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An “energizer” cow...

...THF 18 is 13 years old now and keeps churning out healthy calves. One of her bull calves...like this one...would be an ideal herd sire. Longevity coupled with easy calving is the basis of success.

THF 18 and her calf

THF 18 is by no means our oldest productive cow....that would be 180, who is 16 years old. A grass fed cow should have no problem reaching 20. Grain also does terrible things to teeth in addition to the rumen.

We suspect that using our pure traditional English Devon bulls on our American herd is going to further improve the health and longevity of our cows. Working to balance the demographics of our herd is a big part of our job now...and a sometimes emotionally painful one.

To read more about THF 18 check out our blog.





























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