Ennerdale Advantage

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?

At the Ennerdale Fold of Scottish Highland Cattle, we aim to provide premium quality Highland Beef for the butcher and elite Highland seed genetics for the stud owner.  We also wish to promote the qualities of the Highland breed in Australia.  We established the Ennerdale Fold in 2001 after a period of three years intensive research to find and source Highland females with the best genetics in Australia while identifying suitable Sires with the best genetics throughout the world. 

From the beginning, we have ensured Ennerdale have been breeding Highland Cattle who are superior in three important areas, Temperament, Structure and Muscling.  In particular, the females which we selected were of an elite quality with large eye muscles and high meat to fat to bone ratios.  We established the Male genetics through an Artificial Insemination (A.I.) program to ensure premium quality, fault free bloodlines.  We found that the best of the A.I. Sires originated from overseas, through continuing research, we then assessed the candidate bulls’ parents and offspring.  Our aim was to establish the highest quality of temperament, structure, muscling and the exclusion of crop ear in the A.I. Sires that we eventually selected.

At Ennerdale, we select each sire for a specific purpose and match that sire to an individual female to ensure we produce elite offspring.  If we have not used a particular A.I. Sire in the Ennerdale breeding program, there is a very good reason.  We rigorously assess our young Highland Cattle throughout the first 18 months, with the elite animals joining the breeding program in time.  We transfer any animal that does not make the High standard set to the premium Highland Beef program.  The premium beef commands a premium price at a Sydney metropolitan boutique butchery chain.

The Ennerdale name means quality, consequently, we keep only very small numbers of bulls – each bull has a specific purpose and must be the best example to promote the Highland Breed and the Ennerdale Fold.  In the 14th year history of the Ennerdale Fold, we have kept a total of six Highland Bulls which were assessed as having the premium quality required to carry the Ennerdale name forward.  This rigorous selection process means “if you have the genetics of an Ennerdale Bull, a  guarantee of the highest quality is assured”.

The provenance of stud and premium beef cattle is an important issue and all Ennerdale calves are DNA tested after birth to guarantee their parentage and provenance.  We have registered a small number of Ennerdale Highland Cattle in both the United Kingdom and Australian herd book, which means the progeny of UK registered Ennerdale stock are eligible for registration in the UKHCS herd book when sired by a UK recognised Sires, such as Ceallach of Ennerdale and Aodhair of Ennerdale, or an approved UKHCS A.I. bull. 

The Ennerdale fold is small compared to other Scottish Highland Folds in Australia and around the world.  Our emphasis is strongly “Quality not quantity” with our desire to breed the very best of the Highland Breed in Australia.  We have achieved unrivalled successes in the show ring over a ten year period, this means all the Ennerdale Breeding stock are champions in their own right.  These include Royal Show Supreme Exhibits, Senior and Junior Champions and Two National Show Supreme Exhibits, all from a small breeding herd of currently around 15 high quality females and two outstanding stock bulls.

Traditional Scottish Highland Cattle


So if your looking for Highland cattle with these qualities...

  • Quiet
  • Well structured
  • Well Muscled
  • Who perform in the paddock
  • On the plate
  • In the Show Ring

You need to look no further than Ennerdale Highland Cattle.

VIDEO: Rounding up the Cattle to Yards

Highlands quiet nature, intelligence and understanding means we don't need to use dogs to round them up.  Our cattle know they will get a treat when they get to the yards, so rounding them up is never a problem.  Some are in a hurry compared to the others that are not so greedy!  One red heifer is startled by the camera but check out the inquisitive cow at the end!​

Achievements

Ennerdale showed cattle during the years 2003 -2013. Starting at our local country show up to the National Level.

Below is a Parade of Champions at the Royal Canberra Show. All Ennerdale Cattle.

Champion Bull 

Ceallach of Ennerdale - ‘Un-beat-a-bull’

on the show circuit as a Senior Highland Bull for three consecutive years, in four states of Australia.

  • Royal Canberra Show. Placed third in the interbreed competition, when judged against 27 different breeds of supreme senior bulls. 2011
  • Supreme Highland Exhibit 2010 AHCS National Show   
  • NSW Winter Highland Cattle Show Supreme Exhibit 2010
  • Bull of the show - 2 Country Shows
  • 7 x Royal Supreme Highland Exhibit 2010-2012
  • State Supreme Highland Exhibit

Cattle Judges
Ceallach has impressed many of Australia’s most experienced cattle judges, with comments such as……
  1. "The best Highland Bull I have ever seen in Australia"
  2. "You could put any skin on this bull and he would be a champion"
  3. "I was gobsmacked when this bull walked in the ring…"

Ceallach of Ennerdale - Registered in the United Kingdom and Australian Herd Books

Ceallach has a quiet and gentle nature.  This one tonne giant has passed on this same quiet demeanour to his offspring, in addition to correct structure, good muscling, frame size and breed character.

