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Devon Cattle for Sale &Events &Grass Fed Beef Sales &Sustainable Agriculture &Uncategorized saboranch on 04 Mar 2018

May 26-28 2018 World Devon Congress Mini-Tour HOST: Come participate!

Interested in Red Devons, and want to know more? Come participate in Harrison, MT May 26-28, 2018!

5/26/18:  Tour the Amsterdam Meat Shop to see a premier local butcher and meat processing facility with animal holding pens and knock box designed by world famous facility designer Temple Grandin. Manhattan, MT.

5/27/18:  Tour Montana Red Devons ranch and Devon cattle, Harrison, MT, and share 2 delicious Devon beef meals with locally harvested ingredients, with a soak at Norris Hot Springs before dinner. Harrison, MT.
5/28/18:  A chance to tour Yellowstone National Park with U.S. and international Devon breeders- a lifetime opportunity to “talk Devons” with breeders from all over the US and the world. Bus leaves from Bozeman, MT.

For tickets, contact www.reddevonusa.com.  Questions?  Call Montana Red Devons host Jenny Kahrl at 406-451-6900, or email to jmkahrl1@gmail.com

Beef Cattle &Devon Cattle for Sale saboranch on 01 Nov 2017

Red Devon/Angus Pairs for sale


All cattle offered in this post are RED, and cows were bred to registered Red Devon bulls for 2018 calves.  All cows were born April/May 2014.

#28– 3/4 Devon cow, bred back for a late May 2018 calf. $1625.
#9694– 3/4 Red Devon cow, bred back for a late April 2018 calf. $1625.
#493 Pair–  3/4 Devon cow, bred back for a mid-late April 2018 calf. 4/19/17 Galloway cross heifer calf at side. $2475/pair.
#27 Pair–  3/4 Devon cow, bred back for a late April, 2018 calf. 4/15/17 Galloway cross heifer calf at side.$2475/pair.

Questions?   Call Jenny Kahrl, Montana Red Devons, P.O.Box 65, Harrison, MT 59735.  406-451-6900(m)  saboranch1@gmail.com

Devon Cattle for Sale saboranch on 22 Jul 2016

Sabo Ranch- Breeding Choices and Parasite Resistance

I recently read an article by Kit Pharo about parasites, specifically horn flies, and cattle’s resistance to them.  I quote Kit, below:

“Horn flies have an anti-coagulate factor in their saliva that prevents blood clotting while some breeds, such as Brahman, are much more resistant to horn flies.   They have three times the number of hairs per unit of surface area than do most British and Continental breeds.”

“Within a breed, some individuals are much more resistant to horn flies than others.”

“Smaller framed animals have significantly fewer flies than larger framed animals within the same breed.   Cattle of the same breed seem to be born with approximately the same numbers of hairs.   When you enlarge the frame size, you have fewer hairs per square inch.   The bigger the animal, the greater the distance between hairs.”

“Every hair follicle has two sebaceous glands that secrete a substance that reflects sunlight (heat) and provides a natural resistance to insects.   The more hairs, the more secretion.   Cattle that have a very slick and shiny summer hair coat seldom have much in the way of fly problems.

they are feeding.   Some beef animals have a higher level of a natural chemical called thrombin that works to counteract the fly’s anti-coagulate.   Simply by selecting for animals that have a higher level of thrombin in their blood, we can effectively select for horn fly resistance.

“Bulls, because of their testosterone, will typically have two to four times more flies than cows.   Flies are attracted to testosterone.”

SABO RANCH has always selected for Devon cattle that show the best possible resistance to parasites.  Just as plants send out pheromone messages to plant predators when they are sick and need to be returned to the soil, so do animals.

Have you ever patted a dog that eats what it should be eating, raw meat?  Its fur is shiny, soft, and free of excess oils.  A dog fed conventional grain-based dry food often has a lot of oil and odor- that’s the skin, the animal’s largest organ, trying desperately to rid the dog’s body of the toxins in the conventional dog food.

