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Our Breeding Philosophy

The American Milking Devon Cattle Breeding Program at Devon Point Farm

Devon Point Farm now Breeding for A2 Milk Genetics!

In 2016, we acquired a new herd sire, with A2A2 genetics. In 2017 we will be calving our first A2 crop of calves! 


 

Our Breeding Philosophy
At Devon Point Farm we are focused on breeding an old-world Devon that meets a standard of excellence designed for multi-purpose cattle that thrive on grass. (See Breed Standard Images & Descriptions below). The standard sets criteria for the body type of cattle that can provide a generous amount of wholesome high-quality milk and the finest flavored heavily marbled beef — both on a diet of grass and grass alone.

We breed our cattle as a closed herd to minimize disease and to control irregularities. We aim to produce a consistently-framed animal that is highly fertile (prepotent), is well-suited to a strict grass diet and harsh climate. Our cattle are sold as foundation stock for seed herds. We do utilize Devon beef and milk for our own personal consumption, and sell naturally raised steers as grassfed, grass-finished beef with no hormones and no antibiotics. Our goal is to breed the best multi-purpose Devon cattle possible and to help re-establish this breed to its rightful position as a premiere breed in the marketplace.


American Milking Devon Cattle & Calves For Sale at Devon Point Farm in Woodstock, Connecticut

Devon Cattle Standard of Excellence - BULLS

With marks for judging, stressing the importance of various points:
1. HEAD - Masculine. Forehead broad: short and wide from the eye to nostril. Strong at bridge of nose. Nostrils high and open. Muzzle broad and clean, flesh-coloured, free from blue or black; eyes full and placid; ears medium size and thickness fringed with hair; horns matching, placed at right angles from the head and curving downward. Waxy at the base. Tipped with a darker shade but not black: cheek full and broad at the root of the tongue.
2. NECK - Short and muscular, growing from the head to the shoulders and spreading out to meet them. With good crest; throat:
clean.
3. SHOULDERS - Broad and flat on top and well covered. Not prominent at the points
4. CHEST - Deep. Broad and somewhat circular in character.
5. RIBS - Well sprung from the backbone. Nicely arched. Deep and fully developed.
6. BACK - Straight and level from the top of the shoulders to the setting on the tail. Loin broad and full. Hips of medium width. Not prominent and well covered with flesh and on level with the back.
7. RUMPS - Long. Full and level.
8. TAIL - Well set. Thick at the root and tapering. Reaching to the hocks. With a thick brush of hair. And hanging at right angles with the back
9. ROUNDS and THIGHS - Deep. Broad and full. Extending well down to the hocks.
10. THE UNDER LINE - Parallel with the top.
11. FORE LEGS - Short and muscular, arms full: legs straight and set well apart, good bone.
      FEET - Not overgrown and meeting the ground squarely.
12. HIND LEGS and HOCKS - Legs straight and squarely placed when viewed from behind. Not to cross or sweep when walking. Good bone: hocks to be well let down. Cannon bone short.
      FEET - Not overgrown and meeting the ground squarely.
13. SKIN - Moderately thick and mellow, covered with an abundant coat of mossy hair of a rich red colour: a little white in front of the purse is admissible but not on any part of the limbs or body.
14. GENERAL APPEARANCE - Showing typical Devon character. Good growth, deep and blocky, well-balanced, evenly-fleshed and smart on parade.

American Milking Devon Breedstock at Devon Point Farm in Woodstock, Connecticut
Devon Cattle Standard of Excellence - COWS

With marks for judging, stressing the importance of various points
1. HEAD - Moderately long, with a broad indented forehead: the nose of flesh colour. Clean and free from blue or black. The nostrils high and open. The jaws clean. The eyes bright. Lively and prominent: ears thin and fringed with hair: the expression being gentle and intelligent. Horns matching. Spreading and gracefully turned, of a waxy colour. Tipped with a slightly darker shade, but not black.
2. NECK - Of medium length. Growing from the head to the shoulders, and spreading out to meet them; throat clean.
3. SHOULDERS - Moderately broad and flat on top and well-covered. Not prominent at the points.
4. CHEST - Deep. Broad and somewhat circular in character.
5. RIBS - Well sprung from the backbone. Nicely arched. Deep and fully developed.
6. BACK - Straight and level from the top of the shoulders to the setting on of the tail. Loin broad and full, hips of medium width and on a level with the back.
7. RUMPS - Long. Level. And moderately full.
8. TAIL - Well set. Thick at root and tapering, reaching to the hocks. With a thick brush of hair, and hanging at right angles with the back.
9. ROUNDS and THIGHS - Deep. Broad and full. Extending well down to the hocks.
10. THE UNDER LINE - Parallel with the top.
11. FORE LEGS - Short and muscular. Arms full. Legs straight and set well apart. Medium bone.
      FEET - Not overgrown and meeting the ground squarely.
12. HIND LEGS and HOCKS - Legs straight and squarely placed when viewed from behind. Not to cross or sweep when walking. Good bone: hocks to be well let down. Cannon bone short.
      FEET - Not overgrown and meeting the ground squarely.
13. SKIN - Moderately thick and mellow, covered with an abundant coat of mossy hair of a rich red colour: a little white about the udder is admissable but not on any part of the limbs or body.
14. GENERAL APPEARANCE - Showing typical Devon character. Good growth, deep and blocky, well-balanced, evenly-fleshed and smart on parade.
      UDDER - Not fleshy. Coming well forward in line with the           belly, and well-up behind: Teets moderately large and                        squarely placed.
American Milking Devon Breedstock at Devon Point Farm in Woodstock, Connecticut