For Sale – Elm Hollow’s Just Herb & GHF Cinnamon

Heifer & Steer

 

GHF Cinnamon and her buddy, Elm Hollow’s Just Herb need to stay together. They have been best buddies for a long time. Both are alumni of Elm Hollow Farm that went together to a caring, loving home a while back.

Southern Alabama seems to be too hot and humid for these Highlands. Their caring owner loves them so much that she has asked me to try to find them a perfect home in a little cooler, less humid climate.

Here is the original post introducing them from when Cinnamon and Herb were sold to their current owner…

Cinnamon, AHCA #60651, is registered and halter-trained and was shown by her previous owner. When she came to Elm Hollow, she met Herb and the two of them have been best pals since. Both are on the smaller side and would make great first Highlands. Because Highland heifers should not be bred until they are at least 2.5 years old, Herb (a steer) would make a great companion for Cinnamon. Highlands are herd animals and need a companion in the pasture with them.

Herb has been neutered and is now a steer. He will be unaffected by the hormonal changes of breeding season and will be the perfect companion for heifers that are too young to breed or bulls that are not actively in with a herd for breeding. Not to mention that he is a cute as a bug and small as Highlands go. Although he is not registered, he is recorded with the AHCA (#U13365)  as pure bred. Listed as red, his color seems to be changing to a beautiful brindle as he get older.

Lineage records for both follow. Notice that Cinnamon has two impact dams (marked with a *) and an impact sire (marked with a +) in her lineage.

Herb and Cinnamon do not reside at Elm Hollow Farm and do not belong to me, but are being sold on consignment because of their past connections to Elm
Hollow Farm. Their pickup will be from near Fairhope, Alabama.

I do believe that the last three photos will show that Herb and Cinnamon are well loved and according to their human mom, it is breaking her heart to have to part with them. They have had continual interaction with people and are very friendly. The first photo was taken just before Christmas 2021, so only about 3.5 months ago.  Cinnamon was a bit put out with being confused with a reindeer, but Herb, as his usual fun loving self, was up for the adventure.

The remainder were taken just last week.

Cinnamon is maturing beautifully and will be ready for breeding this winter so she can calve in the late fall of 2023.

Herb is a love bug and will continue to be the perfect companion to Cinnamon. They need to stay together.

Details on the sales process are below.

Cinnamon and Herb are being offered together with a minimum of $5,000.

 Update: Herb and Cinnamon have sold for $13,500.

Image of Ink Stamp of The Word Sold
Breeding records and registration info for Just Herb, visit Highlandcattleusa.org and search the Herdbook on number 60651 for text version
Breeding records and registration info for Just Herb, visit Highlandcattleusa.org and search the Herdbook on number U13365 for text version

 

This is how the sale process works:

I’ve had several people tell me that they missed out on a calf (or cow) they really had their heart set on when I just posted them for sale and sold them to the first responder because they sell so quickly. If you have participated in some of our calf sales recently, you know how long they can drag on, so I’ve been working on streamlining the actual sale time while still giving bidders plenty of notice when there is going to be a sale. The announcements will remain in the same format as they have been and will be sent out to everyone on the newsletter list at least 3 days before the actual sale and will include the exact date and time the sale will take place.

I plan to begin sales at 5:00 PM Eastern time with updates every 15 minutes, and we will conclude the sale by 8:00 PM. As before, if there is still active bidding going on at 8:00 PM, those bidders will be put into a group email and continue until a winner is declared. (An active bidder is a bidder who has made an offer above the highest offer within 15 minutes since the high bid was announced to all who have been bidding.) If there is more than one active bidder at the end of the sale time, those bidders will be put into a joint email chain so they can communicate directly with me and with each other.

This method will allow everyone a three-day heads up that a calf is for sale and time spent watching the sale is cut down to just one evening.

As before, sale begins with the listed price of ($xxxx), which represents the lowest price I’m willing to accept for the calf or cow being sold.