We never save bulls or cows that have been doctored as young animals into the registered Devon breeding pool.  Only bulls that have been healthy all their lives are selected as herd bulls at Sabo Ranch.

We also carefully watch our Devons for signs of external parasites, warts(viral susceptibility), and poor digestion.  Healthy mother cows bred to healthy bulls give us healthy, long-lived calves without medical troubles.  Simple as that.

Sabo Ranch registered Devon breeding stock is selected only from the healthiest cattle in the herd.  That ability to resist Nature’s continued efforts at “early digestion back to the bacteria of the soil” is a hallmark of Sabo Ranch Devons, and passes along easily to the next generation of calves.

Questions?  Jenny Sabo, 406-451-6900, Harrison, MT 59735.  saboranch1@gmail.com, Facebook, Sabo Ranch.

Devon Cattle for Sale saboranch on 26 Jun 2016

Sabo Ranch Devon Breeding Choices for 2016

July 1 we turn in our Devon bulls.  We’re trying some different approaches this year.

1). ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION with GOWAN ROSS GENTLEMAN and VIXDEVONS JURASSIC, two top quality Devon bulls from Australia.  We are excited to start our breeding program with these incredible bulls from two award winning Devon herds who have been selecting for both maternal traits of longevity udders, feet, and mothering, and commercial traits for gourmet Devon beef.  The best of both worlds!

Gowan Ross GENTLEMAN G82(P)

Gowan Ross GENTLEMAN G82(P)

Gentleman's dam, Gowan Ross Gentle Z69(P)

Gentleman’s dam, Gowan Ross Gentle Z69(P)

Vix Lupin J76(P), Jurassic's dam.

Vix Lupin J76(P), Jurassic’s dam.

A Gentleman daughter. Stocky and beautiful

A Gentleman daughter. Stocky and beautiful

2). DEVON EMBRYOS into 14 of our commercial cows, with Devon bulls following for them and the remainder of our commercial cows for strong Devon influenced calves for 2017.  Embryos are sired by Tapuwae 635 and Te Maewa OBAN, both New Zealand bulls selected for excellent udders, mothering, and easy weight gain.

New Zealand bull Tapuwae 635(P)

New Zealand bull Tapuwae 635(P)

Te Maewa Oban 867/11(H)

Te Maewa Oban 867/11(H)

INTERESTED IN ORDERING A SABO RANCH 2017 CALF?  Contact us at 406-451-6900(c), saboranch1@gmail.com, or our Facebook page.

Sabo Ranch, P.O.Box 65, 303 Pony Rd, Harrison, MT 59735

Devon Cattle for Sale &Devon Semen for SALE saboranch on 15 Jun 2016

Breeding Season!

Tipping Point –

As we enjoy the green grass, the strong Devon and commercial calves, and start to plan for our 2016 breeding season, we agree with Kit Pharo’s words, here.  Our breeding choices in the next 3 weeks affect our lives for years to come.  What an exciting time!

June cows

“It is becoming more and more evident that we are entering a new era in beef production.   We are at a major tipping point.   What has worked so well for the last 50 years will NOT work for the next 50 years.   This excites me!   It will provide some with an opportunity to increase profitability – even with much lower calf prices.   Although all cow-calf producers have the same opportunity to achieve long-term success, most won’t change a thing until they are forced to.   Please remember… your success, or lack thereof, will be a matter of choice – NOT luck!   It will be up to YOU!” Kit Pharo

Green grass and Devon easy keeping genetics- followed by her little upcoming Devon herd bull!

Green grass and Devon easy keeping genetics- followed by her little upcoming Devon herd bull!

“In times of change learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”   ~ Eric Hoffer

Interested in Sabo Ranch Devon and Devon-bred cattle for your operation? 406-451-6900, saboranch1@gmail.com

We'll be using a lot of this Devon bull for 2016, Te Maewa Oban from New Zealand

We’ll be using a lot of this Devon bull for 2016, Te Maewa Oban from New Zealand.  His semen is also for sale here at Sabo Ranch.

