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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.

Beef Cattle &Devon Cattle for Sale &Sustainable Agriculture saboranch on 26 Mar 2014

Devon & Devon cross heifers, Devon bulls for sale



If you need hardy Devon heifers to start your gourmet grassfed beef program, we’ve got them!  After 6 years of breeding and adapting Devons from other parts of the country, these girls are ready to shine in the West!  2013 heifers SOLD OUT.

Semen available from Sabo Eban and Sabo Daniel, full brothers.  $30/straw.  Sons of Rotokawa 974 and Rotokawa 930, double bred Rotokawa 667 in GS generation.

PLACE YOUR ORDER NOW for spring 2015 delivery of our 2014 CALVES.  Limited availability. Email us your name and contact info at saboranch1@gmail.com with your request.

Born in May, 2014, and sired by our own bull Sabo Eban (son of Rotokawa 974), and all born to Rotokawa cows, these girls have the genetic density to jump start any grassfed beef program.  Evenly matched, they will be ready to travel, newly weaned, in March 2015!  Conceived and raised on the Helfter mineral program, they are in premium health, managed organically (not certified), and have never seen a speck of grain or creep feeding.  Naturally well covered.

Call for pricing and availability, Mark & Jenny Sabo 406-685-3248.  Harrison, MT

Devon/Angus heifers FOR SALE.  8 Half sisters to the beautiful fullbloods pictured above, we have 3 red, 5 black heifers for sale also(Commercial Angus mothers).  Easy keepers, gentle, trained to electric fence and huge grasslands with coyotes, wolves, and lions, these girls are ready to take on the West!  Call for pricing.

If this conformation is for you, take us and run with your grassfed beef program. Spayed for beef, or crossed with your local bull for excellent terminal cross calves, these are win-win females.

Devon bull calves, half brothers to these listed females, available.  Sired by Sabo Daniel (s0n of Rotokawa 974), deep bodied and hardy, these bull calves can start a gourmet grassfed beef program.  Nursed until 9-1/2 months old, 100% grassfed, these gentle boys will not disappoint.  Registered. 406-685-3248.

Photo coming soon!

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

Rotokawa Devon Semen available

Sabo Ranch is pleased to offer semen from our two registered Rotokawa Devon bulls, SABO EBAN and his full brother SABO DANIEL.

Contact us for availability, Mark & Jenny Sabo, 406-685-3248.  $20.00/straw.

SABO EBAN registered Rotokawa Devon bull. Sired by Rotokawa 974, dam: Rotokawa 930. Eban is an embryo bull, born here at Sabo Ranch in May 2009. Photo taken May 2011.

Current photos of SABO DANIEL and SABO EBAN and their 2012 CALVES coming soon.  They are out working in the herd until mid September.

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 &Grass Fed Beef Sales saboranch on 06 Aug 2012

Grassfed VEAL for SALE

Top Round, during the initial cutting at the butcher's, from an adult Rotokawa Devon cow.


Special Offering, only for AUTUMN 2012   SOLD OUT FOR 2012


Raised organically (not certified), 100% grassfed and deeply mineralized with the best mineral program in the country.  Beeves are free ranging in the herd.

Lean, tender, mild flavored, high in CLA and omega 3’s

$350/HALF BEEF, approximately 40 lbs boxed and frozen

$75 deposit required, sent to SABO RANCH, P.O.Box 65, Harrison, MT 59735


Beef Cattle &Devon Cattle for Sale saboranch on 17 Apr 2012

Rotokawa Devons invade the West!

At long last, Western ranchers can find the magnificent Rotokawa Devon cattle IN the West.  Sabo Ranch has added to their own stock of embryo Rotokawas with the purchase of 12 females from the Pennsylvania herd of the Rotokawa Cattle Company, which means that we are expecting 15 fullblood Rotokawa Devon calves in 2012, and 25 calves next year, 2013!

SABO EBAN, sired by Rotokawa 974, is one of our current herd bulls. An embryo calf born and raised here at Sabo Ranch, EBAN is photographed here in May 2011.

Come view these wonderful animals (Field Day June 16, 10:00-4:00), and consider using Rotokawa Devon semen, or a bull, to add depth, docility, and high quality grassfed beef genetics to your herd.  Devons routinely improve meat tenderness, add a finer grain to a crossbred steer’s carcass, and speed up the crossbred animal’s ability to finish on grass.

In addition to our purebred Devon herd, we keep a small herd of grade Red Angus and their Devon crossbred offspring on the ranch, so you can see in person what these Rotokawa Devons can achieve in the F1, first generation cross.  Devon crossbred calves are easy to calve, and extremely vigorous at birth.  In four years of calving we have assisted only one Red Angus heifer (with only one short manual pull in the field).  These Devon crossbred calves are routinely up and nursing within minutes of hitting the ground, even in the late May snowstorms that are the norm here at 5000′ elevation.  Every Devon crossbred heifer and steer calf from our Red Angus mothers shows a much better rump and body depth than their mothers, for better meat cutout at butchering.  Rotokawa Devon bulls have terrific foot conformation, and have repaired in the next generation the “cross-toe” hooves that sadly came with many of our first Red Angus.  These bulls are made for range conditions– they travel well, their red color allows them to function well in summer’s heat, and their high fertility allows them great efficiency in breeding.

Sabo Cow #833, one of the first Rotokawa Devon/Red Angus calves we saved(Born May 2008, photographed April 2012). All meat, docile, and a terrific mother, she is an excellent example of our crossbred calves!

Devon bulls are known for their fertility and high sperm count, and although these are docile and easy to handle, they quietly get the job done!  With 49 out of 50 Sabo cows bred this year, we can attest to their fertility!  Sabo Ranch Devon bulls are 100% grassfed and pasture raised.  Any photos we have show our bulls in their working clothes.  No grain primping, no extra supplements, no time lounging in a small feedlot.  Our bulls are 100% range raised, with their only extra inputs the free choice minerals they receive daily, year round.

Sabo Ranch Rotokawa Devon bulls are not weaned until 10 months of age, giving each bull calf ample time to benefit from his mother’s immune system and excellent butterfat.  Thereafter, Sabo Ranch Devon bulls are raised with the older bulls and steers on the ranch.  They learn proper herd hierarchy and behavior, and mesh smoothly into a buyer’s new herd as a result.  Grazing dryland pastures in the summer, and eating browse and alfalfa/grass hay in the winter, these bulls are hardy, docile, and ready to work!   As an example of their docility, last year our bulls found themselves across a barbed wire fence from the neighbor’s hot cows.  Only the 3 year old patriarch swam the arm of the lake separating him from the winsome ladies– all the yearling bulls just mooned on our side of the fence!  We have always found that when we need to “store” a Devon bull in a field by himself, he happily stays there, on the proper side of the fence.  Calm and intelligent, they are a delight to have on a ranch where our children routinely help us work cattle in the field, on foot.

Easy calving, docile, hardy, great on grass, tender high quality beef, great carcass cutout–  


Sabo Ranch, Harrison, MT 406-685-3248.  Rotokawa Devon/Red Angus females currently for sale, born 2008-2011.  Call 406-685-3248 for availability, or email saboranch1@gmail.com.

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