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Ted Hall
 
April 21, 2009 | Cattle | Ted Hall

Round-up of Highland Cattle for Upcoming Sale

Long Meadow Ranch Cattle RigTodd Renner and I returned tonight from Ferndale with a trailer full of gorgeous Highlands for our upcoming sale on May 2nd.

We selected nineteen head to be added to the sale catalog, including twelve yearling heifers, seven 2-year-old heifers, and four yearling bulls. We had already selected two mature bulls for the sale.

So, with a total of twenty-one head on offer, our sale is the largest annual Highland sale in California (maybe the largest West of the Rockies). We're proud to feature our nationally recognized bloodlines.

Adam and Todd Selecting HeifersWe winter our Highlands on the lush grasslands near Humboldt Bay in Ferndale, CA. When we arrived, the cattle all looked fat and happy on a unseasonably warm, sunny day.

Todd, Adam Tait (our local lead cowhand), and Art Townsend (who operates our pasture lease) brought all of the cattle into the main corrals where we selected the best of our registered stock for inclusion in the sale.

We also had a chance to look over our current crop of Highland and crossbred steers. Everyone agreed that the cattle have never looked better in terms of body condition and overall health.

We had a heavy load in the "rig", our 28-foot Featherlite trailer, but we made the trip back to the ranch in a little less than six hours. The cattle were happy to see the long grass waiting for them. We'll now spend a few days cleaning the animals' coats, checking tatoos, and confirming DNA samples.

The catalog will be ready for distribution online by Saturday and everything will be ready for our buyers on Saturday morning a week later (the 2nd). The sale will be from 11 AM to 1 PM.

Newly arrived Highlands explore LMR pastureAs an extra plus, the California Highland Cattle Association will be holding its Spring meeting following our sale on Saturday afternoon. Members of the association will be helping with the sale and will be available to answer questions from prospective owners and new breeders.

Everyone always seems eager to share their experiences in raising Highlands. In return, we have a nice lunch planned for CHCA members featuring the wines, grass-fed beef, and produce from Long Meadow Ranch.

Successful buyers will be invited to join us for lunch.  Hope it is a big group.

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