Highland Farms consists of 160 Shorthorn females. While we have had considerable success in the show ring over the past several decades, we are not defined by the show ring. At Highland Farms we show breeding cattle, we don’t breed show cattle. As a result, we strive to produce cattle with balanced traits and we will never sacrifice structural soundness or maternal traits for purple ribbons.
Shorthorn cattle have been a part of the Smithers family since 1910 when Charles Egbert Smithers started his herd. Bill Smithers registered his first Shorthorn in 1947 under the farm name of Highland Farms. The farm name was chosen because the farm includes one of the highest points in Pike County and was near a one-room schoolhouse named Highland School.
Since 2009 we have marketed fat cattle directly to packers via grid marketing. As a result, we have generated data that demonstrates exceptional carcass quality of our cattle. In that time (2009-2018), we have marketed a total of 152 head with 86% (131) of them grading choice or prime. Open the attachment below for more info about our exceptional carcass data.
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36548 200th Avenue, Pittsfield, IL
Visitors are always welcome!
The farm is located about 10 miles south of I-72/Route 36 Pittsfield, IL exit.
1 hour West of Springfield, IL
2 hours North of St. Louis, MO
4.5 hours West of Indianapolis, IN