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A very small selection of our favourite Highland Cattle that made it all possible.

Cattle Studs abound throughout the world. Many measure the performance of their cattle by weight gains, fat and muscle scans. These are very important criteria which must be used in conjunction with conformation and structure.

Apart from the above there is a need to promote the breed. Shows are an integral part of promotions as well as allowing the stud owner to visually compare his stock against that of the other competitors.

Before retiring from the show circuit Cruachan Highland Cattle took part in major shows from 1991 to 1998 .

Wins included winning both male and female champions at Adelaide Royal and Melbourne Royal two years in a row (1996 & 1997).

The highlight for Cruachan Highland Cattle was to make Australian History with the first Highland Bull to be awarded an Interbreed Champion at a Royal Show in Australia. Tearlach of Cruachan was awarded Interbreed Champion Bull ‘C’ group beef breeds at the Royal Melbourne Show 1998.

It is an achievement to be proud of, and one which my children share in. All the show animals were prepared and shown by my children ... Ross, Shannyn, Kimberly & Catriona. They deserve the credit for all their hard work. Without their support we may never have achieved such consistent placings during our years of showing.

Imported from New Zealand in 1989 at 8 months old. Mointeag was the dam of Claymore, Peinnteag, James, Gaolach and Tearlach.

1991

Our first expedition to the show ring. Since then, our cattle have won hundreds of ribbons at local and major national shows covering an area over three states and a radius of 900 kilometers from home.

1992

Claymore of Cruachan

  • Australian Highland Cattle Society Winter Show, Grand Champion Bull.

1993

Claymore of Cruachan

  • Royal Melbourne Show, Grand Champion Bull and Supreme Highland Exhibit. The first win at a Royal Show.

1994

Peinnteag of Cruachan

  • Royal Melbourne Show, Grand Champion Female.

James of Cruachan

  • Junior & Grand Champion Bull, Australian Highland Cattle Society Show.

1995

Awarded the "hat trick"in 1995.
Supreme Highland Exhibit at three major shows Royal Adelaide Show, Royal Melbourne Show, and the Australian Highland Cattle Society Show.
100% Scottish bloodlines.

1995

James of Cruachan

  • Australian Highland Cattle Society Winter Show, Grand Champion Bull and Supreme Highland Exhibit.
  • Royal Adelaide Show, Grand Champion Bull and Supreme Highland Exhibit.
  • Royal Melbourne Show, Grand Champion Bull and Supreme Highland Exhibit.

Gaolach of Cruachan

  • Royal Adelaide Show, Champion Female.
  • Royal Melbourne Show, Reserve Champion Female.

1996

James of Cruachan at 42 months

1996

James of Cruachan

  • Royal Adelaide Show, Grand Champion Bull and Supreme Highland Exhibit.
  • Royal Melbourne Show, Reserve Champion Bull. (beaten by his half brother Tearlach, see below.)

Ban-Laoch of Cruachan

  • Royal Adelaide Show, Grand Champion Female.
  • Royal Melbourne Show, Grand Champion Female and Supreme Highland Exhibit.

Tearlach of Cruachan

  • Royal Melbourne Show, Grand Champion Bull.

First outing for "Charlie", as he was affectionately known and the first of many great wins for this bull.

Charlie at 12 months, weighing 508kg. which is a great weight for a young Highland Bull.

1997

Ban-Laoch of Cruachan with Hamish at foot.
(see Hamish below, 24 months later)

1997

Tearlach of Cruachan

  • Royal Canberra Show, first place Bull under 21 months.
  • Australian Highland Cattle Society Winter Show, Junior & Grand Champion Bull
  • Royal Adelaide Show, Grand Champion Bull and Supreme Highland Exhibit
  • Royal Melbourne Show, Grand Champion Bull and Supreme Highland Exhibit.

In August 1997, Charlie was only 24 months and weighed 864kg.

Ban-Laoch of Cruachan

  • Royal Adelaide Show - Grand Champion Female.
  • Royal Melbourne Show - Grand Champion Female.

At 10 days old Hamish the bull calf made his debut at the Royal Adelaide Show. 24 months later he was a champion in his own right ... see below.

1997

1998

Siusaidh of Cruachan

  • Australian Highland Cattle Society Winter Show - Grand Champion Female
  • Royal Adelaide Show - Grand Champion Female
  • Royal Melbourne Show - Reserve Champion Female.

Tearlach of Cruachan

  • Grand Champion Bull, and Supreme Exhibit at the Australian Highland Cattle Society, Winter Show
  • Grand Champion Bull, and Supreme Exhibit at the Royal Adelaide Show.
  • Grand Champion Bull, and Supreme Exhibit at the Royal Melbourne Show.

PLUS ... a history making Australian first ...

The Royal Melbourne Show
Beef Breeds `C´ Group
Interbreed Supreme Champion Bull 1998

1998

Siusaidh of Cruachan 25 months

1999

Hamish, the 10 day old calf at Adelaide in 1997, takes his turn as a Champion in 1999.

Our show days finished in 1998. Jeff and Sue Boland purchased Hamish of Cruachan in November 1998 and the winning streak continued.