Point Pleasant Cattle Company.

Gifford, Illinois


Legend says our area was probably named after the Battle of Point Pleasant in West Virginia. For the earliest landowners here, the battle would have been acknowledged as the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Some of them were veterans or sons of veterans of the battle. There's a grove of trees you can see from our house where the area post office once stood. We hope to keep the legacy and the name of the area alive with our farm.


Point Pleasant Cattle Company was originally founded in 2018 as Short Femurs Farm. Our name was changed as we decided to focus less on raising miniature cattle and more on quality highland cattle. Located in the American Heartland, Point Pleasant calls central Illinois home. We raise registered and unregistered highland cattle. We have chosen to do this to provide a wider variety for our customers. We understand that people purchase highlands for many different reseasons and want to be able to accommodate as many of these as possible.


Have a look around - and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


Our Method


Our Highlands are raised on about two acres of pasture that has been split into paddocks to help with rotational grazing during the summer, We utilize grass hay to supplement when the grass cannot keep up. They always have access to fresh water and a loose vitamin/mineral supplement. The cattle are checked daily. This helps us make sure appropriate care is provided as well as acclimate them to human interaction. We often can't go out in the pasture without them coming to us to check out what we are doing. This frequent interaction also helps reduce stress when we have to work with them. That could be moving them with a halter, putting them in the headgate, moving paddocks, or loading them in the trailer. One of our number one goals with our cattle is that they are exposed to many different situations. This makes them easier to work with for not only us but our veterinarian and future owners.


Cows ready to calve are moved to the barn to be monitored. This also helps us step in to assist if needed. However, this does not always go as planned. Mothers and their calves are moved to the barn if calving occurs in the pasture. This again helps us monitor both mama and baby to make sure everyone gets a good start. Healthy calves return to the fold with their mothers as soon as possible though.


Calves are weaned at about 6 months. We utilize fenceline weaning to continue with our low-stress method. This allows calves to continue to stay in a familiar environment and slowly adapt to separation.


We have worked closely with our local veterinarian and University to follow best practices with vaccinations and parasite management. Our adult cattle are annually vaccinated and treated every six months for worms and lice. Our calves are vaccinated shortly after being born and given another set after 12 weeks.


Detailed records of our cattle are logged on our livestock program. These records help us track the care of each animal and provide records for future customers.


Reviews

What our buyers are saying

What our buyers are saying

Diana // Willard

"I recently bought a bull calf from Point Pleasant Cattle Co. Kimber was informative & kept me updated with pictures. She has raised a beautiful boy & halter trained him before we came & got him. He’s a blessing to our farm!"