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Cottage Devon

Sire: Texan Gie (Porto x Marquise)

Dam: Cottage Amelie ET (Oscar x Farmleigh Lourda)

News March 2011: The first three Devon calves arrive in the UK on the same weekend. Two heifers and a bull, in Wales, Cornwall and Sussex, all born naturally.

News March 2011: The sad news from Ireland is that Devon has fallen victim to the IBR outbreak at Progressive, and has been slaughtered. All our semen stocks are unaffected as they were collected long before the problem arose, but prices will be increasing to reflect the inevitable scarcity.

Cottage Devon is the new record holder for the highest priced Charolais bull in Southern Ireland. Purchased by NCBC in Carrick on Shannon, December 2009 for 24,000gns, Rumsden have secured an interest in this exceptional bull that will make his semen available to breeders in mainland UK at an afforable price. The bull now has to go through the processes to enter the stud at Enfield, Co Meath, where semen will be collected. If all goes to plan the first semen will be available for distribution in March 2010, and 200 doses have been set aside for the mainland UK market. This will be the very first progeny of his sire, Texan Gie, to figure in the UK herdbook. Having seen the bull when he was champion at the National Charolais Show at Tullamore in August, we will have no hesitation in using him accross our herd this year.


Quotation from Irish Charolais Society Website

Junior Male Champion “COTTAGE DEVON” undoubtedly stole the show both in terms of his presence in the show ring and his selling price in the sale’s ring at last Saturday’s Charolais Christmas Cracker Sale in Carrick-on-Shannon. Bred by Anne-Marie Butler, Ballymore Cottage, Gooldscross, Cashel, Co. Tipperary he is by “Texan-GIE” and out of a dam (by “Oscar”) who is a daughter of their outstanding female “Farmleigh Lourda”. In addition to his top class pedigree his ICBF indexes put him in the top 1% of the breed for Suckler Beef Value, and he has 4 stars for Milk and Fertility. Born 15th September 2008 he weighed 865 kgs on 13th October last.
Judge on the day Alasdair Houston from Scotland described the junior champion as a bull with “lots of presence, great loin, a great top and shoulder set to get calves easily on the ground”. Comments from numerous people around the ring were that he was the best Charolais bull they had ever seen in Ireland.
The bull was purchased for €24,000 by the National Cattle Breeding Centre, Enfield, Co. Meath. It is hoped that semen will be available in the Spring.



Above pictures of Devon taken in the AI centre in January 2010

Above: Devon at 15 months old

Above: Son of Devon at Ravensworth

Devon sired heifer calf at Woodpark

Above: Devon calf at Ravensworth April 2011

Above: Devon calf at Rumsden April 2011

Above: Texan Gie, 1st prix Le Marault.

Below: Andraemon, whose dam is a full sister to the dam of Devon