Bulls

Hillson Rocker 2

Hillson Rocker II

 Hillson Rocker 2 is a breeder’s bull, very correct, with style, a good coat, soundness of structure and supported on strong legs and feet. He is a bull to put functionality, productivity and commercial attributes into your suckler replacements. We place maternal qualities as number one for importance as a cow stays in a herd for anything up to 20 years and yet a steer is gone in less than 3. A really productive suckler cow is like constructing a racing car, every part of it is there for a reason and high performance can be expected if every part is made right. South Devon cows have a wonderful temperament to work with, amenable, cooperative and with exceptional abilities as a dam as well as converting grass into productivity probably better than any other breed.

Rocker was a very quick unassisted birth, from water bag showing to and up and suckling in less than 20 minutes and his offspring demonstrated these trademarks. His Dam had an exceptional record of calving ability and Rocker’s first calves have all been born quickly, unassisted and suckled by themselves, typical of Rocker himself. Now that his daughters are coming into the herd, the first one has produced the best calf of the year, a very thrifty calf with excellent type and good quality, his fleshing is in another world and shows the potential that commercial South Devon’s have. 

His dam Hillson Hilda 18th had an exceptional record. She scored a maximum of 100% for both calving unassisted and having lively calves over all of her calvings.

Her calving record 12-04-07, 29-04-08, 30-03-09, 24-03-10, 5-04-11, 28-04-12, 24-05-13, 2-05-14.

She functions like clockwork, is well behaved, easy to handle, never had her feet trimmed, she literally doesn’t get touched, she does everything herself, she milks well and her udder has remained this shape and size without deteriorating. She is a medium sized, well marbled, sound, hardy cow and breeds with a true depth that typically  comes from her famous Edmeston Hilda granddam line. She has a clean shoulder, a large pelvis, she calves very quickly and rears some of the biggest, strongest calves in the herd at weaning each year.

None of the Hilda’s, from my first Edmeston Hilda or any of her daughters right down the entire line has ever had an assisted calving ! Not many cow families could boast such a record. She is the sort of cow we all need and I am proud to use her as representative of the type of animal that I produce, namely cattle that work commercially. Note: Hilda has never been fed corn, she is in her normal working condition off a grass only system.

Hillson Centurion 2 was the sire of Rocker and his dam Hillson Edna (726) also had a 100% unassisted calving record. His daughters have all been exceptional calf rearers just like his dam and he himself was an unassisted birth, lively calf and a very large calf at weaning.

Hillson Hilda 18th

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 Hillson Herdsman I @ 10 months                                                                   Herdsman @ 38 months

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Herdsman’s dam Hilda (237) has never had an assisted calving, it is an unusual female line in that they give birth to fairly small uninteresting calves and yet at weaning those calves develop into some of the largest, best quality cattle, this line is very productive and are excellent calf rearers.

His sire, Wolborough Achillies particularly improved smooth shoulders, good calving and soundness of feet and structure.

Herdsman was small at birth and typical of this line, flourished in an amazing way. His qualities make him a good choice specifically for use in the dairy herd, for producing excellent dairy x sucklers or easy to handle dairy x beef, he has ample quality for the male side and a good temperament. He is a medium sized South Devon with not particularly heavy bone. His meat qualities are exceptional and his use best suited to the largest South Devon cows who need feed efficiency and productivity improvement.

 

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 Unregistered bull, a Hillson Hero bull sired by Edmeston Hero 10th out of a moorland cow, used on all 2016 bulling heifers without problem. This bull is unusual in that his features are from the well known Crokers breeding which was on his dams side, Crokers Express, an excellent head, feed efficiency, signs of marbling, good calving and temperament and sire of the best steer calf of the 2017 crop.
 
Hillson Rocker 3
 
 
 
 
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Rocker 3 is probably the best bull bred from the Hillson herd yet, a son of Hillson Centurion 2, he has worked in a neighbours herd for the last few years with excellent results both in calving ability and the specimens produced. The herd’s heifers calve at 2yrs old and he has even been used to do this and with good results. The last years calving of 44 cows required only 2 births to need slight assistance with no calf losses.
With so many Hillson Centurion daughters in the herd at the time, I was unable to use him much, a few years later, I can now use him on more unrelated animals. He will be returning to the Hillson herd to be used as the main stock bull. His DNA status is a zero and yet throws excellent quality calves with very smooth shoulders, sound structure, good temperament, he is long, not too high off the ground, on very strong legs with a beautiful shoulder, good head, plenty of natural flesh over a really good quality body and large testicles. His condition is maintained without having to use cereals. His dam was a big, long, smooth shouldered cow with plenty of milk , small teats and good shaped udder. He has 2 full sisters working well in the herd.
A half brother to Rocker 2, both share similar qualities and abilities. He left me with 2 heifer calves before he left which are now due to calve in the spring of 2018, one especially is one of the best heifers I have bred and despite being commercially reared, without corn feeding, would have done well in the show ring.