Category ArchiveDevon Cattle for Sale
Way back in the beginning we purchased many units of the original Rotokawa Devon semen, imported by Bakewell Reproductive Center before 2007. With some wonderful males and females in our herd representing each of these magnificent bulls, we have decided to let some of these straws go to others who might want to incorporate some of the ORIGINAL ROTOKAWA DEVON BULLS into their own herds.
LIMITED SUPPLY- FIRST COME FIRST SERVED.
Rotokawa 861- 40 units available, $35 each.
Rotokawa 667/95- 11 units available, $35 each. We like every one of our 667 offspring. Moderate framed, long bodied, great feet.
Rotokawa 974- 29 units available, $35 each (son of Rotokawa 667) Beautiful, deep, long-bodied offspring.
ROTOKAWA 663– 5 units available, $30/each.
This semen is stored in Montana. Contact us at 406-685-3248, or firstname.lastname@example.org, with queries or to place your order. Payment by check for semen can be sent directly to SABO RANCH, P.O.Box 65, Harrison, MT 59735. Once the semen is purchased, we’ll put you in contact with the shipper so you can find out your costs to ship the semen to your farm.
Mark and Jenny Sabo
SABO RANCH, 303 Pony Rd., Harrison, MT 59735 (406)451-6900
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 email@example.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
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
Oban, 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.
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). firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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. 406-451-6900. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sabo Ranch is pleased to offer semen from our two registered Rotokawa Devon bulls, SABO EBAN and his full brother SABO DANIEL. We have used these two bulls for three years in our own herd of fullblood Devon cows, and Red and Black Angus cows. We love his offspring! Gentle, deep bodied, strong.
Great for adult cows, the hybrid calves will be larger, and along with the super-feed-efficiency of the Devon influence on those hybrid calves, might make for larger calves that you would like for heifers. We average 72-75 lbs birthweight on composite calves from these two bulls on Angus cows, and we are careful to underfeed our cows in the last trimester of their pregnancies. We save on feed costs, and have only pulled 3 out of 180 calves(2 breech).
Devon composite calves are extremely strong. We have never assisted a Devon composite calf to nurse for the first time.
300 day Weaning weight on Devon/Angus composite calves: Steers, 644 lbs, Heifers 633 lbs. Purebred Devon heifers, 570 lbs.
Contact us for availability, Mark & Jenny Sabo, 406-685-3248. $30.00/straw.
Sabo Ranch, 303 Pony Rd., Harrison, MT 59735 406-685-3248 email@example.com
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.
SABO ABBY is the first of our growing herd of purebred Rotokawa Devon cattle. The eldest of our 8 current Rotokawa Devons, Abby is gentle, intelligent, and remarkably easy keeping. Although she was carried by and born to our most slender Red Angus cow (in her first pregnancy!), Abby is showing her Devon genetics well. We will be harvesting embryos from Abby this summer. We look towards increasing our Montana-born Rotokawa Devons for ourselves, and other cattle ranchers seeking their easy keeping, easy fleshing, tender, 100% grassfed genetics.
ABBY is not for sale, as we are building our current herd. We will not be selling our Rotokawa embryo Devon heifers (Sabo Abby, Belle, Callie, or Dora), but will be harvesting embryos once from each of them, and might have embryos for sale if all goes well on that endeavor. ABBY’s full brother, Sabo BEN, is for sale, photos coming soon!
We have more Rotokawa ET bull calves (born May 2009) here than we will need, and will be selecting which to sell next spring, 2011. They are looking terrific at the moment, even in the dead of winter! Look for a post coming soon with photos of our 2009 crop of Rotokawa Devons!
For more information about our Rotokawa Devons, or our Devon crossbred cattle, contact us at (406)685-3248, firstname.lastname@example.org