It is clear that the top end Highlanders can not only produce the desired carcase (R4L) on time but also they can achieve the desired result on poorer pasture and at a much lower cost than their continental cousins. The task is to identify these high performing cattle and develop a strain that is not only beautiful, conformant to the breed standard but also a highly commercial asset.
As Highlanders are hill cows the first criteria was to ensure they all had good feet and good udders. Any cow that required foot trimming would not be allowed to become part of the herd. Cows with large teats would require more management at calving time and were therefore less desirable.
The following criteria were used to select cattle that would remain in the herd:
We hope many other breeders will join us in Signet performance recording, as the more samples taken the more accurate will be the information available to improve the breed. Potential buyers also will benefit by being able to buy the animals they like backed up by facts rather than opinions on how they will fit into and enhance their fold.