Jeremy Engh from the Lakota Ranch joins me to talk about Devon Cattle and their great Grass Fed Beef.
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About Lakota and Jeremy:
Lakotas Devon genetics have been the premier Devon Genetics in this country since the 80’s. From 1985 until 2000, around 2,400 Devon animals were registered in this country. 1,750 of those animals were registered by Lakota Ranch. 2100+ of those same animals registered contained genetics purchased from Lakota Ranch. These staggering numbers not only exhibit Lakota’s ability to produce the top lines, but the ability to retain customers through providing cattle that work to all corners of this country, and to different facets of the cattle industry.In 2010, Lakota Ranch sold over 150 pure Devon cattle to seedstock producers, and commercial cattlemen across this country. As you can tell we are quite proud of our reputation and the performance of our cattle. In fact, we encourage new breeders to call around and ask about us, our cattle, our dedication to the breed and its breeders, and our commitment to performance testing all animals on grass. This is done to maintain the standards that have kept Lakota ahead of the competition within the Devon breed.The first Devon cattle were purchased in the 50’s from top Devon breeder Wayne Morse of Poolsville, Md. The Devon were used for crossbreeding with Angus cattle as well as a foundation for starting a Devon herd at Effingham plantation (the home of Otto and Sarah Engh). Progeny were shown at local fairs in Maryland through the late 1950’s. The Devon herd was maintained at Effingham Plantation over the next 2 decades, with no introduction of new breeding stock until the early 70’s. The foundation herd had reached approximately 25 females by 1971. A renewed interest in Devon cattle was realized with a trip to the annual National Devon Sale and Show in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1974. The camaraderie among breeders and love for the docile cattle led to an intense desire to expand the Devon program and compete against other breeders in show competition. A strong friendship developed with the late Fred Wyvill, a fellow breeder from Upper Marlboro, Md. In 1976 Fred and Jerry traveled to Great Britain to attend the Royal Agricultural Show and visit top Devon herds in England. Both Fred and Jerry purchased Devon bulls from the herd of Andre Mitisiak and imported them to the United States. The bull Lufton Guardsmen ll became a primary herd sire providing an outcross to the herd at Effingham Plantation.A second herd bull by the name of Devonacres Big Red was purchased from Devonacres Ranch in Eagle Point, Oregon, the following year. This extremely growthy horned bull topped the Devonacres sale of over 80 bulls. He was the number one bull on test in the sale and graded 16 out of a maximum score of 16+ for correctness by Dr. Stewart Fowler. Each year, all bulls qualifying for the Devonacres sale were graded by Dr. Fowler with no bull ever receiving a grade above 16 . Devonacres Big Red along with his son, Effingham’s Big Red was used heavily in the breeding program through the mid-1980’s.