About

The Team

Meet our team at Big Island Lowlines! We are all working enthusiastically to continue promoting Lowline cattle and to continue adding top quality animals to our operation.

Darrell and Barbara Gotaas

Darrell and Barbara Gotaas, owners and operators of Big Island Lowlines, have been involved with Lowline cattle since 2000. It is with desire to help this breed achieve the success that it has achieved in Australia and the United States, that they have grown their herd to be one of the largest registered fullblood and crossbred Lowline cattle operations in Canada. Darrell currently serves as President of the Canadian Lowline Cattle Association. Both Darrell and Barbara are involved in showing and promoting their cattle, herd management, and in the selling of Lowline and Lowline- cross beef.

Paul & Arlene Gotaas

Paul Gotaas comes from a rural background, having grown up in Camrose, Alberta. Though currently living in Edmonton, he and his wife Arlene, have maintained horses and cattle at their farm in Hay Lakes, Alberta, for decades. Paul was the catalyst in the beginnings of Big Island Lowlines as he became convinced, after doing extensive research, that Lowline cattle have advantages to provide the commercial cattleman, the small acreage farmer, and the modern day consumer desiring smaller cuts of tender and tasty beef. Paul has extensive knowledge of the history of the breed and of Lowline pedigrees. He is a firm believer in the future of these cattle in Canada. Paul began a crossbreeding program in 2005. He owns a number of Galloway-Lowline and Angus-Lowline cross animals.

Murray Skippen

Murray is an invaluable part of the Big Island Lowlines team. Murray was raised on a purebred Limo and Blonde d’ Aquitaine farm. He has worked for Canada’s largest embryo transfer company, Emtech Genetics, for many years as an embryo technician. He has shown several breeds of cattle across Canada and the U.S. for over 20 years. Murray has shown Big Island Lowline cattle since 2003 and has housed most of the herd  at his Sherwood Park location since 2004. He is enthusiastic about the characteristics of Lowline cattle, and has used his fitting skills to help win Big Island Lowline cattle win  many  shows over the years. He would be happy to help any new Big Island Lowline customers with aftersales service and information needed.

Our Program

Big Island Lowlines is a family operated farm with Lowline cattle located in the west end of Edmonton, Alberta, and in a second location just east of Sherwood Park, Alberta. Both locations are in close proximity to the city.

Big Island Lowlines became involved with Lowline cattle in January of 2000 with the purchase of 4 fullblood heifers and 20 Australian and domestic embryos. Our embryos calved out in the fall of 2000, and along with our original live animals, formed the foundation of our present fullblood herd. We have added several outcross bulls to our operation to add to our genetic pool. We have flushed embryos for direct transfer and freezing, and have enjoyed good success with natural breeding.

The farm is owned and operated by Darrell and Barbara Gotaas, and Darrell’s father Paul. Murray Skippen is an invaluable part of the management of Big Island Lowlines, and houses the cattle east of Sherwood Park. All of us enjoy telling others about the breed, and we welcome those who want to have a look at our animals.

We have exhibited our cattle annually at Farmfair International since 2000. Farmfair runs concurrently with the Canadian Finals Rodeo at Northlands Park in Edmonton during the beginning of November. Big Island Lowlines showed in the Multi-Breed show at Farmfair International in 2004, until the first National Lowline show was held at Farfmfair International in November 2007. Six breeders showed 43 Lowline cattle. The show was a successful event and  in 2012, Farmfair International hosted the 6th National Lowline Show.  We also attend the Lowline Show and Sale at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, as well as the American Lowline Registry annual meeting which runs at that time in January as well. In January of 2008 Big Island Lowlines took 5 Lowline cattle to Denver for the show and sale. It was a successful venture for our operation, and we have taken cattle to Denver ever since.  In February 0f  2011, we took our cattle to the Houston Stock Show and had the highest selling animal in the sale, Alta Legend BIL 132X.  Big Island Lowlines participated in the first Lowline Show in British Columbia, held at the IPE in August 2008.  This is an annual event for us.

Big Island Lowlines has been successfully crossbreeding Lowline cattle since 2005. We are very excited about this aspect of our operation. We have had our halfbloods involved in steer sales at Farmfair International, and in the steer class at the IPE jackpot, they have been well received. We have crossed Lowline bulls with Galloway, Angus, and Simmental cattle.

Big Island Lowlines is among the largest registered fullblood Lowline cattle operations in Canada. We have always focused on raising sound, easy keeping, high yielding, grass fed cattle.