Beef Cattle &Devon Cattle for Sale saboranch on 16 Apr 2016

Calving at its best


IMG_0572One 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.


Devon Cattle for Sale &Uncategorized saboranch on 28 Mar 2016

Australian Devon semen to be used at Sabo Ranch, summer 2016

We are excited to announce that after more than a year of waiting in the U.S., and the hard work of Australian Red Devon breeders Vic Edwards (VixDevons) and Alison Heap (Gowan Ross Devons), that the semen of Vix Jurassic J76(P) and Gowan Ross Gentleman G82(P) has arrived in the U. S.

Udders and Feet, and “Do-ability” in adverse conditions- that’s what we sought when we visited VixDevons and Gowan Ross!  Here’s a photo of Jurassic’s dam- just plain a beautiful working animal.


We will breed many of our current herd of Devon cattle to those bulls this year, and we can’t wait to see these Australian calves on the ground, and see how these award winning Devon genetics do in the wide dry fields of Montana.

We thank Vic and Alison for their generosity in hosting us at their Devon cattle station in January 2015, for opening doors to other Devon stations in their region, and for all the hard work and rigorous selection process that has brought the genetics from their award winning herds here to the U.S. to further enrich the Devon breed which we all love so well.

Sabo Ranch, P.O.Box 65, Harrison, MT 59735. 406-451-6900. saboranch1@gmail.com.

Articles &Beef Cattle &Devon Cattle for Sale saboranch on 02 Mar 2016

More Beef, More Grass, Lower Greenhouse Gases?

We have often heard that raising beef increases planetary methane from cattle flatulence.

Devon/Red Angus yearling heifers for SALE.  Deep bodied, gentle, gourmet quality beef producers!

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.

From the steppes of Mongolia and Kazakhstan, to the Serengeti plains of Africa, to the arid grasslands of the American West, GRASS grows BEEF.

dsc_0505Interested in supporting soil that grows grass?  Soil that stays covered in perennial forages, which protect against wind and water erosion?

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


Beef Cattle &Devon Cattle for Sale saboranch on 06 Feb 2016

Red Devon bulls for sale- born May 2015

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.

Our bulls and steers bed on snow, are fed 1st cutting hay, and have no shelter all winter. These boys know open country!

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.

A nice example of BEEF- Devon influenced calf at Sabo Ranch.

A nice example of BEEF- a 3/4 Devon heifer calf  with her Devon/Angus dam at Sabo Ranch.

Sabo Daniel- Eban's full brother, and the other sire of our Devon heifers. Rotokawa 974 son.

Sabo Ranch Devon bull

Call for pricing, more photos, and bull availability.  Jenny Sabo, P.O.Box 65, Harrison, MT 59735.  (406)451-6900 cell, saboranch1@gmail.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.

Devon Cattle for Sale &Devon Semen for SALE saboranch on 25 May 2015


Sabo Ranch is pleased to announce the arrival of NEW DEVON SEMEN tested for sale to CANADA and the UNITED STATES.

Pedigree and Breed information below. Questions?  (406)451-6900 (mobile), or saboranch1@gmail.com.

$38/straw, purchaser pays for shipping from Iowa. Recommended for adult cows only, not heifers.

The PERFECT “Inline Outcross” for owners of Rotokawa Devon cattle!

TE MAEWA OBAN 867/11(H) semen has arrived! Limited quantities available.

