Old 300 Farm maintains a herd of registered Devon cattle. This is an old-world breed that is known for quality of genetics, meat tenderness and flavor, health and efficiency, and docile temperaments. Our herd is composed of Taupwe, Lakota, and Williamsburg bloodlines (to name a few).
High Quality Meat & Milk
The Devon breed thrives efficiently on grass and produces extremely tender, flavorful, and well-marbled meat. They are not adapted for grain/corn feed systems. Devon cattle have retained a large rumen that is necessary to turn grass into energy and delicious beef. Devon cows produce some of the highest quality milk of any breed. Many of our milking Devons retain the coveted A2/A2 gene markers that produce highly digestible milk, thereby avoiding the common dairy intolerances many people experience.
Efficient Grass Conversion
Devon cattle are medium sized cattle which improves overall efficiency in our pasture. This breed turns grass into body mass so efficiently that during a drought we don’t have to downsize our herd as other producers do. It takes very little grass to sustain our herd and bring them up to slaughter weight. Larger breeds like Angus, Charolais, Brahman, and Hereford consume vast amounts of food to sustain their large frame. These large cattle breeds have developed small sized rumens over the years to cope with the high sugar diets in a feed-lot system. A small rumen cannot easily subsist on grass alone whereas Devons sport very large rumens capable of fully processing grass as they were naturally intended. Devons truly are the perfect grass fed/finished cattle breed. Our herd receives high genetic tenderness scores to ensure a high quality product for you family.
The greatest concerns for cattle ranchers is disease and birthing difficulties. Devons are well known for the great resistance to disease and experience ease when giving birth. Calves enter the world healthy and gain strong antibodies from their mothers milk to help them fight against diseases. Their beautiful ruby-red hides are among the thickest in the cattle world, making them further resistant to pests that perpetuate pasture diseases. Thanks to the heartiness of Devon cattle we do not have to vaccinate nor use medications such as antibiotics on our animals.