South Devon Cattle
The Brettles herd is about 20 breeding cows
and one stock bull, Lumbylaw Magnus 25, plus the calves and
is planned for March / April with calves being weaned at housing
in early November. With heavy soil that cuts up quickly the
South Devons spend nearly 6 months indoors, sometimes not being
turned out until the very end of April.
Cows graze on grass all summer and autumn and
in the winter have only silage, interspersed with barley straw
in increasing proportions as they approach calving. Hi Mag Rumevite
blocks are available from January onwards. The aim is to use
the South Devons ability to thrive on grass to keep costs to
Young heifer calves,
after weaning, are reared on ad lib silage with 2kg per day of bought
in feed. Yearling heifers are fed on silage only unless they are being
sparkled up for a forthcoming sale.
Bull calves are
kept entire and finished as fast as possible on an ad-lib ration.
Only the best are selected for sale as breeding bulls while the rest
are finished at 12-13 months weighing 600 to 700 kilos. Growth rates
of over 2kilos per day are regularly achieved.
The herd is a member of the “SAS
Breeding Group” and is committed to “Performance
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The Brettles Herd has high health status and is a
member of the BIOBEST scheme. Currently it is tested clear of IBR,
BVD and Johnes disease.