Along with Stud and Paddock stock, we will also sell hay and will soon sell highland beef, horns and hide.
Thank you for spending the time to look over the cattle I currently have for sale. By buying from Vagabond Highlands you are buying quiet, well handled animals that easily move through the cattle yards. They are all used to my 12 year old daughter and come when I call them. They are pasture raised and I know each of them and their personalities well. It’s an excellent investment to know your stock’s history rather than buying cheaper unpredictable ones at the cattle sale yards. Every animal on the farm has been bred or chosen for its temperament above all else (my workforce are all under the age of 18 or over the age of 75).
I have been breeding cross bred and purebred cattle for many years and am now decided to breed just purebred highlands and Sussex cattle. All cattle come with a current health record including 5 in 1 and tick fever vaccination (if old enough). I do not have a waiting list as such, I try and match animals with their most suitable home. To own a Vagabond Highland animal, you must have a PIC number and suitable cattle yards and fencing. I can help with what is required to move cattle to a tick free area if required and offer ongoing phone advice if you wish (I grew up on a dairy farm and have been breeding highlands here in Qld for the past 10 years). Remember, Highlands shed their coat in summer, so although these photos show them with short hair, it will grow long in winter.
Feel free to contact me if you would like to meet any of my cattle. I am negotiable on price if you buy more than one.
All stud stock are born and bred in Queensland for Queensland conditions. Purebred Registered animals will be paddock friendly, vaccinated with full animal husbandry records and registered with the Australian Highlands Cattle Society. By the year 2022 all Vagabond Highland stud stock with also be halter trained.
Gonne has been the resident bull at Vagabond Highlands for the past 3 years. He is a real character who doesn’t have a mean bone in his body. The only reason I have decided to sell him is some of his babies are almost at breeding age. $7000 ono for a stunning purebred registered highland bull thriving in the Queensland climate. He is DNA tested so all future calves can be registered.
Rare opportunity to own week old hairy coo. Will’ is a super friendly purebred highland bull calf with excellent pedigree. We called him ‘Will’ as I think he is a fighter and Scottish like William Wallace and Haylee thinks he has a ‘Will’ to live. His mum is a first time mum and just didn’t take to him. I have done everything possible to help them bond and her feed him but it’s just not meant to be. He is now bonded to my daughter Haylee and his own grandmother Mati. He is on the bottle twice a day and doing really well. I didn’t post about him before now because I wanted him to be 100% healthy at a week old for my own peace of mind.
Comes with his own bag of milk powder, bottle and little birth certificate. To own him, you will have to have another cow or calf for him to bond to and a PIC number. He is cute as pie now but he will grow up into a magnificent Scottish highland Bull. I haven’t desexed him yet as I think he would make an excellent future bull and win ribbons in shows, but that’s up to you.
Mati is a beautiful old girl. Her favourite thing to do is stand outside my bedroom window and patiently wait for me to get up and feed her. She is gentle and I often use her for photo shoots on the farm as so long as she has food to eat she’ll let strangers pat her. She is the classic old cow, thinner than the rest and warts on her head (mostly under her chin so you don’t see them in photos. She’s had them for all the years I’ve owned her and never worried her). Her horns are magnificent. At 19 years old, she is the oldest breeding female that I know of in Qld and is likely pregnant now (I will happily buy the calf back off you. Highland’s have calves up until they are about 24). She would be best suited to a small farm who will give her the attention she craves.
Our paddock stock consists of purebred unregistered highlands, cross bred highlands and a few special rare breed Sussex. Paddock stock are generally sold straight out of the paddock. They are used to being put through the cattle yards and handled by us but we have not spent the massive amount of time quietening and halter training them in the view of showing them.
Ryder is named after the ‘Home and Away’ character. He is unregistered as he is a steer. I bought him at 6 months old as I wanted grow up a steer for meat/hide/horns. Highland’s have the most delicious marbled meat and I couldn’t bring myself to eat any of my own highlands.
The only thing is now Ryder has become one of the family too and therefore has lost his purpose on my farm. He slowly walks through my cattle yards moving his head from side to side. He is gentle and if he trusts you he will eat out of your hand. He is just on two years old and just stunning. He loves hanging out with his besties Bandit and Casper. Asking $5000.
Casper was named after the friendly ghost because as a baby the white on his face looked like a ghost. His mum is a Senepol x dairy and his dad is Gonne (purebred registered highland). This steer will never grow horns which is great for someone starting out in cattle. He learnt to tie up as a weaner but not walk on a lead. He looks ordinary now but in winter when he gets his coat he is extraudinary. He is just on 14 months old.
Anna and Marcel
Anna is a beautiful looking droughtmaster cow who just had her second calf. She is used to children and easily moves through the cattle yards. I am selling her with her newborn calf Marcel as I am only keeping purebred. He is half droughtmaster, half purebred highland. He can be steered at no extra cost.
Selling as a cow and calf unit for $4000.
Amanda and Precious
Amanda is a quiet droughtmaster who will run up to you in the paddock for a snack. I bought her a few years ago so I could see how highland and droughtmaster calves turn out. ‘Precious’ the calf is an excellent example of genetics (dad purebred registered Highland). Precious is almost 3 months old (first photo as newborn, second photo is at 3 months). Amanda would suit a small farm or someone new to cattle. She will lead the herd into the cattle yards and is used to children. She loves hanging out with her bestie Anna.
Selling as a cow and calf unit for $4000.
Barbie and her heifer calf
Barbie is the hardest of all for me to sell as she is my original Highland’s first baby. She was born on 31/10/2011 and grew up as part of my animal nursery. She is halter trained and loves a scratch. She is by far the quietest of my cattle to the point she walked up the stairs to my lounge room as a calf. She has a new born heifer calf (3/4 highland, Barbie is ½ Highland). This little one will have the classic highland look with no horns (polled). Barbie and her calf are at a different property to the rest of my herd as I have been using her to coax some of my sister’s cattle into the yards for their treatments.
Selling as a cow and calf unit. Asking $6000 for the perfect family pet.
Bandit has always been the shyest of all my steers and is always at the back of the herd. He is just on 12 months old, steered and has the highland look with no horns. He is smaller than the other steers as he is ¾ highland. He also learnt to tie up as a weaner. He loves hanging out with his bestie Casper. Asking $2000.
Our hay is grown along the western creek amonst the bluegum trees. We pride ourselves on the quality and standard of what we sell. We can help organise contacts for truck drivers if you require delivery. Details for pick up and cancellation policy will be outlined on invoice after confirmation of availability is sent.
This Rhodes and pasture hay is magic. Cut before grass went to head so no hard stalks. It has had only one season’s growth and is beautiful and green. Suitable for all animals.
Last years hay, green on the inside is now $70 per bale or $60 per bale if you buy by the truckload.
500 bales of 4×4 netted round Rhodes grass available.
Delivery available by the truckload (24 bales) or in our trailer (3 bales at a time). Contact us for more information.
Highlands beef, horns and hides
In the near future, we will be diversifying into highland beef as well as hides and horn. Please register your interest below.
There are currently none available as slow grown takes 3 years to mature instead of fast growing other breeds. The benefits of slow grown highland beef include low cholesterol and the highest quality of marbled meat.
Please email us for more information or to be placed on wait list.