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Mating Red Devon Bulls to Limousin & Angus Heifers

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How suitable are Red Devon Bulls to mating with Limousin and Angus Heifers. I am thinking about calf size and calving difficulties. Thanks.

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Do you mean South Devon? Or Devon? Both are red, but different breeds.

I am buying some South Devons this year to use both as to raise purebred and to add to my angus and simmentals. I do not anticipate any problems considering the EPD's of the bull I am buying and my cows.

I have a Simmental bull that I would not hesitate to use on first calf angus heifers.

The individual characteristics of the bull are the most important thing to watch for. I think that South Devon are going to add a lot to my herd.
 
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> Do you mean South Devon? Or Devon?
> Both are red, but different
> breeds.

> I am buying some South Devons this
> year to use both as to raise
> purebred and to add to my angus
> and simmentals. I do not
> anticipate any problems
> considering the EPD's of the bull
> I am buying and my cows.

> I have a Simmental bull that I
> would not hesitate to use on first
> calf angus heifers.

> The individual characteristics of
> the bull are the most important
> thing to watch for. I think that
> South Devon are going to add a lot
> to my herd.

Thanks Jena that is a help. You are correct I did mean South Devon.

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I have never raised any South Devon's but from what I've heard they may be one of the best kept secrets in the US beef industry.

Apparently they marble like British cattle and yield like Continental, so from a carcass standpoint they would cross well with both Limousins and Angus. Some research has shown that South Devon carcasses are above average on tenderness, a trait that many breeds are now trying to improve on.

Because South Devon's do have the reputation for being bigger framed be careful not to select too large of breeding stock.
 
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