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Jersey Cattle for Sale saboranch on 15 Aug 2015

Lovely, well trained, productive A2A2 Jersey heifers

These two heifers have been raised entirely by Lance Larum of Townsend, MT.  He brought them both here to be bred by our A2 Jersey bull ‘Toby”.  I was impressed with their docility and cooperative natures, even the first minute that they arrived into a strange corral, strange bull, new system.  Excellent conformation, good feet, super productive dam.  Lance knows what he’s doing! 

Two Bred A2A2 Jersey Heifers for Sale, 1 and 2 Years Old

We have two outstanding young Jersey heifers for sale.  The heifers are “Annika”, 2 years old and “Orla”, 1 year old.  Both heifers have tested negative for TB, are Bangs vaccinated, Milk Protein DNA tested, are A2A2 genotypes and have been bred to the Sabo Ranch’s A2A2 Jersey bull “Toby”.  (If you aren’t familiar with the significance of this A2A2 classification, an internet search for ‘A2A2’ will yield much useful information.)


Both were born to our family milk cow “CC”.  Both heifers have well attached udders and equal sized teats and quarters. ?They both exhibit excellent conformation, health, and temperament. Each heifer is broke to lead and load into our trailer and have their mother’s gentle personality. I would expect them to make wonderful family milk cows like their mother CC.  If interested in raising your own quality A2A2 milk for your family these Jerseys are special little cows.  We are asking $2400 for either heifer.  Call Lance Lerum in Townsend at 521-0468 or email: lerum@gmail.com for more information.

(CC photo)

Dam CC came to us 4 years ago from a dairy in Washington and is a gentle 6 year old Jersey.  She is A2A2 and is a fabulous family cow.  CC consistently gives about 4 gallons a day throughout her lactation on grass, hay, and sweet mix and after her calves are weaned does fine with a single daily milking.  CC’s milk is of superior quality. Last year we put a second calf on CC and she accepted the additional calf immediately. We have always had her AI’d and she has always bred first time, giving us three heifers to date.  She comes when called better than the dog.

For Sale:  ANNIKA  2 year old heifer Annika was born July 1, 2013.  Her sire is Sunbow Mohawk-ET, dam is CC.    I used dehorning paste on her when she was a calf and was not totally successful so she has short horns.  Annika was bred May 28, 2015 and should calve around March 8, 2016.  She has missed her last three heats since breeding and I am confident she is pregnant.

(Annika photo)

For Sale:  ORLA   1 year old heifer Orla was born July 26, 2014. Her sire is Impuls Stone-ET and dam is CC.  Orla is very gentle, and is a more independent little cow.  She often sets out on her own to graze and isn’t as tied to the herd, likely making her very adaptable to being an only cow.  This time I had the vet do the dehorning and she has no horns. She was bred June 12, 2015 and is expected to calve March 24, 2016.  She has missed her last two heats and I am equally confident she is pregnant.

(Orla photo)

Jersey Cattle for Sale saboranch on 04 Aug 2015

A1A2 Jersey SOLD, yearling heifer still available

Again, here are a couple of photos of a cow and calf that the owner, Bill King of Butte, MT, would like to sell by the end of August.  Her heifer calf (for sale below) was sired by our bull Holt Creek Procyon.

“Penny” SOLD is a lovely, gentle first-calf cow, born March 31, 2012.  Preg checked for a Dec 16, 2015 calf.  “I have milked her once a day for almost a year and she averages 2 – 3 gallons a day” says Bill.  A1A2. howardannedell@yahoo.com  406-559-6198

“Peanut” is a strong and healthy heifer and will be a good milker too.  FOR SALE.  She is cycling regularly. She was born on Aug 4, 2014.  Peanut is sired by our bull “Holt Creek Procyon”, an A2A2 certified organic, 100% grass-fed registered Jersey from a Nebraska dairy.  Procyon’s calves are sturdy, gentle, and easy keeping.  Peanut is being tested at UC Davis for A2 genetics, and results should be back by August 15.

Penny with 6'2" Bill King, her owner.

Penny with 6’2″ Bill King, her owner.  $2400.  Trained, gentle, due Dec 16, 2015.   In milk.  A1A2.


Penny's full udder.

Penny’s full udder.

Side view of Penny's udder

Side view of Penny’s udder






"Peanut", Penny's yearling heifer calf.  Born Aug. 4, 2014, A2 test results ready by Aug 15.  $1800

“Peanut”, Penny’s yearling heifer calf. Born Aug. 4, 2014, A2 test results ready by Aug 15. $1800

Interested?  Please contact Bill King, in Butte, MT, directly.  howardannedell@yahoo.com

IMG_2031  Holt Creek Procyon, Peanut’s registered Jersey sire, at 4 years old.  Deep bodied, easy keeping, A2A2, 100% grass fed.

