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

Devon & Devon cross heifers, Devon bulls for sale

5 Devon heifers available, all registerable. Fullblood Rotokawa genetics, fully adapted to the West's dry, high elevation climate!

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!

Born in May, 2013, we are about to register these beautiful girls- time to put your name on those registration papers?  Sired by our own bull Sabo Daniel (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, newly weaned (March 2014) at 9-1/2 months old, they’re ready to travel!  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!  4 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!

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, 2 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.  Registerable, with your name?? 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 saboranch on 11 Jan 2014

Devon Heifers FOR SALE

Gentle, hardy Devons! So calm I had to step on the foot of the heifer in the foreground to move her.

Sabo Ranch has 4 fullblood DEVON yearling heifers for sale, born 5/22-6/1/2013.  $2200. We also have one 3/4 Devon heifer for sale, $1800(SOLD), and 8 Devon/Angus (5 blacks, 4 reds) heifers for sale, $1600.  Prices subject to change without notice as the season progresses.  Call now!  406-685-3248.

“Lada” #304A

#304A, "Lada", fullblood Devon, sire Sabo Daniel, Dam Rotokawa #304. Beautiful, dependable conformation, gentle temperament.

“Polly” #302A

“Tabia” #307A

“Vaida” #398A

“Wanda” #414A

Fullblood Rotokawa genetics, SABO VAIDA is a terrific example of Devon docility and ability to thrive in challenging climates. Dam: Rotokawa 398, Sire Sabo Daniel. $2400.





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.

Beef Cattle &Devon Cattle for Sale saboranch on 02 Dec 2011

Rotokawa Devon bull Sabo Eban for sale


Sabo Eban, registered Devon bull, sired by Rotokawa 974, dam Rotokawa 930.  Full rumped, gentle, intelligent, fertile, 49″ at the shoulder.  Eban will build rumps, moderate frame size, easy calving, and gentleness into any crossbred herd, with excellent tender beef for grassfed production.  Ask our butcher (Wayne Worley, Montana’s Best Meats, Whitehall, MT 406-287-3457)!


Sabo Eban, Rotokawa Devon bull, just back from 6 weeks with our beef herd (photographed Oct 5, 2011).  Trim, fit, and ready for more work!  Eban is an embryo bull, raised by a Red Angus mother here on our ranch at 5200′ elevation.  Born May 19, 2009, Eban is ready for a long life of herd improvement.   Interested?  Contact us a 406-685-3248, or saboranch1@gmail.com.

Sabo Eban, showing terrific teat placement for balanced udders in his daughters.  $7000, embryo bred by Bakewell Reproductive Co., born and raised at Sabo Ranch, Harrison, MT 59735.  (406-685-3248)

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