The 2016 Conference, Show and Sale

Remember those dates, September 8-10, they will be here before you know it.  Go to the website for all the information, schedule and registration forms.

The Host Farms

There are 3 farms that are hosting this year’s Red Devon USA Conference, Show and Sale.  The farms are owned by Jaime Hosteler and family, Sheldon Headings and family and Daniel and Linda Marquardt.  Daniel, Jaime and Sheldon have taken the lead on getting the Conference scheduled in the upper midwest part of the US this year.  They have received help from other breeders in the area, but these 3 have worked hard being on the conference committee and show and sale committee.

Part of the conference program is at Jaime’s farm.  There is an article on his farm on the website and another article will be in the next issue of  DEVON USA.  This blog post and the next one will have information on Sheldon’s farm, that will be followed by some posts on breeding and next month I will have a blog post on Daniel and Linda.

Following is the blog post on Sheldon.

Sheldon Headings and Heritage Beef

 

Sheldon with his wife, Yvonne, and 5 children own a 43 acre farm in the Bellevue, Iowa area. Sheldon also leases close to 200 acres. He has a 40-45 head cowherd, raises grass-finished beef, and is starting a pastured pork enterprise. On the farming side he raises organic row crops that include corn and small grains. Off the farm jobs include working as a part time auctioneer and running a contractor business that installs automated systems in poultry houses.

 

The Cattle

 

Along with his commercial cows, Sheldon has a small registered Red Devon herd. He started this herd by line breeding to Rotokawa genetics, but in recent years has crossed his Rotokawas with Tiranna and Guardsman F142 bloodlines to improve some traits in his herd. Once he achieves his goals he probably will try line breeding again. Sheldon was very impressed with how well his line bred Red Devons worked on his commercial cows. For Sheldon, the number one trait from Red Devons is carcass and meat quality and he really likes the cattle he gets from Red Devon bulls crossed on Murray Grey cows.

 

Sheldon runs both spring and fall calving herds to even out his yearly supply of animals to go into the grass-finished beef enterprise. He also waits to breed his heifers at 18 months of age. At that point he expects his commercial females to breed on time every year, raise a quality calf, have no calving problems, have quality udders and be trouble free. If not, they are culled from the herd. Sheldon said that it’s the cow’s job to raise the calf, not his.

 

In his part of the country, Sheldon feels that 1100-1200 lb. cows work very well. He expects them to produce steers that will weight 1000-1100 lb. and be 21-22 months old when finished on grass.

 

On the next blog post, I will give more details on Sheldon’s grass-finished beef enterprise and his marketing strategy.

 

Submitted by Roy