We are John and Jenne Singer. We live on a small holding just outside of Auchenblae, Aberdeenshire.
decided we wanted to get into a 'pure' breed of cattle and something
native to Scotland. The obvious choice was the Highland Coo! Our
decision to breed and raise highlanders was based on their good quality
meat, their hardiness to both terrain and weather, their long and
distinguished ancestry, their wonderful temperaments and of course their
long, thick, flowing coat of rich hair and majestic horns!
started our fold with the purchase of two heifers in September 2008.
They were Ellen of Lochinch and Emma 2nd of Lochinch, both from Doonies
Farm, Aberdeen. We then expanded our fold in October 2009 with the
purchase of two more heifers in Oban. They were Lady Dubh 2nd of
Mosscairn and Malda Ruadh 6th of Achnacloich. We've had a few purchases
since then as well as some births, now we just have to start selling
some of them!
have been learning as we go on how to raise this wonderful breed and
have not regretted our choice for a second. They are a pleasure to work
with and have surprised us with their personalities and intelligence.
is our hope to establish a respected fold of predominately black colour
with strong bloodlines. Of course no fold is complete without some of
the other wonderful colours to be found with this diverse breed!
name for our herd or 'fold' as Highlanders are referred to comes from a
Castle that used to be found in our back field, immediately attached to
our back garden. The Castle was called Kintore Castle after the Earl
of Kintore or sometimes referred to as Glenfarquhar Castle.
The following information comes from the 'Auchenblae Messenger':
information that the local authority Archeological experts could
provide is that there was a castle that was demolished in the mid 1600s .
Some of the stones were used in the building of the existing
Old records suggest that the Falconers used to be the lairds of Glenfarquhar and one of these was a son of the Earl of Kintore.
is a connection between the Laird of Kintore in Aberdeenshire and
Glenfarquhar. It appears that one of the sons of the Kintore estate
acquired the Mains of Glenfarquhar estate. These were the Falconers.
This could be why the Castle is referred to as Kintore Castle by some.
There are records of Falconers being born in the area, but the title for
the estate became extinct in the early 1700's. During the late 1600's
the remarried widow of Sir David Falconer was asking for maintenance for
her 7 children because the 'Laird of Glenfarquhar' had not made any
provision for them!" 
The Singer family has been established at the Mains of Glenfarquhar for the past 80 years.
are still constantly learning and welcome any suggestions or
questions. We'll do our best to help you, just as we've been so kindly
helped by members of the Highland Cattle communities.
~ John & Jenne Singer
1. Auchenblae Messenger Volume 6, Issue 5, December 2004 & Volume 7, Issue 1, March 2005.