“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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