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.
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!
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.
on the show circuit as a Senior Highland Bull for three consecutive years, in four states of Australia.
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.
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:-
Seonaid of Ennerdale - Registered in the UK and Australian Herd Books
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:-
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!
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.
Ennerdale assessed highland cattle over a three year period to gain as much knowledge as possible before establishing the fold - so we know the importance of research.