Highland Drovers Limited
Not open to the public.
Suppliers of fully aged and matured Highland cattle and Hebridean lamb online and from farmers' market stalls.
Highland Drovers sell fully aged beef from Highland cattle that are at least three years old, and have had a guaranteed quality of life. It is traditionally hung for between 21 and 28 days. The company was formed as a response to the 1996 directive to ban beef from over 30-month animals being allowed into the human food chain. As Highland cattle mature slowly, this meant many processors became unwilling to invest in Highland beef due to low yields. Highland Drovers was formed to create an identity for the Highland cow, and achieve recognition for its excellent beef. The ban has now been lifted, but the company maintains its aim of increasing awareness of Highland beef, to improve welfare conditions and to demonstrate that the Highland cattle breed can make a considerable contribution to the Highland economy. Drovers opened their first butcher's shop in Perth in December 2012. Only the progeny of pedigree Scottish Highland cattle are acceptable to Highland Drovers. The ancestors of each animal are known and have been recorded for generations by the Highland Cattle Society. Highland Drovers also offer a specialist butchering service for conventional and organic beef, lamb and pork. They run a fully licensed cutting plant in Perth and work with local abattoirs to offer a bespoke butchering service. Traceability systems guarantee the integrity of all products from the farm to final packaging.