Windemere Farm is in central Wisconsin and is home to Anne & John Proctor and a herd of about 30 registered Highlands. Anne grew up with Highland Cattle in Vermont and John grew up in the suburbs in California. They met and settled in Wisconsin and he could not have imagined where the comment that “maybe we should get a couple beef cows” for our acreage would take us! There was no question that it would be Highlands who would roam the fields of the second generation of Windemere Farm.
Our focus is on producing quality cattle that can compete in the show ring and go home to be productive brood cows. Anne and Paige have a passion for genetics and use AI to select a bull that complements the cow. They do some AI and IVF as well to preserve genetics of animals that consistently produce females with the traits they value. As a result, the herd is made up of cattle that are similar in type and genetically diverse. They spend countless hours talking about cows and bulls and what the show string will look like years down the road.
We arrived at our first show in 2008 with 2 calves and two little kids and little clue what we were doing. We found wonderful people and our daughter, Paige, found her passion. Since then, we have attended countless shows across the country, bred and exhibited champion animals and sold sale topping cattle. At the heart of our experience is the love of the cattle and the value of the friendships we have made along the way. Paige is now a sophomore at Harvard so you won’t see her at many cattle shows these days, but she’s always eager to hear how her heifers did and remains a huge influencer of the goings on at Windemere Farm.