke to the onlookers about his Highlands.
Blizzard, the Highland bull calf is enjoying lunch, not bashful at all in front of all the onlookers.