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Category: Jackpot

Meanwhile, back at the ranch….

….life ain’t so bad either. A group of our senior cows on a lazy Spring afternoon.  These are all being exposed to our “Jackpot“.  He comes down to us from Rotokawa 688 and 243.  A British bull, Highwayman, is doing the honors with the other half of our American herd. The English-imports also were bred […]

The Rotokawa 243 family….

….is beginning to make an impact on Devon herds in this country.  After a slow start due to the feud inside the Rotokawa partnership, things have settled down and now we expect a whole new shipment of 243 semen will be heading to Henry Hauptmann’s Rotokawa America. Regina and Tom Tesnow are justifiably proud of their […]

Where to begin….

….well, to coin a phrase, “start at the beginning”.  Posting has been non-existent for almost a month, but not because there’s been nothing to report.  It’s breeding season and Wooz here discusses strategy with our vet, Dr. Monica O’Brien. AI comes first, and we’re using two sires across some of our best cows:  Traditional Devon’s […]

The test that counts….

….the latest from our new herd bull “Jackpot“.  This little bull calf born in icy rain is out of another line here that has produced some top bulls, 31. Along with “Magic“, “Jackpot“, a son of Rotokawa 243, is the most impressive-looking bull we’ve produced here.  But it is the progeny that counts and from the […]

A happy ending….

….and all is forgiven and forgotten.  Moms are that way.  The little bull calf slept late but obviously had eaten and had been mostly cleaned off during the night. He’s by THF Jackpot….and his young mother took to her new role immediately.  There is always a danger that a difficult birth can be so traumatizing […]

Which one’s my mom???

….Enlarge the picture to see a pony volunteering.  Not likely.  I seem to look like the one in the center.  But the one on the right? Yep!  A Devon-Angus cross bull calf born this morning to the heifer on the right.  Actually, she’s half Devon…hence the red color of the baby.  Sire was Jackpot. The […]

A frosty morn….

….and U3 greets the sun.  Or is she looking in the “far distance” for her new calf? In fact, she stood right there for several hours….finally moved down the hill to a protected area where she delivered her new heifer.  The killing frost is actually good news for the cows.  It means the end of […]

Parade of the bulls….”Jackpot”

“Jackpot“…or W18…is approaching three and the Crown Prince of Thistle Hill.  We’d anoint him number one but it seems more fitting that we should, at least,  see the kind of calves he sires.  The first ones are due in October. The sire is Rotokawa 243, who Ken McDowall describes as his “final and best bull”.  And […]

Tracking Jackpot….

 ….and he continues on track.  From the first, this young bull….now approaching three….has been an eye-catcher.  It was Rotokawa’s Ken McDowall who dubbed him “Jackpot“, when he first saw him on our pastures. Jackpot is a “243” son and last winter was introduced to his first group of females.  We’ll be seeing the results in […]