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Devon Cattle for Sale saboranch on 22 Sep 2014

Only 2 registered Devon heifers available-March, 2015

While we have not yet chosen which heifers we will be selling next year, we guarantee that we only sell females that we would be happy to keep in our own herd.  We neuter and beef all animals that do not match up to our own breeding stock standards.

You can see from the focal length of this photo how gentle these Sabo Ranch heifers are.  You can also see her loose, wrinkled skin-- a definitive indicator of TENDER BEEF!  Loose connective tissue is characteristic of our heifers, and their offspring's beef proves it out.  Purchase one Sabo Devon heifer, and create your next incredible herd bull for your crossbred, grassed BEEF PROGRAM!

You can see from the focal length of this photo how gentle, (and close!) these Sabo Ranch heifers are. You can also see her loose, wrinkled skin– a definitive indicator of TENDER BEEF! Loose connective tissue is characteristic of all our heifers, and their offspring’s beef proves it out. Purchase a Sabo Devon heifer or two, and create your next incredible herd bull for your GRASSFED BEEF PROGRAM!         DEVONS ARE THE PERFECT BULL FOR GOURMET QUALITY TERMINAL CROSS CALVES.

 

So, with that in mind, we wanted to let potential buyers know

ONLY TWO REGISTERED DEVON HEIFERS available for sale in SPRING 2015 from Sabo Ranch.

Feel free to contact us by email before March 15, 2015, and we will be able to send you photos of the chosen sale-ready heifers by late March.

Mark and Jenny Sabo, Sabo Ranch Grassfed, P.O.Box 65, Harrison, MT 59735.  (406) 685-3248.  saboranch1@gmail.com

Beef Cattle &Devon Cattle for Sale saboranch on 15 May 2014

Sabo Devons move to CANADA!

Theresa Katuski unloads 4 Sabo Ranch Devon heifers at the Katuski farm in northern Alberta. Land of the midnight sun, with 6' of snow in winter and invasions by herds of hungry elk which can eat 2 round bales of hay in a night!!!!, these heifers will start the northernmost Devon herd in North America! (photo by Kevin Katuski)

 

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.  saboranch1@gmail.com.

Beef Cattle &Devon Cattle for Sale &Jersey Cattle for Sale saboranch on 15 May 2014

Green Up in Montana

It's so nice when our mother cows keep their calves' toes warm during breakfast!

With all females, both Devon and Jersey, sold out from Sabo Ranch’s 2013 calves, we are taking orders on this year’s calf crop.  Two A2A2 Jersey heifers have been born already, with Devon bull calves already on the ground and more Devons to come!

Montana Springtime means sun and snow, and with 5 new calves born last night during this little storm, it’s great to see that both mothers and babies are unphased!

One of our beautiful Devon heifer calves, just born last night and perky with energy and good colostrum.
Snow’s melted by afternoon, nitrogen and moisture blessing the grasses.  Even the little A2 Jersey heifer “Ursa”, born to Lula (an unusual black full Jersey) last night is out frolicking in the spring green.
Interested in placing an order for spring 2015 delivery of a Sabo Ranch Devon or an A2 Jersey heifer?  Give us a call at 406-685-3248, or email at saboranch1@gmail.com.

Mother "Cupcake", and her daughters "Chloe", and 2-1/2 month old "Cookie" chat at the end of a good day of grazing that lovely new grass.

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!

 

Beef Cattle &Devon Cattle for Sale saboranch on 19 Mar 2014

Why Sabo Devons?

If Devon heifers like these are your cup of tea, they're ready to be added to your herd!

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!

Sabo OLLIE, a classic Sabo Ranch registered Devon heifer. 9 months old at weaning, fat as a tick after competing with the rest of the herd for her 15 lbs of 1st cutting hay each day all winter. CAN DEVONS THRIVE IN THE WEST? YOU BET!!

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.  406-685-3248. saboranch1@gmail.com

Beef Cattle &Devon Cattle for Sale &Sustainable Agriculture &Uncategorized &Wildlife saboranch on 02 Feb 2014

Can docile Devons deal with Predators??

