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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

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.”

MONTANA RED DEVONS 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 Montana Red Devons.

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.

Montana Red Devons 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 Montana Red Devons, and passes along easily to the next generation of calves.

Questions? Jenny Kahrl, Montana Red Devons, Harrison, MT 59735.  406-451-6900.  jmkahrl1@gmail.com

Devon Cattle for Sale saboranch on 26 Jun 2016

MONTANA RED DEVON Breeding Choices for 2019

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 11 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, 912, and 143 for 2018’s breeding, along with Te Maewa OBAN (all from New Zealand) and Gowan Ross GENTLEMAN and Vix JURASIC (both from Australia).  All 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 MONTANA RED DEVONS 2019 CALF?  Contact us at 406-451-6900(c), jmkahrl1@gmail.com, or our Facebook page Montana Red Devons.

Jenny Kahrl, Montana Red Devons, 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.

Devon Cattle for Sale &Devon Embryos for SALE saboranch on 28 Mar 2016

Australian Devon semen to be used at Montana Red Devons, 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.

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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.

Questions?  Call or email Jenny Kahrl, owner, Montana Red Devons, Harrison, MT 59735.  406-451-6900.  jmkahrl1@gmail.com

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

TE MAEWA OBAN, Devon semen- FOR SALE by MONTANA RED DEVONS

MONTANA RED DEVONS 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

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    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!

VALLEY BROOK 34/96
TAYLOR STARLIGHT
TAYLOR SPANGLE (P)
Sire: WOODBURN 141 (P)
KAURIVALE CANDIDATE 26/91 (P)
KAURIVALE JANE
KAURIVALE DOMINO BELINDA (H)
Animal: TE MAEWA OBAN 867/11 (H)
ROTOKAWA 425 (P)
ROTOKAWA 794
ROTOKAWA 337
Dam: MAEWA DAISY (H)
ROTOKAWA 492/92
ROTOKAWA 765
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?:  JENNY KAHRL, MONTANA RED DEVONS, 303 Pony Rd., Harrison, MT 59735. (406-451-6900) jmkahrl1@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.”

Montana Red Devons.  Harrison, MT 59735. jmkahrl1@gmail.com

 

 

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

MONTANA RED DEVONS move to CANADA!

Theresa Katuski unloads 4 Montana Red 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.

 

Jenny Kahrl, Montana Red Devons, Harrison, MT 59735.  406-451-6900.  jmkahrl1@gmail.com

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 Montana Red Devons?

If Devon heifers like these are your cup of tea, they’re ready to be added to your herd!    Reserve now for spring 2019 pick-up.  406-451-6900 cell.

Montana Red Devons 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 Montana Red Devons 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 Montana Red DEVONS are 100% GRASSFED!

A classic Montana Red Devons 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.

Jenny Kahrl, Montana Red Devons, Harrison, MT 59735.  406-451-6900.  jmkahrl1@gmail.com. Facebook Montana Red Devons.

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

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