“He has really grown out since you seen him, after servicing the cows last year I put him on the scales and he weighed in at 1110kilos. If you want to look up his revised Breedplan figures on the NZ website his herd number is 170711867. He is now a trait leader for 200 day weight.  His calves are some of the best I have ever bred.”  Graeme Dyk  April 2016


    2016_05192016april0037 Jan. 2015 News from Graeme Dyk, Oban’s breeder in New Zealand.  “You wouldn’t pick Oban as the same bull (from when we saw him in January 2015). He has really filled out and beefed up and when I weighed him last he was 1055 kilograms with still growing to do. Once again last calving, no calves pulled or cows assisted and his calves weighing from 35-45 kilo. Most in the 38-42 kilo range. His calves really stand out in the paddock amongst the rest.” October 2015

Te Maewa Oban 867-11                                                 TE MAEWA OBAN 867/11  (see pedigree below)

Te Maewa Oban 867-11Oban- G DykeOban, January 2015
This past winter, in January and February, 2015, Mark and I and our 2 boys were pleased to tour numerous Australian and New Zealand Devon studs.   Lots of terrific bulls, and we are importing some of them– to be available in the US and Canada!  TE MAEWA OBAN has arrived!  If all goes well, we’ll also be selling Tapuwae, and VixDevons semen before long, tested for sale in both Canada and the U.S.

Graeme Dyk’s Te Maewa Devon stud is a beautiful farm in the central north island of New Zealand.  Steep is not the word- many pastures would qualify as “precipitous”!  Yes, Te Maewa’s Devons thrive here, scaling the paddocks, putting on pounds, and producing beautiful, deep bodied Devons with strength, gourmet quality beef, and fertility all in one package.

IMG_1096Two Te Maewa Devon lactating cows.  Demonstrating how to keep on weight in steep paddocks, and the beautiful conformation that is consistent in the Te Maewa herd.

Te Maewa 145Another beautiful Te Maewa cow, showing off the udders which we have selected with Te Maewa Oban’s genetics.


IMG_1224Graeme, with four-wheeler and dog at the right, gathers heifers out of a paddock.  Incredible country, and the Devons move about like goats!

IMG_1137Having just tagged and weighed the calf, Graeme and the mother cow chat about its virtues.  Graeme keeps ONLY the calm cows!

Sire: WOODBURN 141 (P)
Animal: TE MAEWA OBAN 867/11 (H)
ROTOKAWA 557/93 (P)

EBV information:  Gestation length +1.5 days.  Birth weight +7.2kg.  200 day weight +28kg.  400 day weight +40kg.  600 day weight +57kg.  Milk +5kg.  Carcass weight +5kg. Eye Muscle area +1.1(sq cm).  Rib Fat +0.3(mm).  Rump Fat +0.4(mm).  Retail Beef Yield +0.6(%).  IMF-0.2(%).


QUESTIONS?:  Mark & Jenny Sabo, SABO RANCH, 303 Pony Rd., Harrison, MT 59735. (406-685-3248). saboranch1@gmail.com

Here’s what Te Maewa owner Graeme Dyk has to say about his herd:

“The Stud, 120 purebred registered cows still mainly based on Rotokawa genetics, is run as a commercial operation, no pampering, indoor stalls or hard feed etc. All heifers are expected to calve unassisted as two year olds. Birth and performance recording with Breedplan are undertaken and all young stock are carcass scanned and blood tested BVD negative.”

“Cattle are run in management groups to ensure cow breeding values are assessed correctly. The less efficient cows are culled to the works every year, the motto being (Breed with the Best and Cull the Rest). Cows are retired for age at fourteen years if still in the herd. Herd T.B Status is C10.”

“Calving percentages of 100% have been achieved several years but is normally around 96-97%. Calves are weighed, tagged and recorded in the paddock as soon as they are seen and at three or four days old are debudded if needed and shifted further afield with mum to more tree sheltered paddocks. The top weaning weights achieved to date for bull calves is 360kg @ 224 days and heifers 316kg @ 258 days. Winter supplements (hay and baleage) is given to calving cows to enable the feeding of magnesium oxide at a rate of 1 standard bale to 10 cows per day , and older bulls on crop to give them roughage. All young stock fend for themselves mixed in amongst sheep.”

Sabo Ranch, (406)685-3248.  Harrison, MT 59735. saboranch1@gmail.com



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