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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 and Mark 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)


3).  F2 TERMINAL CROSS CALVES: We will be using a Galloway bull from Trailblazer Ranch in central Montana on our Devon influence females.  The resulting F2 terminal cross calves will test grass finishing with two breeds known for decades as easy-keeping, gourmet beef producers on a commercial level at Sabo Ranch.

Our new Galloway bull from Trailblazer Ranch in central Montana, for meaty, easy fleshing F2 calves.

Our new Galloway bull from Trailblazer Ranch in central Montana, for meaty, easy fleshing F2 calves.

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.

Devon Cattle for Sale &Events &Meet the Sabos saboranch on 15 Jun 2016

Come FEAST with us!

June 28th at SABO RANCH.  Farm Dinner in the pasture, surrounded by Sabo Devons!

The menu?  Pasture Raised Sabo Ranch VEAL, veggie dishes from Pony Produce, and many other delicacies, served al fresco under the blue skies.  Enjoy a dinner with (and of) heritage Sabo Ranch Devon cattle, and hear special guests, our staff from the Amsterdam Meat Shop speaking about the community that produces locally available meats.

Devon and commercial blacks grazing on lush June Sabo Ranch

SEASONAL MONTANA, the catering brainchild of chef Melissa Harrison, will host the event.  Tickets may be purchased through Seasonal Montana.  http://www.seasonalmontana.com/store/p5/Sabo_Ranch_Dinner_-_June_29th_%40_6%3A30p.html

Sabo Ranch Devon grass finished burger will be available for sale at during the evening.  Bring your coolers and take home the most nutritionally dense, delicious grass finished beef available in Montana!   Guests will also receive a 10% discount on the order of a SABO RANCH MIXED QUARTER BEEF (harvest date late October 2016) placed during the evening.  Approximately 100 lbs of boxed beef, $6.95/lb.

Questions?  Call us at 406-451-6900, or email at saboranch1@gmail.com


Devon Cattle for Sale saboranch on 24 May 2016

Sabo Devons readying for Annual Show and Sale

This will be our first year to contribute Devons and Devon influenced cattle to the RED DEVON USA Show and Sale, September 8-10 in Dubuque, Iowa.

SABO PABLO H-(USA)902 is prepping himself, eating whatever’s put in front of him, growing and gaining.  Born May 6, 2014, Sired by Sabo Eban, dam Rotokawa 398/10.

Sabo Pablo at 24 months.

Sabo Pablo at 24 months.

We have selected Pablo for his structural correctness, fertility, docility, and ability to gain.   His dam, Rotokawa 398 is one of the original Rotokawa herd from Bakewell Reproduction imported from New Zealand to Massachusetts.  She arrived here as a young yearling and has produced a strong calf each year since she was 3 years old, averaging a 359 day interval between calves.

Sabo Ranch will also be bringing several registered young Devon heifers, and 4-6 pairs of red Devon influenced commercial cattle, bred back to Pablo and his two half brothers Sabo Taj and Sabo Vadim.

Sabo Ranch, 303 Pony Rd., Harrison, MT 59735.  406-451-6900.  saboranch1@gmail.com.  Facebook.


Devon Cattle for Sale &Devon Semen for SALE saboranch on 22 Apr 2016

Devon Heifer bulls?

New questions are arriving as we work with other Montana producers in the creation of a dependable working commercial DEVON cattle herd.  Do you have dependable HEIFER BULLS?

As a heritage breed, Devons have always been known for mothering, gourmet beef, docility and fertility.  However, after calving out an 86 lb heifer and an 89 lb bull calf from two 36 month old Devon heifers from Brookfield Farm in Kentucky, we know that that bull won’t be on our heifer list!

SABO RANCH's young DEVON bull "C413".  Not yet registered, he will be tested on a few heifers later this year, along with his big brother "B413".

SABO RANCH’s young DEVON bull “C413” at weaning in March this year. Not yet registered, he will be tested on a few heifers later this year, along with his big brother “B413”.

Luckily, we will be testing a couple of really nice smaller Devon bulls born here at SABO RANCH in 2014. We have begun the search for Devons that give small enough calves that the normal commercial breeder in the American West can count on using them for a gourmet grass fed/grass finished beef program, even from the first calf those commercial heifers give.  Since North Devon cattle (also known as Ruby Reds) in North America were listed on the brink of extinction only a decade ago, it’s exciting to see that their attributes are already recognized in the world of low-input grass finishing.

Devons excel in the arid, challenging fields of the Rocky Mountain West.  They calve out easily, they protect their calves vigorously against canid predators, and they are excellent attentive mothers.  And the DEVON HYBRIDS???  Strong, beefy, FAST growing, and already proving that they can easily provide CHOICE boxed beef with a 60% beef cut-out on a grass-finished carcass.

The major commercial black breed has been at this EPD program for over 60 years.  We are starting with the breed always known as THE BUTCHER’S BREED.  Now, we working hard to turn it into THE RANCHER’S BREED.

Subscribe to our blog to hear firsthand how we are progressing in this exciting project.

Questions?  Call Jenny and Mark Sabo at 406-451-6900, SABO RANCH, Harrison, MT 59735

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

Commercial Devon bulls for sale- born May 2014

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.

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.

Sabo Pablo, registered Devon bull age 20 months, 100% grass fed.

Sabo Pablo, registered Devon bull age 20 months, 100% grass fed.   SOLD

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.

Sired by  SABO EBAN (registered Devon bull) these commercial young Devon bulls, born in May, 2014, 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 55-60% cutout on a 900+ lb carcass, 100% grass fed, at 20-24 months of age.

HEIFER BULLS ALSO AVAILABLE. These are smaller birthweight bulls, still Rotokawa genetics for excellent marbling and easy keeping.

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 and Mark Sabo, Sabo Ranch, P.O.Box 65, Harrison, MT 59735.  (406)451-6900 cell, saboranch1@gmail.com

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