Champion Female 

Seonaid of Ennerdale - Supreme Exhibit & Veteran Champion Female

Seonaid won AHCS National Supreme Exhibit in 2006 and has since returned to the show ring as a veteran to win Grand and Senior Champion Female at the following shows:-

  • 2010 NSW Winter Highland Cattle Show
  • 2010 AHCS National Show  
    • 2011 Royal Canberra Show
    • 2011 Royal Bathurst Show

    Seonaid of Ennerdale - Registered in the UK and Australian Herd Books

Package of Show Winners

 2011 AHCS National Show Winners 

An outstanding attendance recorded for the AHCS with 12 breeders attending, travelling from as far South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. One of the largest gatherings of Highland Cattle in Australia for many years. Ennerdale won:-

  • Supreme Exhibit, Grand Champion and Senior Champion Bull
  • Grand Champion and Senior Champion Female
  • 1st Breeders Group
  • 1st Sires/Dams Progeny Group
  • Junior Champion Female
  • Reserve Senior Champion Cow
  • 1st Pair of Females
  • 1st, 2nd & 4th in the Senior Female Classes
  • Champion Lead Steer
  • Most Successful Exhibitor

2011 AHCS National Show winners. Consistent results from Ennerdale, with every animal shown winning!  Unfortunately we have not been able to attend another AHCS National show since.  After 10 years of showing Highland Cattle in 4 states of Australia we are having a well-deserved rest!

More Achievements

Champion Highland Cattle Stud achievements by composing 'SHOW PACKAGES' OF WINNERS from the last four years of our showing cattle - ( all the shows we were able to attend ).  This unparalleled success has been after many years of selecting only the elite genetics for our breeding programme * breeding from only the best cows and carefully selecting the right sire for each dam.

2013 Royal Canberra Show

  • Grand & Senior Champion Bull - Baidhel of Ennerdale
  • Junior Champion Bull - Aodhair of Ennerdale
  • Reserve Junior Champion Bull - Sterling of Omaroo (Sire & Dam Bred by Ennerdale)
  • Reserve Senior Champion Female - Seonaid Dubh of Ennerdale
  • Reserve Junior Champion Female - Brighde 3rd of Ennerdale
  • 1st Breeders Group
  • 1st Sire’s / Dam’s Progeny Group

2012 Royal Bathurst Show

  • Supreme Highland Exhibit, Grand & Senior Champion Bull - Ceallach of Ennerdale
  • Junior Champion Bull - Baidhel of Ennerdale
  • Senior Champion Female - Catherine 3rd of Ennerdale
  • Junior Champion Female - Seonaid Ruadh of Ennerdale

​2012 Royal Canberra Show Scottish Feature Breed

  • Supreme Highland Exhibit, Grand & Senior Champion Bull - Ceallach of Ennerdale
  • Junior Champion Bull - Baidhel of Ennerdale
  • Junior Reserve Champion Bull - Ruairidh of Ennerdale
  • Senior Champion Female - Isabella of Ennerdale
  • Senior Reserve Champion Female - Bonnie 3rd of Ennerdale
  • Reserve Junior Champion Female - Isabella 3rd of Ennerdale
  • 1st Breeders Group
  • Most Successful Exhibitor

​2012 Yass Show

  • Breed of the Show - Ceallach of Ennerdale & Bonnie 3rd of Ennerdale

​2011 AHCS National Show

  • Supreme Highland Exhibit, Grand & Senior Champion Bull - Ceallach of Ennerdale
  • Grand & Senior Champion Female - Seonaid Of Ennerdale
  • Reserve Senior Champion Female - Isabella of Ennerdale
  • Junior Champion Female - Catherine 3rd of Ennerdale
  • 1st Breeders Group
  • 1st Sire’s / Dam’s Progeny Group
  • 1st Pair of Females
  • Champion Led Steer
  • Most Successful Exhibitor

​2011 Royal Bathurst Show

  • Supreme Highland Exhibit, Grand & Senior Champion Bull - Ceallach of Ennerdale
  • Grand & Senior Champion Female - Seonaid of Ennerdale
  • Reserve Senior Champion Female - Bonnie 2nd of Ennerdale
  • Junior Champion Female - Bonnie 3rd of Ennerdale

​2011 Royal Canberra Show

  • Supreme Highland Exhibit, Grand & Senior Champion Bull - Ceallach of Ennerdale
  • PLACED THIRD IN SENIOR BULL INTERBREED
  • Grand & Senior Champion Female - Seonaid of Ennerdale
  • Reserve Senior Champion Female - Bonnie 2nd of Ennerdale
  • Junior Champion Female - Bonnie 3rd of Ennerdale
  • Reserve Junior Champion Female - Catherine 3rd of Ennerdale
  • 1st Breeders Group
  • 1st Sire’s / Dam’s Progeny Group
  • Most Successful Exhibitor

​2011 Royal Adelaide Show

  • Supreme Highland Exhibit, Grand & Senior Champion Bull - Ceallach of Ennerdale

2011 Royal Melbourne Show

  • Senior Champion Bull - Ceallach of Ennerdale

​2011 Hawkesbury Show

  • Junior Champion -All other breeds class - Bonnie 3rd of Ennerdale

2010 Cowra Show

  • Bull of the Show - Ceallach of Ennerdale

​2010 NSW Winter Highland Cattle Show

  • Supreme Highland Exhibit, Grand & Senior Champion Bull - Ceallach of Ennerdale
  • Grand & Senior Champion Female - Seonaid of Ennerdale
  • Reserve Senior Champion Female - Adelaide 5th of Durness
  • Junior Champion Bull - Ahmed of Ennerdale
  • Junior Champion Female - Catherine 3rd of Ennerdale
  • Most Successful Exhibitor

2010 Royal Bathurst Show

  • Supreme Highland Exhibit, Grand & Senior Champion Bull - Ceallach of Ennerdale

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