Articles &Beef Cattle &Dairy Cattle &Devon Cattle for Sale &Jersey Cattle for Sale saboranch on 19 Mar 2014

Do you want a HEIFER or a BULL?

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.

10 year old grade Jersey 'Cupckake' with her 7th vigorous newborn HEIFER calf, uploading colostrum!

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.

Although this fat Devon/Angus steer (just weaned at 9 months) is standing in front of a feeder, these three days post-weaning are the only days he'll see a feeder. Otherwise, his deep heart girth and mineralized good health will allow him to admirably compete with his herd mates for his 15 lbs of daily hay during the winter months, to gain weight easily on a 100% grassfed regimen, and to stay healthy until butchering at 22 months.

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!


Dairy Cattle &Jersey Cattle for Sale &Meet the Sabos &Sustainable Agriculture saboranch on 16 Aug 2012

Trained Jersey family cows- the benefits of a Sabo Ranch Jersey

When a family cow is well trained, she can be tied to any post and milked by nearly anyone. Here, Angela and Jim Manring, new owners of SABO ISABEL (Jersey/Devon first calf heifer) milk Isabel on her first day in her new home. Isabel's calf Isra (birthing assistance by Sabo Ranch intern Heather Andrews on a blustery night in March) keeps Isabel company at the fencepost.

Sabo Ranch specializes in trained A2A2 Jersey cows, ready for your own small family farm.  We breed our 100% grassfed Jerseys for gentle temperament, easy keeping, hand milking, and tolerance of all things FAMILY- small children, wandering chickens, barking dogs, free range pigs, frequent new visitors, a varied crew of milkers (interns, children, visitors)

Riley Sabo, age 11, showing his Jersey heifer with 4H. Great training for non-flappable cows!

When we say visitors, we sometimes mean a LOT of visitors. Here, Bozeman and Harrison 4th graders get a milking demonstration by Riley Sabo.

All females for sale are sold guaranteed bred.  Currently, we are working with our A2A2 Jersey bull, Holt Creek Procyon.  We also use A2A2 Jersey bulls from New Zealand, a country that specializes in grassfed animals with their oceanic climate.

Each calf we raise is trained by Jenny and Mark Sabo and their young sons Riley and Kiril.  All calves nurse through the entire 9 month milking season for their mothers, so they function well in a herd and do not learn the pushy tendencies often seen in bucket calves.   This nursing also develops a strong jaw muscles, and correct jaw placement for a lifetime of healthy grazing.

Sabo dairy calves, waiting to nurse and graze with their mothers after the morning's milking. Calves are separated in the pen each night from their mothers, with mothers just outside in their larger electric fenced grazing area. Our free range young pigs decided to sneak under the fence and join the calves each night. Great company!

Calves start working on a halter at 5-7 days old, and lead well as adults as a result.  We also practice lifting each calf’s feet, like a horse, so that they are familiar with balance and technique, should they need to have hoof trimming or doctoring of their feet as adults.

All Jerseys are fed a lifetime diet of free choice Helfter minerals, which builds good bones, strong immune systems, and good intestinal health from the start.  This mineral program also includes a full complement of probiotics and free choice vitamins for year round health.

The Manring family's free choice mineral delivery system. Simple, inexpensive, and efficient. All 12 choices, plus white salt, available every time their cow comes into the corral for milking.

Another variation of an inexpensive free choice mineral feeder, built by Shannon Browning.

Purchase price of every Sabo Family Cow comes with 12 months of free consultations with Jenny Sabo.  Not sure how your hay will do?  Wondering how to train you dairy calf?  What does it mean when my cow does __?  Where should I buy good grassfed Jersey semen?  How big should that hot fence area be each day?

Call Jenny, and she will do her best to answer each question, or will refer you to an expert in that field.  We milk our 100% grassfed Jersey cows each day, year round, and drink the milk daily, so we understand the family cow system better than most.

Want to visit and experience the family cow firsthand?  Schedule an overnight at Sabo Ranch, with individual time with Jenny to try your hand at milking, see the whole system at work, and ask as many questions as you’d like!  Make yogurt & kefir & butter!

Sabo Ranch, 303 Pony Rd., Harrison, MT 59735   406-685-3248   saboranch1@gmail.com