For Sale – Keaira of Legacy and Keara2nd of Legacy
Bonded pair of proven cows
Because we’ve kept several of our heifer calves from last year and the year before, it is time to make some tough decisions about which cows stay and which cows move on to make room for the new heifers. I’ll probably regret this one… Keaira (left) and Keaira2nd (right) are mother and daughter, so have been together since the day Keaira2nd (AKA Twisty) was born.
Since I treat my coos like people and know, after much observation, that they truly do have family order much like humans, I will not split these two up. Who would want to anyway? These girls produce beautiful calves, breed back quickly, and maintain their body condition even when pregnant and nursing a calf at the same time.
Keaira of Legacy
Keaira of Legacy, AHCA # 53960, is 8 years old. DOB 11/12/14. She came to us bred and with a pretty little heifer at her side. She has been pasture exposed to WKA Braxton. Keaira will come right up to you in the pasture and lower her head. Now, the first time she did this, I was alarmed at that behavior, but I soon learned that this was not a threat, she just loves to have her head scratched right behind her horns. She will stand for brushing and seems to really enjoy the attention.
I recently bought Keaira’s dam and her granddam. I love them all and, as I’m writing this, I’m wondering why these are the coos I chose to offer. Maybe I need to rethink this!
Keaira2nd of Legacy
Keaira2nd of Legacy, AHCA # 58750, is 5 years old. DOB 03/23/18. Known to us as Twisty, she also came to us bred with a calf at her side. That calf, Shamrock, is now a permanent resident here at Elm Hollow farm.
Twisty is another example of the calves Keaira produces. Twisty’s crooked horn is not genetic, she just got it caught and broken as a calf so it turned down instead of up.
I want to be hands-on with all my girls, and so far, Twisty is the only one who does not come right up and allow me to groom her in the pasture. She is not spooky or wild, she is not aggressive at all, but just standoffish. If she was in a smaller herd, I think she would be easily won over. Twisty will take treats from your hand, and she will allow me to brush her if bribed with a pan of grain, but with so many others vying for the attention of the brush, she has continued to stand back when she is out with the rest of the cows.
Both Keaira and Twisty have been keeping company with WKA Braxton for the past two months and both were eager to be his best girl, so they will sell as pasture exposed. Since Braxton is not one of those shy, only in the secrecy of darkness bulls, we have witnessed the love making, and with the history of these cows, assume you will be getting a bred cow.
For the many who have contacted me about getting started with quality, registered cows, this is an opportunity to begin a really nice fold. The sale is by modified auction done through email.
To get on the bidder’s list, simply respond to this email with your name and location. I will send you additional information about the bidding process.
I will be requesting information about your pastures, facilities for handling, goals, etc. It is important to gather this information before the sale because I don’t accept bids unless I’m sure my girls will have a safe home.
Both cows will be current on vaccinations and if sold outside the state of Tennessee will have the required health certificate for travel across state lines. I will pay the fees to have registrations transferred into the buyer’s name.
Keaira of Legacy and Keaira2nd of Legacy are available with an opening bid of $10,000 for the pair.
Update: Keaira and Keaira2nd sold for $21,004.00.
This is how the sale process works:
I’ve had several people tell me that they missed out on a calf (or cow) they really had their heart set on when I just posted them for sale and sold them to the first responder because they sell so quickly. If you have participated in some of our calf sales in the past, you know how long they could drag on, so I’ve been working on streamlining the actual sale time while still giving bidders plenty of notice when there is going to be a sale. The announcements will remain in the same format as they have been and will be sent out to everyone on the newsletter list at least 3 days before the actual sale and will include the exact date and time the sale will take place.
I plan to begin sales on Tuesdays at 5:00 PM Eastern time with updates every 30 minutes, and we will conclude the sale by 8:00 PM. As before, if there is still active bidding going on at 8:00 PM, those bidders will be put into a group email and continue until a winner is declared. (An active bidder is a bidder who has made an offer above the highest offer during the final 30-minute period from 7:30-8:00.) If there is more than one active bidder at the end of the sale time, those bidders will be put into a joint email chain so they can communicate directly with me and with each other.
This method will allow everyone a three-day heads up that a calf is for sale and time spent watching the sale is cut down to just one evening.
As before, sale begins with the listed price of ($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.
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.
Keaira of Legacy, AHCA # 53960.
Keaira2nd of Legacy, AHCA # 58750.
Hunny Bunny, Keaira’s dam and Twisty’s granddam, at age 16 when she arrived at Elm Hollow with her 13th calf by her side.
Muirneag, Keaira’s granddam and Twisty’s great granddam, at age 14 on the day she arrived at Elm Hollow.
Keaira’s other two calves that we had the privilege of owning briefly. These calves are not registered because their sire was part of a beef herd and he was not registered. He is yellow and of Big Ridge stock.
On the left is Shamrock, Twisty’s first calf and on the right is her second calf, Lily Pearl, who was born here in June of 2022.
WKA Braxton, AHCA # 59691, son of Sunset Double Take.