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4 year old RED GALLOWAY bull, developed by Joel Jackson of Jackson Trailblazer Ranch in Terry, MT. Docile, fertile, extremely easy keeping. Moderate framed, intelligent, cooperative.
We used him for one year with our Devon/Angus females for F2 terminal cross calves. We have decided to end that program, so “Andy” needs a new home.
Moderate in frame, and excellent match for a grass fed beef program, or for anyone wishing for moderate framed calves with easy maintenance requirements. $3500.
Questions?: Contact Jenny Sabo, 303 Pony Rd., Harrison, MT 59735. 406-451-6900 mobile.
One of the aspects of calving that I love most is the care and love that good mother cows give to their calves. While human-style hugs with arms aren’t in the picture, snuggles certainly are! All over the field on a quiet, sunny morning, we find calves tucked into the warm embrace of their loving mothers.
We have often heard that raising beef increases planetary methane from cattle flatulence.
HOWEVER, more GRASS FED beef often means that grasslands are improved for increased beef production. And, an improved grassland means a pasture that is dense with forage plants.
That means more oxygen, less carbon dioxide, and cleaner air!
Also, many grasslands are too arid, too steep, or just too rugged for farm machinery- so grass-fed beef is often able to be raised on ground that is not suitable for conventional motorized agriculture.
Sabo Ranch Grass Fed Beef, available by the Quarter, Half, or Whole Beef, or Burger by the pound.
Call us at 406-451-6900. Sabo Ranch, 303 Pony Rd., Harrison, MT 59735
Sabo Ranch Devons in Harrison, MT, is pleased to announce that we have some excellent commercial purebred Devon bulls for sale. Devons, known as “the butcher’s breed” for their excellent intramuscular fat, docility, and easy forage-to-meat fattening qualities are highly sought for GRASS FED BEEF operations.
SABO RANCH DEVON BULLS, docile, fertile, and easy keeping, are the answer to a grass-fed operator’s needs for low cost finishing of steers on forage, and easy keeping replacement females.
Sired by CIRCLE K DEVONS MAVERICK (registered Devon bull pictured below) these commercial young Devon bulls, born in May, 2015, are ready to add real pounds at NO extra feed cost to your grass-fed beef operation. Our own Devon/Angus steers routinely produce a 58-62% cutout on a 900+ lb carcass, 100% grass fed, at 20-24 months of age.
Call for pricing, more photos, and bull availability. Jenny Sabo, P.O.Box 65, Harrison, MT 59735. (406)451-6900 cell, email@example.com
Devon influenced steers, when compared to pure Angus steers in a feeding program in the Midwest, finished TWICE as fast, in 60 days as opposed to 120, in a conventional feedlot system.
We are proud to be able to support Kevin and Theresa Katuski’s commitment to quality, locally raised beef- even 4 hours drive north of Edmonton! Interested only in the delicious hay in front of them, these Devon heifers show their docility, even after a 26 hour trip north and arrival in a new home.
Mark & Jenny Sabo, Sabo Ranch, Harrison, MT 406-685-3248. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most of us would like to choose the sex of our calves, at least part of the time. Dairy herds resort to expensive sexed semen, which still contains a good percentage of Y sperm, and still often results in bull calves.
There is a better, and often more certain way to obtain the sex you WANT from your best cows. That 14 year old mother cow who calves every year on a 365 day cycle without a whisper of trouble, and gives you one of the biggest calves in your herd? Wouldn’t her bull make a great herd bull for your next generation? How about that beautiful family Jersey with the world’s creamiest milk- don’t you want heifer after heifer out of her?
With careful planning and a minimum of effort and extra expense, there is an easy way to achieve the desired sex of your upcoming calf.
It has to do with the HEALTH OF YOUR COW! A cow must be well mineralized and have a body pH that is moderately alkaline to conceive a HEIFER. If her body pH is more acid, she has a high likelihood of conceiving a BULL. Yes, the bull has a hand in it, but the cow is in control. Have you ever noticed that the majority of calves in the front end of your calving season are usually heifers? Those are the healthiest cows- they bred up, or bred back, the most quickly last year.
How do you get there?
Here are several tips that have worked for us in conceiving the calf sexes that we’d like:
1. Remineralize your pastures! The most expensive method up front, but the one that gives the most returns to YOUR ranch over time, is to improve the health and productivity of your own soils. Minerals are most available to the cattle from mineralized, healthy plants.
2. Mineralize your cattle! While cattle would rather get their minerals from healthy plants, the bacteria in their gut can digest and incorporate ground up rocks from the mineral box. Purebred cattle, with their lack of hybrid vigor (yet how could we have hybrids without those purebred genetics??) DO probably need a better mineral program than commercial hybrids.
We have had the best luck with Jim Helfter’s ABC Plus free choice mineral program- 100% conception, 100% healthy calves across 5 years- a record that pays for the more expensive minerals. We tried Mark Bader’s Free Choice minerals, but lost 6 out of 31 calves to anemia- never took their first breath, or died within 24 hours- pretty expensive! We have also talked with numerous cattle producers, from around the country, whose cattle “will not conceive & carry a calf with artificial insemination”, or “who only conceive bulls, not replacement heifers!” Our universal advice is to improve their mineral program. Cattle KNOW what they need on a daily, seasonally adjusted basis. Give them choices, and they’ll keep themselves healthy.
