2020 Milking Devon Cattle Sale

For over 25 years we’ve raised Milking Devon cattle on our family farm in Harnett County, NC (between Raleigh and Fayetteville).  These are representatives of the breed imported to North America in 1623 when the English brought provisions to the Mayflower Colony; they were imported for use primarily as oxen.

 

Today the breed is extinct in England and, according the Livestock Breeds Conservancy, are “highly endangered” here and across the planet.  Members of the public can see a few descendants of these imported animals at heritage sites such as Williamsburg and Mt. Vernon.

 

Ours is a healthy, disease-free, long-term closed herd with a known life-long dietary history.  While purebred, only our herd sire ("Buddy") is formally registered with the American Milking Devon Cattle Association.  We now propose to reduce our 100% grass-fed herd formerly of 18 animals all the way down to 1 (our registered bull) – and then rebuild the herd before this year’s end with 4 recently purchased registered females (from which we can slowly re-create a pure-bred AND all-registered herd).

 

We have three individuals for sale.  The price varies from $600 to $800, depending upon size, age and gender) and it itemized in an accompanying spreadsheet printout (dated 2020-04-25).  Ideally, one bulk purchaser would take them all (priced at $2,100) but we more realistically expect to sell them in much smaller groupings.

 

We hope to place our animals either with small conservationist family farms like ours or with farm-to-table operations that (perhaps…) we could continue to supply with 100% grass-fed rare-breed stock from our unsold animals; all our 2019-20 buyers fit that profile.

Animal Description & Prices

Milking Devon Sale Description and Prices
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Devon Sale Detail

SIRE:  All sale animals are offspring of purebred Milking Devon Cattle bred and raised here at Willow Pond Farmstead.  The older animals are off our old bull, Buster, and the younger ones are from "Buddy" (the registered bull pictured here).

 

FORAGE: The herd is 99.999% rotational (weekly) pasture and bermudagrass hay fed.  The ONLY exception is that we sometimes chum them into the corral with a scoop of the goats' sweet feed.  They drink only our farm's well water from an all-weather fountain (there are no streams or natural sources of running water in their pasturage).  During wintertime pasturage/hay-feeding, we free-choice supplement them continuously with commercial 200# tubs of 24% protein; the last of these was set out March 20, 2020 and is still being consumed.  The rest of the year they continuously receive free-choice mineralized salt blocks.

 

TREATMENTS: 

The herd has never received hormones or growth supplements, nor has it ever been vaccinated (our NCSU professor/vet approves this because of the herd's continuous isolation).  They receive annual applications of pour-on Ivermectin (the last herd-wide application on June 7, 2019 with another due in May, 2020).  We last treated for flies on May 19, 2019 with a pyrethrin-based rub.

This year we put out our usual block of Safeguard wormer in March; looking ahead, we will put out their fly rub soon.

That's it.  No other chemicals, medications or treatments.  They are hardy!

 

PREGNANCY:  We do not warrant ANY of these animals to be pregnant. All graze together and so all our females have been continuously exposed to the bull.

 

INSPECTIONS:  We're located 12 miles from the intersection of I-95 and I-40.  You'll find additional detail about our operation at willowpondfarmstead.com and facebook/willowpondfarmstead.  Please email at info@willowpondfarmstead.com to arrange a visit.

 

PRICES:  Please download and read the PDF price list here onm the website for the inventory of our animals and their individual prices.

 

All payments in "good funds" specified and agreed to at the time of sale contract.  Please do not ask us to accept personal or business checks unless delivered well in advance with ample time to clear.

 

The quoted prices are firm but we will package and bulk-sale the entire sale-herd to a single buyer for $2,100.