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Traditional Devon’s bulls

He started it all: Millennium Falcon

He started it all: Millennium Falcon

Ashott Barton Millennium Falcon

If there was a precise moment when Traditional Devon™ was born, this was it:  Falcon standing with his herd at Goldings Farm near St. Just in Cornwall.

Sired by the great English bull Cutcombe Millennium, Falcon was bred by Shiamala Comer at Ashott Barton and purchased two years later by Ivan Rowe.  But the relationship between bull and owner goes back farther than that.  As a judge for the British Devon Cattle Society, Ivan had selected Falcon’s sire as  stock bull of the year.  (A judgment confirmed the following year, when Millennium won again, this time  by another judge)

Ivan confides that he would have liked to have purchased Millennium when he first saw him  but, as a judge, didn’t think that would be fitting.  So several years later, hearing that a Millennium son was available, he moved quickly.

His assessment:  “Falcon has everything…the right stature and conformation…a good head….lovely color….he’s a proper Devon…meets any standard for excellence.”  Ivan concludes with a breeder’s most important praise:   “Falcon’s giving us better calves than we’ve ever had before.”

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Cutcombe Jaunty

Cutcombe Jaunty

Cutcombe Jaunty

We had heard of Angus and Joy’s great bull, Cutcombe Jaunty, but he had died several years before we were finally able to visit their farm.  Fortunately, they understood the treasure on their pasture and had collected a considerable store of semen.  We were pleased and honored that they agreed to appoint Traditional Devon™ their exclusive agents in America for Jaunty semen.

Jaunty was originally bred by Margaret Elliott, a legend in British Devon circles.

Jaunty, with his high, red crown, may be the most recognizable bull in English Devon history but so far it seems to be a recessive trait.  None of his calves born in the United States carry the trademark crest.  What they do carry is his thick muscling and his strong undercarriage.  His calves there and here are built to last and we are pleased to have his progeny in Traditional Devon™ America pastures as our very first heifers and bulls.

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