Please be aware that the minimum price stated is probably not the price the calf or cow will actually sell for. Visit our Highlands for Sale page to see beginning prices and the sale prices from last year.

https://elmhollowfarm.com/highlands-for-sale/

If you are interested in making an offer on the listed calf/cow, let me know by email to [email protected] any time after the post is made and before the sale actually is scheduled to begin.

It is helpful to include some information about the environment that calf will be moving into. We consider this factor with greater weight even than the offer, as we've spent so much time preparing our calves and want the best possible placement for them. I also need to know your plans and goals with Highlands because some calves might be better suited than others for your purposes, and I can help you choose the right ones. If I have no information about the farm and your plans for the calf, I won’t consider your offer.  (If you provided this information in a previous sale, please remind me of that.)

Here are some of the things that it is important for me to know: (If you’re experienced with Highlands or any cattle, some of these questions will seem silly, but if this will be your first Highland, these are important.) Narrative with this info included is fine, it isn’t a test.

1. Have you raised cattle before? If not, do you have a source of information on keeping them healthy? (Don’t worry, we began with no experience but we had a local extension agent, local vet, and a mentor who had raised Highlands for years to help us.) If this will be your first cow ever, please read Newsletter #15 from our website.

2. Do you have other cattle now? Why did you decide to get Highlands?

3. What are your plans for Highlands? Pets, beef, showing, breeding stock, pasture ornaments? This will help me guide your choice of calves. They have different personalities and some may not fit your plans.

4. Do you have a relationship with a large animal vet? It is important to establish that before you NEED a vet. Also, you need a way to confine your cow if a vet does need to come out for some reason.

5. Are your fences secure? Not just to keep cows in, but also neighboring bulls out.

6. Will there be shade and water available in your pasture? (Highlands do not tolerate heat without shade and plenty of fresh water.)

7. How big is your pasture? 2 acres per cow is recommended (that will also support her calf)

8. What is your water source? (standing water can become contaminated and cause health issues.)

9. Do you have a fly control plan? This will help protect them from pinkeye, which can cause blindness.

10. Do you know what minerals your cattle will require in a supplement to keep your cows healthy? (consult your Ag Extension Agent)

11. Do you have a good hay source for winter? (plan ahead for high quality hay and its safe storage)

12. Do you solemnly swear to send pictures and videos and give them hugs and kisses daily. Also will you tell them I miss them, and if they need to come home they can? (I mean that, call if you need to rehome an animal from Elm Hollow Farm. If I don’t have room at the time, I will help you find a suitable home.)

And last but not least:

13. Will your Highland have a compatible, BOVINE pasture companion? (Cows are herd animals, failure to provide a pasture companion will cause them to seek companionship.) If they can, they will escape the pasture and go looking, if they can’t escape, they may consider a person their companion. (THIS IS NOT A GOOD THING!) As a calf, it can be cute for them to run up and bump you or rub on you, but as a full grown cow, that can be dangerous. You may have heard stories about bottle bulls killing their owners. They consider their owner a part of their herd and interact as they would with another 1500# cow. That can hurt!

Fee to transfer calves/cows into the buyer’s name will be paid by Elm Hollow Farm for up to 90 days after the date of sale. If transfer is not sent and received by AHCA within that 90 day period, the buyer will be responsible for the fee.

Highland heifer and bull calf cuddling at feeder trough wearing halters

Cinnamon on the left, Herb on the right

Six month old Highland heifer in the show ring

Elm Hollow’s Gracie at 2 weeks old

Highland bull calf named Herb at eight months old led on a halter by Nancy Geller

Herb at 8 months old, above and below

Male Highland calf halter training tied to fence looking super fluffy
Highland calf and owner halter training in open pasture

Cinnamon at 7 months old

Highland steer and heifer on halters wearing funny reindeer horns in front of porch adorned with Christmas bunting

Christmas, 2021

Highland heifer in lush grass about 22 months old

March/April 2022, Cinnamon above, Herb below

Two year old Highland steer in pasture with distant trees
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