Highland Cattle Company started from several long conversations while driving the country side, dreaming of someday owning our own acreage. We wondered... “Why has there been a trending exit of young generations moving away from family farms and ranches? Why has there been a decrease in locally produced, sustainable farming and ranching that takes into account our health, our livestock, our produce and our land? Why does eating healthy, lean and clean have to be out of reach for most families?
We started researching, asked lots of questions and challenged many methods. Soon, we were lead to pray about becoming a part of the answers to our questions. Several months later we bought land in Pauls Valley, OK… packed up our city life and traded it for country life. I moved the wife, kids & our dog to a tiny existing farm house and we began preparing the land. Not long after, we started adding Scottish Highland cows to our acreage. An added cow here and there, then become a heard. Now called, Highland Cattle Co.
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 was 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 – Highland. In addition to red and black, yellow, dun, white, brindle and silver are also considered traditional colors.
This “Grande Old Breed” can be traced to the first herd book being published in 1885 by the Highland Cattle Society in Scotland. Archaeological evidence of the Highland breed goes back to the sixth century, with written records existing from the twelfth century. The first recorded importation into the United States occurred in the late 1890’s when western cattlemen recognized the need to improve the hardiness of their herds. Earlier importations are likely to have occurred since large numbers of Scotch/Irish immigrants came to this country early on but the absence of a registry precludes any definite proof. The American Highland Cattle Association registry was formed in 1948. (Information courtesy of American Highland Cattle Association)
Our ranch is located on one of the many hills that make up Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. The land is a perfect balance of space to raise our herd. There is 14 acres of established native Pecan, Hickory, and Oak Trees and two natural fed ponds for cooling down in the hot dry months. The rest of the 60 acres is Bermuda Grass with other native grass mixed in for natural free range goodness. As mentioned before, we use no chemicals on our pasture. We take pride in raising our herd in the most natural way possible, while maintaining a safe, happy and healthy environment.
(Highlands that are raised in a humane manner without any added hormones, anabolic steroids or sub-therapeutic feed antibiotics sign a contract that states they will follow appropriate protocol in naturally raising, finishing and processing their beef.)
Once a highland has been closely monitored and meets the standards for the (QHB) Quality Highland Beef program, we transfer it to Country Home Meats in Edmond Ok on the morning of the harvest date. Country Home Meats is a USDA inspected processor that performs humane harvesting. All meat is Dry Aged for a minimum of 14 days before it is processed into cuts of beef for your table. All beef is individually freezer wrapped, weighed and marked with type of cut. Your Highland Beef will be picked up from CHM and delivered to your home, or picked up from our location in Pauls Valley.
Lean, Local, Grass not Grain. If you don't like it we will buy it back or replace it.
To provide our friends with healthy, ALL Natural, free range, grass fed, grass finished, lean, flavorful beef, without harmful or added junk chemicals.
Highland beef is UNMATCHED in quality & is the exclusive beef of the Royal Family in England. Highland cattle mature slower than other breeds & thus have a more tender, flavorful meat. In addition, their long hair eliminates the need for an outside layer of fat so that the fat they have is marbled in the meat resulting in a very succulent cut of beef. A study by the Scottish Agricultural College determined that Highland beef is lower in fat & cholesterol & higher in protein & iron than other beef breeds, & can be compared nutritionally to chicken & salmon.
We harvest only grass fed and grass finished beef. No hormones, no antibiotics, no GMO's, no chemical sprays or fertilizers in our pastures.
Our Beef is:
- SUPER LEAN
- OKLAHOMA GROWN
- ALL NATURAL
- GRASS FED, GRASS FINISHED
- LOW IN CHOLESTEROL
- HIGH IN OMEGA 3
- HIGH IN PROTEIN
- FREE OF ANTIBIOTICS,
- FREE OF ANIMAL BY-PRODUCTS
- FREE OF ARTIFICIAL HORMONES
- FREE OF CHEMICAL PESTICIDES
We offer a wide variety of products and packages. You can pick up locally at our office location in Pauls Valley, OK or we deliver to your home for free to the following towns: Edmond, Guthrie, Arcadia, Piedmont, Yukon, Mustang, Okc, Tuttle, Norman, Blanchard, Washington, Purcell, Wayne, Paoli, Stratford, Wyneewood, Maysville, Elmore City, Davis, Lindsey, Sulphur.