Shat Acres and Greenfield Highland Beef in the News

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Seven Days
March 15, 2015

Shat Acres Highland is grand champion

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From: Barton Chronicle
February 4, 2015

Local couple go to the show ring and the lab to boost cattle breed. 

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From: The Times Argus
March, 2014

Greenfield Highland Beef

"The Shatney family has been raising Highland cattle on Shat Acres Farm in Greensboro Bend, Vt. for over 40 years. They market their beef under the brand name Greenfield Highland Beef. Their herd is the third largest in the United States..." read more.

From: The Essex Reporter
January 5, 2012

Shatney farm's cattle head for Denver

"If a paper mill worker had not died in the terrible industrial accident in the 1960's, Ray Shatney probably wouldn't be driving to Denver in January. But the man did die, and one of his cows ended up in Sheffield. It caught the eye of Carroll Shatney, Ray's father..." read more.

From: The Chronicle
December 14, 2011

It's All About the Beef 

"The farms that raise Highland Beef are small to large in scale, from commercial to hobby, from grass to grain to organic. But as we contemplate the success of our different operations, the quality of the beef is predominantly the concern..." read more.

From: The Chanter
Spring / Summer 2011

Highland Raisers Win Award

Ray Shatney hollered as his wife, Janet Steward, watched, waited and grinned.

“Come on, girls! Come on!”

Then they appeared, first one by one, then in clusters, from up over a small hill, until the green field where Shatney and Steward stood held about 60 of them.

Some of them had long horns; some were shorter..." read more. 

From: Lancaster Farming
July 25, 2016


Beef producers adapt herd, business model for market success

Winters in Vermont seem to be getting more and more frigid in recent years. As the mercury continues to plummet many farmers are finding it increasingly difficult to raise quality livestock and still turn a profit. Prolonged winter weather coupled with feed costs both contribute to this difficulty.

But still, the increasing demand for locally raised meat products urges many farmers to take on the challenge. Ray Shatney and Janet Steward of Greenfield Highland Beef in Plainfield and..." read more

From: Vermont Business Magazine
August 6, 2015


Beef farm top family business

A local beef farm has been named the U.S. Small Business Association’s Vermont Family-Owned Business of the Year.

Ray Shatney and Janet Steward learned last month they won the award, which will be presented to them at an SBA ceremony in June. At their farm in Plainfield, they raise award winning grass-fed American Scottish Highlands — brownish-orange cattle with long hair and big horns you may have seen grazing in some of the State'’s pastures..." read more

From: The Times Argus
April 27, 2016


Shatney to help lead cattle association

Ray Shatney, of Greensboro Bend, was elected to the board of the American Highland Cattle Association during the organization's recent convention... read more.

Combing for a Cause

The Scottish Highland duo were guests at Morristown Graded School, where eager students combed their shaggy reddish-brown hair and carefully placed the combings into a cardboard box. The hair will help to clean up the disastrous oil spill threatening wildlife and livelihoods along the Gulf Coast... read more.

From: Stowe Reporter
May 27, 2010

Shat Acres finds success with branded beef

Carroll Shatney spent more than 40 years raising and improving his herd of highland cattle in Greensboro, VT... read more.

From: Country Folks New England Farm Weekly
February 8, 2010

Dinner on the Hoof, Greenfield Highland Beef

Each spring Janet Steward prepares a mammal unit for her first-grade students at Morristown Elementary School... read more.

From: The Montpelier Bridge
July 23, 2009

Highland Beef Big Hit

at the Big E 

On a sunny, blue sky,70+ degree day in September a day any fair committee would wish for, the Big E celebrated Vermont Day 2008, highlighling Vermont-raised Highland beef in the Harvest Kitchen in the Better Living Center. (Rumor has it twenty three thousand peopie passed through the gates on that Saturday, September 20th, 2008.) The governor of Vermont and his wife even stopped by the Harvest Kitchen... read more.

From: The Chanter, Northeast Highland Cattle Association Newsletter
Spring, 2009

Local beef to help Hardwick Community: Hardwick food pantry receives meat loaf made from locally sourced food donations. 

Greenfield Highland Beef of Greensboro Bend and Plainfield, USDA certified grass fed and grass finished beef, is planning to donate 10 pounds of groumd beef each month to
Hardwick Food Pantry..." read more.

From: The Center for an Agricultural Community
February 9, 2008 

Highland Cow name queen of her breed at national show 

If Cinnamon Swirl holds her nose up any higher and carries her 1,350 pounds more regally than the 50 other Scottish Highland cows at Shat-Acres Farm, she has good reason..." read more.

From: The Caledonia Record
February 27, 2004


Farmer Spotlight: Shat Acres Highland Cattle and Greenfield Highland Beef

Ray Shatney of Greensboro Bend has been raising Highland Cattle for nearly fifty years The first cow Ray’s Dad, Carroll, purchased as a novelty animal in 1967 to take to local fairs arrived on a railroad car from South Dakota. “Scottie” was an old cow when Carroll purchased her and came with no registration papers, however she was well- branded. The local artificial inseminator traced Scottie’s brands and discovered her to be XX El Donn’s Lassie, born in 1956 in Belvedere, SD, an offspring of the first Highland bull registered in the United States..." read more.   

From: Agriview (Page 16)
March 20, 2015


Leading the herd Local couple take to the show ring and lab to boost cattle breed 

Ray Shatney and Janet Steward have some of the best cattle in the country.

The pair recently returned from the 2014 National Western Stock Show in Denver, where their cow Shat Acres Cinnamon Raisin and her baby bull Shat Acres Raisin Cain won Grand Champion Cow/Calf. 

Winning with their cattle is nothing new for Shatney and Steward: Their home is filled with trophies, awards and ribbons from shows across the country..." read more.

From: The Times Argus
February 08, 2014


Shat Acres owner: Business award ‘made it all worth it

Ray Shatney hollered as his wife, Janet Steward, watched, waited and grinned.

“Come on, girls! Come on!”

Then they appeared, first one by one, then in clusters, from up over a small hill, until the green field where Shatney and Steward stood contained about 60 of them.

Some had long horns — some shorter — and most had the long, wavy coat that makes them one of the most recognizable breeds of cattle in the world..." read more

July 29, 2016