3. Give your mineralized cows adequate rest after nursing that calf, before calving again. While most cows CAN calve out healthy calves, and rebreed, with only a 45-60 day dry period, their body recovery and condition is more likely to conceive a bull.
We have found that if we give our average cows- Devons, crossbreds, or the higher producing Jerseys, all 100% grassfed- at least 80 “dry” days, and then rebreed them in the 70+days postpartum window, we’ll get heifers.
The highest producing cattle, usually the ones that are thinnest going into the dry period and have raised the biggest calves, might need a longer dry period, and an 80-90 day rest post partum while they are only nursing, to give you a heifer. Three of our smallest commercial red cows (who were also raising the fattest calves with the highest meat-to-bone ratio) received 150 days rest after their 5th consecutive bull calf, the last of which we sold as grassfed veal last year. Each one of them conceived a heifer the following year.
If our goal is bulls, we can stress our cattle a bit more. Good minerals are still a must, as deep bodied bulls only come from healthy mothers. However, if one allows last year’s calf to nurse a bit longer- a 60 day dry period for the cow- or rebreeds that cow quickly postpartum, at 45-60 days, the next year’s calf is likely to be a bull.
4. Select and cull your BREEDING herd, keeping only the healthiest cows. Keep the cows with the 365 day breeding seasons (the next healthy calf arrives 365 days after the previous one). Those cows have proven their genetic herd worth. Fertility, mothering, ease of calving, longevity, are all embodied in those older cows. No sense selling the “average” ones if they still work for you. Just don’t keep their offspring in the breeding herd- that’s where your sale barn or retail beef program comes in handy!
These “best cows” will still give adequate bull calves to maintain the development of sale bulls, but you’ll be able to build your replacement heifers easily, and have plenty to sell over time as replacements and breeding stock for others. We only make real money on a cow AFTER her 4th calf. The best breeders have a good stock of old ladies, still producing healthy calves! That’s where we should be seeking our next round of semen, should we go “off ranch” for new genetics.
I always ask WHY do cows conceive like this? My theory:
The male offspring of a “cow interested in genetic longevity”, a bull, normally gets a LOT of chances to create that cow’s grandchildren. If she’s a bit stressed at conception, her genetics will pass down more easily with a bull calf.
The female offspring of that same foresighted cow will only bear a few calves during HER lifespan. Far better to conceive that heifer calf with the possibility of deep heart girth, great mineralization, adequate body fat to carry that heifer calf to a healthy, strong birth, and healthy “grand calves”!
Have fun, fall in love with the old ladies who still have healthy heifer calves at their sides, and enjoy the challenge of building sturdy, low maintenance, sustainable genetics for the 21st century of grassfed producers!
Sabo Ranch commits to NOT BABYING OUR HEIFERS!
Weaned 3/16/14, at 9 months old (notice the awful March corral mud!), these fullblood Devon heifers will continue on a “range diet”. No feedlots for these girls! We’ll give them just enough hay to do well, then dry rangeland grazing for the rest of their summer lives until breeding. They are bred and raised at Sabo Ranch to do well in the arid West! They’ll thrive on whatever your ranch has, without needing pampering, feed bunks, extra rations, or fancy fermented feeds. We treat these girls just like any other range cow, so you can do the same.
All Sabo Ranch cattle are 100% GRASSFED!
Fullblood Devon heifers(weaning weight avg. 570lbs) and Devon/Angus heifers(weaning weight avg. 633 lbs) available for sale. Call for pricing and availability.
Sabo Ranch, P.O.Box 65, Harrison, MT 59735. 406-451-6900. email@example.com
Devons have adapted beautifully to the high altitude, predator filled dry land pastures of the high mountain West.
Questions? Mark and Jenny Sabo, Harrison, MT 406-685-3248. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sabo Ranch is pleased to offer semen from our two registered Rotokawa Devon bulls, SABO EBAN and his full brother SABO DANIEL. We have used these two bulls for three years in our own herd of fullblood Devon cows, and Red and Black Angus cows. We love his offspring! Gentle, deep bodied, strong.
Great for adult cows, the hybrid calves will be larger, and along with the super-feed-efficiency of the Devon influence on those hybrid calves, might make for larger calves that you would like for heifers. We average 72-75 lbs birthweight on composite calves from these two bulls on Angus cows, and we are careful to underfeed our cows in the last trimester of their pregnancies. We save on feed costs, and have only pulled 3 out of 180 calves(2 breech).
Devon composite calves are extremely strong. We have never assisted a Devon composite calf to nurse for the first time.
300 day Weaning weight on Devon/Angus composite calves: Steers, 644 lbs, Heifers 633 lbs. Purebred Devon heifers, 570 lbs.
Contact us for availability, Mark & Jenny Sabo, 406-685-3248. $30.00/straw.
Sabo Ranch, 303 Pony Rd., Harrison, MT 59735 406-685-3248 email@example.com