Gathbodhan Highland Cattle is
located at Kersbrook and set high in the north/eastern Adelaide
Hills. After farming a variety of beef breeds over the years,
early in the 2000’s we turn our attention to the Highland breed
because of the many benefits which can be found on
Much time, effort and resources was placed into sourcing the
base stock for our herd.
We required not only animals of the best genetic kind, and
animals with superior structure and conformation, but animals of
character – with that something special.
With a base herd established, we have further concentrated on
producing animals of superior conformation and structure with a
specialized AI program being put into place, and the
introduction of full blood breeding animals.
Gathbodhan Highland Cattle have quickly risen to forefront of
Highland breeders based here in Australia, and are recognised
for the quality animals produced.
All this having been said, here on the farm, our grass roots are
not forgotten, and only animals who produce outstanding carcass
qualities, and display an ease of handling with their quiet
temperament are selected to continue on further and achieve
results in breeding, showing, and customer sales.
At Gathbodhan we continually strive to achieve our objective.
To breed animals with structure, temperament, and style, whilst
providing carcass qualities suitable for the range of niche
markets that exist between the show ring and the plate.
We aim to breed females that produce, and bulls that perform
under the harshest of conditions without genetically altering
the distinct physical appearance and appeal of the classic
Highland, ie. the horns and the coat.
At Gathbodhan, we see Highland cattle with a great potential in
We have provided Highland bulls to local commercial cattle
breeders for use over heifers due to the desirable low
birthweights produced by the Highland sire.
We have overseen a successful Highland/Murray Grey crossbreeding
Predictably, the calves weaned at higher rates than Highland
pure bred progeny and 100% of the calves born were polled. We
will be utilizing this low birth weight and high growth rate
potential within our commercial stock and our adjacent stud
Although showing is a time and money consuming exercise, it is
also one of the most successful methods of displaying and
marketing stud cattle.
Ribbons and trophies may provide visual satisfaction, however
most will learn very quickly that showing is not a guide in
breeding cattle. Mating champion bulls with champion cows will
not improve herds and achieve breeding goals.
We use showing to present to fellow breeders, the beef industry
and the public the direction in which we are heading with our
cattle. Our showteam represent a direction we are aiming to
achieve in our breeding objectives.
Gathbodhan Highlands are prepared to show Highland cattle as
They are lightly clipped to “block” the body to prepare the
animals in such a way that both judges and the public can assess
the structure and overall balance of the animal.
There is more to the Gathbodhan Highland cow than hair and
We aim to achieve females that are feminine and smooth without
compromising muscle, and bulls that achieve ideal carcass
figures to produce suitable progeny.
PHOTOS: A typical 12mth old bull, sired by
Chester Dohnn Laird of Gathbodhan
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