This was photographed at 1pm in the middle of the hayfield where our Devon herd was feeding. The deer was killed the previous night by coyotes, cleaned up by 10 bald eagles and numerous magpies, ravens, etc

 

Devons as small as this first calf heifer, with a pudgy heifer calf due to her high butterfat milk, have no trouble protecting their offspring from our various predators. Docile to all humans, great mothers! This calf has CREAM on her muzzle at the end of nursing, not milk!

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. saboranch1@gmail.com

Beef Cattle &Devon Cattle for Sale &Grass Fed Beef Sales saboranch on 04 Sep 2012

Sabo Devon Semen available- Rotokawa 974 sons

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.

Contact us for availability, Mark & Jenny Sabo, 406-685-3248.  $25.00/straw.

SABO EBAN registered Rotokawa Devon bull.  Sired by Rotokawa 974, dam: Rotokawa 930(double bred Rotokawa 667).   Eban is an embryo bull, born here at Sabo Ranch in May 2009.  Gentle, well adapted to our arid pastures, easy calving, great feet.  Photo taken May 2011.    Limited semen quantity available.

Sabo Daniel, double bred Rotokawa 667 for excellent udder and teat structure, with great feet, deep body, and extremely gentle temperament.  Deceased.  Limited amount of semen available.

Sabo Daniel, double bred Rotokawa 667 for excellent udder and teat structure, with great feet, deep body, and extremely gentle temperament. Deceased. Limited amount of semen available.  Photo taken at age 3-1/2 years old.

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

Prices subject to change without notice.

 

Articles &Beef Cattle &Devon Cattle for Sale &Sustainable Agriculture saboranch on 09 Aug 2012

Choose gentle Devons for better gain on Grass

Article after article, rancher after rancher these days, is looking for better gain in their cattle on fewer and fewer inputs.

As fuel costs rise, and hay, and gasoline to run a vehicle to check on cattle in the fields, we all need to find the solution for minimum input and maximum gain.

Devons can be the answer!  “…recent studies at Oregon State University evaluated the impacts of temperament on gain performance, reproduction and health parameters…”    and found that cattle with poor temperament negatively affected all the above parameters.

Not taken with a telephoto, Devons are among the most gentle of breeds. Fertile, extremely easy keeping, intelligent, and able to adapt to any environment. The perfect breed for producer safety and beef gain!

Beef Cattle &Devon Cattle for Sale saboranch on 22 Feb 2010

Our first Rotokawa Devon heifer- Sabo Abby born 5/11/08

Sabo Abby (Sire: Rotokawa 93, Dam: Rotokawa 958) photographed Feb 2010, after a winter eating only standing grass and 20 lbs/day of 1st cutting hay.

SABO ABBY (Sire: Rotokawa 93, Dam: Rotokawa 958) photographed Feb 2010, after a winter eating only standing grass and 20 lbs/day of 1st cutting hay.

Sabo Abby, just after she was born in a May Montana snowstorm, the first of our 2008 calves.  Abby is an ET(embryo transplant) calf, borne and nursed by one of our Red Angus heifers.

SABO ABBY, just after she was born in a May Montana snowstorm, the first of our 2008 calves. Abby is an ET(embryo transplant) calf, borne and nursed by one of our Red Angus heifers.

SABO ABBY is the first of our growing herd of purebred Rotokawa Devon cattle.  The eldest of our 8 current Rotokawa Devons, Abby is gentle, intelligent, and remarkably easy keeping.  Although she was carried by and born to our most slender Red Angus cow (in her first pregnancy!), Abby is showing her Devon genetics well.   We will be harvesting embryos from Abby this summer.   We look towards increasing our Montana-born Rotokawa Devons for ourselves, and other cattle ranchers seeking their easy keeping, easy fleshing, tender, 100% grassfed genetics.

ABBY is not for sale, as we are building our current herd.  We will not be selling our Rotokawa embryo Devon heifers (Sabo Abby, Belle, Callie, or Dora), but will be harvesting embryos once from each of them, and might have embryos for sale if all goes well on that endeavor.  ABBY’s full brother, Sabo BEN, is for sale, photos coming soon!

We have more Rotokawa ET bull calves (born May 2009) here than we will need, and will be selecting which to sell next spring, 2011.  They are looking terrific at the moment, even in the dead of winter!  Look for a post coming soon with photos of our 2009 crop of Rotokawa Devons!

For more information about our Rotokawa Devons, or our Devon crossbred cattle, contact us at (406)685-3248, saboranch@gmail.com