Owners: Steve and Pam Williams
Location: In the Yampa Valley of Northwest Colorado – 17 miles south of Steamboat Springs bordering Stagecoach Reservoir
Goal: Preserve the Scottish Highland Cattle breed character with genetically sound animals bred for good dispositions and conformation on a year round sustainable mountain hay and pasture environment
Establishing our breeding stock:
Our breeding stock were purchased at young ages and selected with sound genetic variation in mind from outstanding breeders throughout North America. We worked with these young calves and yearlings to train and determine each animal’s personality. As a result, our female breed stock have great dispositions and are excellent mothers.
Our two main herd sires were purchased at The National Western Stock Show. Schon Boden’s Danny placed fourth in his class as a yearling (2002 ) and Brigadoon’s Killian II, was the 2009 grand reserve champion. Both have proven themselves to be gentle, top sires producing excellent quality calves. We recently purchased Glenrothe (Black bull) from a neighboring ranch.
We offer a broad variety of calves, all with gentle natures and excellent breeding stock potential. The animals receive daily individual attention assuring good health and easy handling.
Creating a viable and sustainable ranch:
From this initial group we are producing top quality breeding seed stock that is being sold to existing breeders and startup operations. A limited number of bull calves have been dedicated to producing high quality grass fed beef to the local consumer market.
Each year calves are being sold to other breeders and as they mature and begin to produce quality offspring the ranch has received recognition as a good source of seed stock.
As demand increases we have been able to increase the number of annual calves by selective retention, bull rotation with other local highland breeders and utilizing leased pasture and hay harvest fields from adjacent property owners interested in maintaining the agricultural status of their acreage.
Wildlife is very important for a quality ranch. We have invested time, and money in protecting and creating a quality riparian and habitat for wildlife. The main pasture has been designed to produce a natural riparian habitat with 3 ponds and a stream. We worked with NRCS to develop the habitat and fencing to keep the cattle out of the habitat and to protect the springs feeding the ponds.