How They Are Raised
Scottish Highland Cattle are the oldest registered breed in the world and we take care to ensure they are raised as traditionally as possible. Our approach starts with the basic idea that to get the most of this breed; to maximize the health benefits and flavor of the meat, one should raise these animals as close to the way they have been raised over the centuries as possible. In other words, these are not black angus cattle with horns and long hair. They are an unique breed with unique needs. So we allow them to be what they are naturally, in elements they enjoy, eating the food they enjoy.
Scottish Highland Cattle are ideally suited for life in Oregon’s Willamette Valley - a harsh climate they enjoy living in. With mild, wet winters followed by comfortable summers, pastures and forests can sustain these varied grazers throughout the year on a natural diet. Our farm features both open grassland areas as well as wooded, hilly terrain for the herd to wander through. Through rain, sleet and snow, our herd has quietly grown from one Highland cow over two decades ago to 120 head today.
What others may think of as poor pasture or fodder, our cattle are raised exclusively on grass and grass hay for their lifetime because this is the food they thrive on the most. Grazing on these natural, grass diets without the supplement of grain gives our Scottish Highland beef a flavor profile and richness that is often touted among the most desired cuts of beef in the world. Their two layers of hair help them stay warm in the winter months, meaning that they do not need to develop an extra layer of fat to fend off the cold winter weather. We allow our naturally grazing herd an extra year of growth to reach market weight and we never finish them on anything except grass and grass hay.
Their resistance to most common ailments of cattle in the northwest also means that we don't utilize sub-therapeutic antibiotics to maintain their health. Nor do we use hormones or steroids on our herd. We are committed to naturally raising our cows and cattle and allowing them to grow at a natural rate, with plenty of room to roam.
Highland Beef Nutritional Benefits
Due to the traditional raising methods of Highland Cattle, this grass fed beef is more nutrient rich and healthier than typical commercial beef and other meats.