Is this a record?

We thought we were pretty lucky when Cashtiller gave us 25 top quality eggs in two flushes. It was an exciting way to begin this venture.

But one of our next cows, Goldings Norah 140, has just produced 16 perfect embryos in a single flush. The tech at Bovine Genetics, Stella Sholes, reports that is a record for Devon at her clinic.

And now we understand that the secretary of the British Devon society, Andy Lane, is writing an article about the achievement. Andy’s been around for a long time and he’s checked with all his sources and believes that 16 top quality embryos is indeed a record….a British record, at least.

We wonder if you’re aware of an American cow that has done that well. We’ll be shipping about 50 eggs to the U.S. within a week or two;  will implant a representative number from three pure and traditional Devon at the beginning of the year.

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“Welcome, welcome Englishmen….”

….are supposedly the words an Indian used to greet the Pilgrims.  Unfortunately, the first Devon were on the next boat and missed that historic moment.

But we can now finally say “welcome Englishmen (and heifers)” to our shores.  The first calves from the mating of two great English animals are now safely on the ground and doing fine.  So today is a milestone in the history of Traditional Devon.  Our mission to bring outstanding English genetics to the U.S. is well underway.  Calving is not yet complete, but so far we have an even split of sexes and the birth weights range from 54 to 75 pounds.

The dam is twice national champion as well as grand champion Tilbrook Cashtiller, who we flushed in England a year ago.  The sire is another English great, now deceased, Cutcombe Jaunty.  From the first flush of 12, we were fortunate to get 9 successful implants.  And we have 13 embryos still in storage.

Back in England we have four more outstanding Devon being flushed, three for the second time.  And we are collecting more semen from Millennium Falcon.  So there’s lots more to do but, to borrow another famous line, “we are at least at the end of the beginning”.


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