Selecting Cattle

Jeremy’s Trip, Final Stop

Final Stop, Brookview Farm
Leaving Tennessee, Jeremy headed north to the Lexington, Ky area to visit Brookview Farm at Winchester.  Brookview is owned by Jacob Owens and family and last fall hosted the RDUSA Fall Conference and Sale.  Jacob lead Jeremy on a tour of his Red Devon herd and they found many outstanding prospects for […]

A Break from Jeremy’s Trip

Answering a Question
A couple of weeks ago Guille and I received a question from a RDUSA member about polled and horned genetics.  After my feeble attempt to answer the question, Guille suggested that I post it on the blog in order to have some more informative type articles for newer members who may not have […]

April 26th, 2015|Devons, Genectics, Husbandry, Opinion, Selecting Cattle, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Jeremy’s Trip Part IV

In a previous post (Jeremy’s Trip Part III) all of the photographs were identified as being cattle owned by Charlie and Martha Trantham.  That was incorrect.  The first and third photo were actually cattle at Tomina Farm located at Waynesboro, TN which was the next stop for Jeremy after leaving the Tranthams.  Remember that it […]

Jeremy’s Trip, Part III

I apologize for the delay in these posts due to unexpected circumstances.  The photographs used on this post are all from Lenoir Creek Devons and taken by Jeremy Engh.  Following is the the email that Jeremy sent me about this part of the trip.
Part III
After leaving Kow A Bunga Farm, with a few heifers and […]

Devons Working on the Western Range

Jenny Sabo of Harrison, MT sent in the following information and photos of Devon X Red Angus steers that the Sabos sold to Fishing Owl Farm of Livingston, MT. Fishing Owl Farm is owned by Kelly Niles and Jeff Welch.

They bought the steers in April of 2013 and summered them on irrigated pasture […]

May 21st, 2014|Devons, Genectics, Grass Fed Beef, Selecting Cattle|0 Comments

Udderly Predictable

“(B)y following the directions of M. Guenon, as laid down in the
treatise, anyone can tell with certainty whether a cow is a good milker,
or whether a heifer will become one, so that there need be no doubt as
to the profit of raising an animal, and no chance of being taken in the
purchase of one.”
National Tribute of the French Government
Paris, September 17, 1848


June 16th, 2013|Genectics, Selecting Cattle|0 Comments

Calving by the Numbers

A friend told me the other day that he looked forward to calving season less each year. Mainly it was his having to get up to check on the animals around the clock. This made me think about nature and wonder who gets up to make sure all of the elk and deer are able to have their offspring. In the rare case that one of these females has a problem, nature takes its course, and she does not have a chance to pass those “unsuitable” traits along to any further progeny.


April 18th, 2013|Husbandry, Selecting Cattle|0 Comments

Selecting for Tenderness and Quality

The Responsibility of the State: “Public life is a situation of power and energy; he trespasses against his duty who sleeps upon his watch, as well as he who goes over to the enemy.” – Edmund Burke

It is just as well I am of an older generation that believes men don’t cry. But my spirit weeps when I read the conclusions of today’s generation of “animal scientists”. They continue to turn out learned studies based on laboratory research, never understanding that the proper laboratory is the pasture and the milking barn. If only these scientists were smart enough to create a single stomach cow, then they might have an animal that would be efficient with grain feeding and only then might their research have meaning.


February 16th, 2013|Conventional Agriculture, Genectics, Selecting Cattle|0 Comments

Talking the Talk, Walking Off a Cliff!

Like most cattleman, I am always trying to find more information on breeding and genetics. Therefore, a recent learned paper put out by the University of Kentucky Department of Agriculture caught my eye. It had a promising headline— “Selection and Management Practices to Increase Consistency in Beef Cattle”—-and was written by two gentlemen who specialize in “animal science”. That should have been my warning; right there! By the time I was through reading the article I was thoroughly confused. Every technique they had discussed to “increase consistency” had been dismissed.


September 20th, 2011|Conventional Agriculture, Genectics, Selecting Cattle|0 Comments

Vision for Herd Improvement

When you’re out in your pastures and walking among your cows, what do you envision? Do you see cows that can give you the greatest return for the grass they consume? Do you see having a bull that is a genetic bank reserve for your future? Does your vision include a positive plan that builds and leaves a legacy of genetics and livestock for your children or those who may possess your livestock after you? Is your livestock operation managed as a business with quality control standards; each generation of animals is better than the generation that produced them?


May 16th, 2011|Genectics, Selecting Cattle|0 Comments