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Twin calves named by Vt. kids grow into award-winning cows

Plainfield, Vermont - February 4, 2011

Meet Cinnamon Raisin and her twins Crimson and Clover. These cows are national champs.

"What is amazing about these three animals is these are twins and it is the first time in the history of the National Western Stock Show that a pair of Highland twins have won the cow calf championship," said Ray Shatney of Shat Acres Farm.

When the calves were really little they were at the Champlain Valley Fair at the petting zoo and the children got the chance to name them, Crimson and Clover. Shatney says for that reason they have a special connection to all the children of Vermont.

"The children and adults of the state of Vermont and through decided that Crimson and Clover would be the name of the twins," he said.

There are about 100 head now in the herd, most are on a farm in Greensboro, but Shatney keeps a few at his home in Plainfield. Cinnamon Bear is also a national champ.

"See, they love to be combed," Shatney said demonstrating.

But what they love even more than being brushed is being blown dry.

The Highland breed originated in Scotland and is one of the oldest breeds in the world. Shatney's father started the herd and their winning ways. Highland are beef cows. Shatney sells his locally under the label Greenland Highland beef.

Some day the twins will have their own calves. In the meantime they will enjoy the sun and hay on their hillside farm.

Judy Simpson - WCAX News

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