We decided just yesterday that it would be necessary to sell a cow or two. Our hay was disappearing rapidly. The only animal we had that would bring good money at a sale barn was Babe, the Hereford. Babe is also the cow that ate the most. I halfway wanted to keep her calf, but I asked Cliff what he'd do, and he said he'd sell her too. Here's the thing: Little Annie isn't eating a tremendous amount of hay yet, but next winter she will be. Of course Gracie is coming along too. Babies grow. We only have so much pasture. None of my dairy cows or heifers would bring much at auction; Craigslist is full of dairy cows that don't seem to be selling too well.
At first we planned to do our usual drill when moving cattle: Drive thirty miles, borrow Cliff's brother's pickup and livestock trailer, come back home, load Babe and Annie, haul them thirty-five miles to Kingsville, and return the pickup and trailer. The auction folks would no doubt split them and sell them separately to bring the most money, then take out their share of the money.
Cliff's brother was here yesterday and asked, "Why don't you put them on Craigslist?"
"Because we don't have any idea what cattle are worth right now," I said.
But this morning when we were on our walk, we decided to go ahead and try Craigslist. I mentioned in the ad that if they weren't gone by Monday we were taking them to the sale. I went out and took some nice pictures of the pair, to go with the ad.