The North Central Highland Cattle Association (NCHCA) was formed in 1982
to promote Scottish Highland Cattle, form a marketing unit for breeders, and to provide a local
organization closer to home. The organization has done this and provides opportunities for
youth and families to have fun with their Highland cattle. Our association provides networking
and educational opportunities for its members, has an active junior program for youth, and
provides a local voice to the national organization, the American Highland Cattle Association.
Networking opportunities abound in the NCHCA. Our yearly show allows members to show
their cattle, and for people not interested in showing to have a place to meet and talk
Highlands! Our association's annual meeting also allows breeders to meet and discuss
current influences affecting the breed and the breeders. There are tens of thousands of
people who see the Highlands at places like the Minnesota State Fair, Wisconsin Farm
Technology Days, Minnesota Scottish Festival and Highland Games, Nebraska Cattleman's
Classic, Nebraska Ranch Expo, and local county fairs. Our association newsletter, "The
Hoofbeat," allows members to stay in touch with what is going on with the Highland breed, see
what people are offering for sale, find out about upcoming association and industry events,
and tips for breeders. The association website allows a broader audience to see what the
organization is about and to promote upcoming events.
In conjunction with our annual meeting, there are educational seminars to increase breeder's
knowledge in current agricultural and livestock practices.
Our youth is our future and very important to our association. Youth activities include
educational opportunities offered throughout the year, a challenge program that allows youth
to be involved from their homes, the youth show in conjunction with the annual Highland show
which includes educational opportunities before and after the show, along with lots of fun. Not
all youth that are interested in the cattle own animals, so owning an animal is not a
requirement for our association show. Any youth that wants to participate can. It is all about
having fun, learning responsibility, and wanting to be active with the breed.
NCHCA has a member on the American Highland Cattle Association Board of Directors. This
provides a conduit for local input to the national organization.
Order your calendar by sending
check or money order $20.00
C/O Billy Johnston
Dalriada Highland Farm
2353 105th St. E
Inver grove Heights, MN 55077
NCHCA Member Testimonial:
“Being members of the North Central Highland Cattle Association has benefited us and our farm greatly. We stopped at the Association’s display at the Minnesota State
Fair for 13 years before we purchased our first Highland cattle. The members at the display always had time to answer questions and information for us to take home.
We bought our first animals from people we met walking through the barn at the North Central Regional show. Not only did they sell us our first animals, they encouraged
us to attend the National Highland show at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, the annual NCHCA meeting, and helped us over the next few years with
questions we had and how to show our animals. Another member from Northern MN knew we needed an animal for some young girls to show and gave us a bottle baby
for them to use. Patriot (that bottle baby) is still with us doing great work as a breed ambassador. The Association works hard to provide venues for their members to
network and brainstorm – summer picnics at member farms, participation at Scottish Fairs and state fairs and an annual meeting with education sessions. Committees
and the Board are continuously working on member education and marketing venues. We have been active members and it has helped us meet many new people, see
many operations and how they handle animals and deal with feeding and other husbandry issues. The most important thing is knowing we could call any of the people
with a question and they would help if they could, or point us in the right direction – this has been done many times. If you own cattle, registered or not, the North Central
Highland Cattle Association is a great place to share your enthusiasm for the breed with other's who are happy to do the same”