Devlan Limousins is a successful Limousin stud that was established
in 1992 and has grown to an impressive breeding herd of
approximately 600 stud animals today. John & Tracy Devonport are the
proud owners of this beautiful her.
The farm is situated on the beautiful banks of the Vaal Dam and
comprises 6 adjoining farms totaling 1156 hectares with 22
kilometres of waterfront. We have an average rainfall of 600mm a
year. The cattle graze on Sourveld and we experience very harsh and
cold winters. It is a very tough environment with high tick
populations, gallsickness and redwater.
It is a relatively drought-resistant farm as when the water level
drops, the farm increases in capacity. The grazing below the high
water mark is fertilized naturally and the cattle thrive on this
exceptional pasture. The cattle are raised on the veld under high
grazing pressures with minimal feeding.
CURRENT BREEDING GOALS
We aim to focus on economic traits that affect your herd:
Because of our large herd size, we are able to have well-structured
management groups and we measure the following
to give you the knowledge to make informed decisions.
Days to Calving Scrotal Size
Days Last Calf
Age First Calf
200 Day Weight (x2)
400 Day Weight (x2)
600 Day Weight
Mature Cow Weight
Net Feed Intake
WHY DO LIMOUSINS BREED
"MUCH MORE MEAT"?
The Limousin is renowned for its small calves with less calving
Hybrid vigour of the "bos Taurus" when crossed with indigenous
breeds: 1 + 1 = 2.4 (at least 15 - 20% more meat).
The Limousin slaughters out between 60% and 66% and has much more
meat than any other breeds because of its naturally occurring F94L
Myostatin gene which increases overall beef yield by up to 7%.
Limousins produce more meat and muscle with less fat and lower
cholesterol, also making it much healthier for the consumer.
The meat to bone ration is far superior due to the fine bone
structure and beefing qualities.
ABOUT OUR TEAM
Devlan is privileged to have a dedicated team of hard-working and
loyal staff who have helped us get where we are today. They are led
by Alfred Mahlasela (Farm Manager), Oupa Nhlapo (Cattle Manager) and
Leon du Toit (Show String Manager.)
We also enjoy the assistance of Chris Marais who competently assists
with selection of animals and training of staff. His attention to
detail and practical experience are a great asset to Devlan.
Sabine Botha, a graduate in Animal Sciences and Genetics from "Tukkies",
does a great job updating our computer records, administration and
internet site. Dr. Louis van Jaarsveld advises us on our
animal health and has looked after our herd diligently since 1989.
For more information
hesitate to contact us