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RED RUBY DEVON CATTLE

Devon Ruby Calf close up

After much planning and discussion, in 2011 we finally started the South Yeo pedigree suckler herd of native Red Ruby Devon cattle. The breed are indigenous to the area, flourish on the local culm grasslands and produce spectacular marbled beef, without doubt the best we’ve ever tasted. They are also the most beautiful breed, their glorious chestnut coats changing from deep red to glowing ginger depending on sun and shade.

We are using the Devon Rubies as conservation grazers as part of our Countryside Stewardship commitment. Once the orchids and other culm species of wild flowers in our meadows and woodland have flowered and set seed, the cows are used to graze, ensuring that the light poaching of the purple moor-grass and rush pasture provides suitable conditions for plants to colonise in the following year, particularly for those native plant species that are less competitive and therefore vulnerable.

Our heavy clay soil and generously wet Devon climate means that the cows need to be housed over the winter and regular handling of the cows whilst they are in the barn has got them used to us and us to them – we are completely smitten with the breed. All cattle are now home bred to minimise health risks and high herd health is a priority for us. We are part of the HiHealth Herdcare Cattle Health Scheme and the herd has tested negative for BVD, IBR, Leptospirosis and Johne’s over several years achieving elite health status. Our calves are naturally weaned by their mothers at around eleven months of age, about a month before the cow is due to have her next calf. As we don’t separate the young from the herd, it’s absolutely stress free. We are members of the Devon Cattle Breeders’ Society.

Meat

Our gorgeous Devon Ruby beef is available in our range of home produced meat boxes.

Livestock

We do have pedigree stock available for sale from time to time. Currently we have a 2014 born cow with her second calf (born September 2018) at foot, pictured here, and two bulling heifers born Spring 2017 for sale. Please contact us for more details.

 

AVAILABLE NOW

Pedigree Devon Ruby heifers (South Yeo Sapphire & South Yeo Sunstone) and 2014 born cow (South Yeo Onyx) with steered bull calf Tigereye at foot, all available now. Please contact us for more details.

Badger Face Torwen & Torddu registered ewe lambs available now. 

Taking orders for Welsh Mountain, Dartmoor and Herdwick hogget boxes for delivery May 2019. To place an order please contact us. You won't be invoiced until closer to delivery time.

Raw fleeces from our Herdwick, Torddu and Torwen Badger Face sheep

We have our beautiful curly Whiteface Dartmoor lambskins in stock at the moment.
If you would like to go on our meat mailing list please get in touch.

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Red Ruby Devon cow and calf in field together with calf resting it's head on it's mum
Three Red Ruby Devon cows grazing at South Yeo Farm West
Field of Red Ruby Devon cows and calves at South Yeo Farm West

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