Local farm takes Highland cattle prize
Dwight and Marianne Eisenhauer show off prizewinning cow/calf pair, Raquel and Dalwhinnie during the 2016 National Western Stock Show in Colorado. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Lehighton-based Bull Run Farm has a new winner's ribbon to add to its prize wall. In January, farm owners Dwight and Marianne Eisenhauer traveled to the National Western Stock Show in Denver for the largest livestock show in the country.
They made the 28-hour nonstop drive with four of their well-known Scottish Highland cattle. Highlands are a heritage breed that originated in Scotland and are known for their thick double layer of fur, long horns, docility, and tender, well-marbled lean meat.
The Eisenhauers have been raising Scottish Highland cattle since 2005.
In the Open Highland Show on Jan. 22, 6-year-old Cobblestones Raquel and her May calf Dalwhinnie were named Reserve Grand Champion Cow/Calf. This is the same mother-daughter duo that won at the Carbon County Fair and the New York state Fair in 2015.
Bull Run Farm was also named First Place in Produce of Dam with Cobblestones Polly.
According to the Eisenhauers, the highlight of the show was when senior bull Bernie was named grand champion bull. Bernie is no stranger to the limelight, making his way into the winner's circle at his first show in the 2013 New York state Fair, where he was named Grand Champion Bull as a young 7-month-old calf.
Throughout his show career, he was named grand champion bull at the 2015 Keystone Livestock Exposition in Harrisburg and the 2014 York Fair. He was also reserve grand champion at the 2014 New York state Fair and 2013 York Fair. He was sold as a herd sire to Apple's Acres in Kiowa, Colorado.