Highland Cattle from Brue Highlanders
The Brue Highland Cattle Fold
The Brue Highland Cattle Fold is owned by Kenneth and Lesley Matheson, 19 Brue, Isle of Lewis. With the help of stockman Calum A Mitchell the Fold was started in 2001 with the purchase of two pedigree yearling heifers at the Highland Cattle Society’s February sale at Oban. Since 2005 Brue Highlanders have won Supreme cattle prizes at the local West Side, Carloway and North Harris shows. A 19 month old heifer which sold for £3,000 in October 2009 set a new mart record for a Highlander at Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd. The fold which is PCHS high health accredited, has also exported breeding stock to Switzerland (2013), Finland (2016) and Germany (2017).Breeding stock sold (and their offspring) have also proved successful both on the show circuit and in the sale ring for their new owners including:
- Supreme breed champion at the Black Isle Show (twice);
- Inter-breed Supreme Cattle Champion at Nairn Show, Morayshire;
- 1st prizes at the Royal Highland, Glasgow International and Great Yorkshire Shows;
- Male Champion at the Highland Society’s bull sale at Oban in February 2013;
- Reserve breed champion at the ‘Stars of the Future Show’ in Stirling, November 2013.
Check out the latest Brue Fold pictures in this month's Gallery.
High Health Stock and Quality Standards
All Brue Fold cattle are pedigree stock and are both Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and Premium Cattle Health Scheme (PCHS) accredited. Two other Highland folds on the island which adhere to the same high health accredited standards also use the Brue stock bulls. The Fold’s current stock bulls are Rob Ruadh of Gartchonzie and Siarach of Balmoral.
"Ordering and delivery - Excellent.
Preparation and packaging - Excellent.
Presentation and quality - Excellent.
"Had the sirloins and did a fantastic pot roast with some silverside - we were just saying that we think it is the best meat we have ever had so well done!"
The grand children scoffed the roast as though it was the last one on the planet.
"Had the first taste of this autumn's Brue Highlander beef and it was absolutely delicious. My wife’s comment was "that was as good a beef fillet as I ever tasted", and I totally agree. Keep up this excellent standard."
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