If you're interested in getting started raising Milking Devons we would encourage you to do so by all means. These cattle are easy keepers and bring years of enjoyment and beauty to your life. We've never regretted getting started with Milking Devons and find that we appreciate them more with each passing day.
Before you jump into making your first purchase we would encourage you to identify what purpose you will be mostly raising your cattle for. This will help you in your quest for the right animals. Certain breeders sell animals to and for specialty markets (oxen, beef, small dairies, gentleman farmers etc). Some strains within the Milking Devon's are known for different variations in coat color, temperament, quality of oxen, shape etc…
Most Devon Breeders enjoy the interest in their cattle. You may even request to visit the farm and look at the cattle. I would encourage this whenever possible. When you make the decision to purchase you should begin with a calf if possible that is 6 months old. A calf this age will be small enough to manage but old enough to be sufficiently weaned from his/her mother. More often than not you will have to be put on a waiting list to get your calf. The wait is well worth it. You want to be sure that no matter what animal you buy that it has an ear Tattoo with it's registration number on it. You should also get a registration certificate coming from the American Milking Devon Association, verify with the breeder that you want a registered animal.
Costs vary from breeder to breeder. A lot of the variation is related to the age, breeding and demand for a particular breeders cattle. As a general rule a 6-month-old calf will range in cost from $1000 to $1500 at current market pricing. REMEMBER ALL DEVONS ARE NOT CREATED EQUALLY.
If you want to get started by purchasing a Milking Devon contact us and we would be happy to work with you to get you started and answer your questions.
-Erick & Patty Taylor