For Sale – Elm Hollow’s Karisma

Heifer calf, pasture sweetheart with showstopper potential

Karisma earned her name as a very young calf. She seemed to long for a runway to strut down so she could nod her head to the thunderous appaluse of her adoring fans. Born on December 9, 2021, to our smallest cow, this little spitfire immediately took over as the sweetheart of the pasture. We knew she was going to be a handful and she didn’t let us down!

I loved her tiny white spot that appeared on her right hip. It was a fashion statement for sure, and hopefully a hint that she will finish much lighter than she appeared as a very young calf. Already, lighter areas have formed around her eyes and around her nose. There is a possibility that she will finish silver.

The first day of halter school, Karisma came close to being expelled for a few days. After only a short time, she settled in and discovered how to earn the gold stars that she could exchange for treats. Just look at that perfect top line, her correct leg angles, her deep body and know that this one could be a showstopper!

Karisma’s sire is Big Ridge Fergus, AHCA # 57487. Her dam is GAM Emma Jane, AHCA # 58573.

Karisma boasts some well-known genetics in her background, including MacDonald of Esk, Sunset Rebel Yell, Muirneag of Vintage Hill, and Urras Achnacloich of Scotland.

Karisma is available with an opening bid of $5,500.

Update: Karisma sold for $6,900.

Image of Ink Stamp of The Word Sold


This is how the sale process works:

The listed price represents the lowest price I’m willing to accept.

I’ve had several people tell me that they missed out on a calf (or cow) they really had their heart set on because they sell so quickly - sometimes within an hour of posting. I’ve decided to wait up to 48 hours from the time of posting to close a sale on a calf (or cow).  Hopefully, this will allow those who are busy, but have their heart set on one of the babies, time to get back to me with their offer.

If you are interested in making an offer on the listed calf/cow, let me know by email to [email protected] within 24 hours of posting.  No new bidders will be accepted after the first 24 hours.   You must make an offer during the first 24 hours to be eligible to bid after the first 24 hours is up.  If there is more than one active bidder at the end of 24 hours, those bidders will be put into a joint email chain so they can communicate directly with me and with each other.  An active bidder is a bidder who has made an offer above the highest offer within an hour since the high bid was announced to all who have been bidding.

It is helpful to include some information about the environment that calf will be moving into and your plans for the animal. We consider this factor with greater weighting even than the offer, as we've spent so much time with our little fluffy friends and want the best for them.  If I have no information about the farm and your plans for the calf, I won’t consider your offer. 

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?

2. Do you have other cattle now? If not, why did you decide to get Highlands?

3. What are your plans for Highlands? Pets, beef, showing, breeding stock, pasture ornaments?

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 Extention Agent)

11. Do you have a good hay source for winter? (plan ahead for high quality hay and its safe storage)

12. Will your Highland have a compatible, BOVINE pasture companion?

And last but not least: Do you solemnly swear to send pictures and videos and give them hugs and kisses daily. Also tell them I miss them and if they need to come home they can? I mean that!

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.

Elm Hollow Karisma as a very young highland heifer calf

Elm Hollow’s Karisma, AHCA #63381.

Elm Hollow Karisma Highland heifer calf with cute white spot on her hip

Karisma showing off the cute white spot on her right hip.

Elm Hollow Karisma newborn Highland heifer calf with her dam

Karisma as a newborn calf with her dam, GAM Emma Jane, AHCA # 58487. Although Emma is very small, Karisma will be a mid sized cow.

Elm Hollow Karisma Highland heifer calf from rear showing strong back legs

A shot from the back to show off those strong, well shaped legs. This gal will definitely add style to your fold.

Elm Hollow Karisma heifer calf starting halter training

Karisma on her first day of halter school. She got the hang of earning gold start to trade for treats.

Pure bred registered brindle Highland bull

Karisma’s sire, Big Ridge Fergus, AHCA # 57487.

GAM Emma Jane Highland cow in pasture

Karisma’s dam, GAM Emma Jane, AHCA # 58573.

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