Since 1947, the Kotelko family has been committed to agriculture and the production of safe and healthy food. From those modest beginnings grew a cattle feedlot that has been under family operation since its inception.
Highland Feeders Limited, originally Highland View Farms, was officially incorporated in 1976 by Jack Kotelko and his sons, Bern and Mike, and operated as a mixed grain and purebred cattle farm. Already a successful purebred cattle operation, the Company expanded its land base, becoming one of the larger grain farmers in the area.
In response to the changing global economy of the early 80's, the Kotelkos diversified by incorporating a feedlot into the company. The feedlot operation quickly demonstrated an opportunity for the Company to optimize an already productive land base, leading to their natural evolution as a specialized custom feedlot enterprise. In 1993, Highland View Farms changed the Company name to Highland Feeders Limited. Mike & Denise Kotelko took over ownership in 2013 with Son’s Wesleigh, Zakary, Jackson, Benjamin and Grandson Parker all involved in the family operation. 2018 was the start of the Cow/Calf operation.
Agriculture has always been a sustainable practice. But at Highland we take the idea of sustainability one step further, to nurture and improve our resources to produce consistent, safe and healthy food. This commitment was recognized in 2001 when Highland received the Alberta Cattle Commission's Environmental Stewardship Award. We have also been recognized with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Environmental Stewardship Award (2001) and Growing Alberta Leadership Award (2002).
The nature of the beef industry demands innovation from its participants. In line with this philosophy, Highland Feeders Ltd. has a well-established research program. Through this program, the Company is in a daily process of examining, re-examining and improving all aspects of our operation. Highland Feeders' commitment to long-term excellence in production, health, and environmental research will sustain our role as leaders in production agriculture. Mike and Denise’s mission has always been to grow Highland into a multi-generational farm operation by running an environmentally sustainable and profitable agribusiness while maintaining the best possible relationships with neighbors, municipalities and government.