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The American Milking Devon

The American Milking Devon | Preserving a Historic and Rare Breed of Cattle

Devon Cattle : Very hardy and able to thrive on rough forage. In England, these cattle were highly valued for their production of both high quality beef and rich milk used in Devonshire cream. This historical, efficient, hardy, multi-purpose breed is listed as critically endangered by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.

The American Milking Red Devon breed produces not only milk cows, but also draft oxen (see article on oxen breeds). This pair of oxen with their driver offer a picturesque image as they make their way through Colonial Williamsburg.

*RECOVERING* Devon cattle were developed over several ­centuries on the southwestern peninsula of England. The ­Devon is known for high quality beef, and the breed’s hardiness and grazing ­ability makes it an excellent choice for grass‑based production.

Beef Devon cow The Pilgrims brought Devon cattle with them to New England beginning in 1623.The Devon is known for high quality beef, and the breed’s hardiness and grazing ability makes it an excellent choice for grass‑based production.The breed’s history as a dual‑purpose animal gives it greater maternal ability than most other beef breeds. Cows: 1,100lbs(avg)/ Bulls: 1,600-2,000lbs