What is a Devon cow, heifer, bull, or even steer worth? Who do you call to find out?
Well in modern times, we look to the internet for information, so if you were to, “Google” Devon cattle on the internet, you would soon find that you can purchase Devon from various breeders around the country, nothing new there. Upon closer inspection, you would soon realize that you can also buy them from New Zealand, or Australia, and then you would learn that there are two breed registries in the US.
Now you would be really confused, right?
Which should you buy? Which is best? Which is the one everybody is talking about?
The ADCA board of directors feels that buyers should be aware of the differences between a South Devon, a Red Devon, a Beef Devon, a Dairy Devon, a pure Devon, a percentage Devon, a recovery registry Devon, etc.… etc.…
And while the value of each grows by the day as this fantastic breed (Devon) surpasses the expectations of cattle breeders, finishers, butchers and carnivores alike, they are different animals and have different values.
You, the readers, should be in charge of assigning the value to the cattle, this article is intended to inform you of what the cattle are on a genetic level. So, for a moment, let’s divert to a genetics lesson.
A Devon may be called just that, or a Red Devon, a Beef Devon, a Ruby Red, or a North Devon, they are all the same.
A Dairy Devon is just as pure as a beef Devon because they come from the same genetic pool. In 1952, the ADCA, then known as the American Devon Cattle Club, decided that the breed had to move into a specialist beef market to survive. At that time, a small group of breeders decided to form a separate association for dairy cattle and maintain triple-purpose stock.