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Devon is one of the oldest cattle breeds in existence. Devon cattle possesses a combination of attributes that lead many to call them the "perfect breed." Whether it is the consumer looking for a finer cut of meat or the cattleman looking for a higher quality and more efficient breed of cattle, Devon have proven to be a fantastic source for quality beef. Due to its genetic purity, the Devon is a perfect type of animal for grass fed farming; this breed remains the same as it was before anyone heard of a grain-finishing feedlot.
Records of the Red Devon cattle in the country of Devon, England date as early as 23 B.C., and Devon's made their way to America with the Pilgrims in 1623. At the time, their hardy foraging ability fit the uncertain grass conditions of the New World; their moderate but rich milking ability provided for both calf and family, and their docility and strength adapted them for use as oxen. Devon cattle did not take part in the feedlot madness that has had a stranglehold on the American beef industry since World War II. This kept the breed firmly in the hands of Devon breeders who insured the integrity and stability of the breed.
Marview Farms is dedicated in its efforts to one day raise an entirely Devon herd. Devon is a more expensive species of cattle to purchase, and does better on grass than other breeds that have been designed eat grain. Devons are one of the few breeds of cattle that have maintained their purity by being raised on grass alone. Marview is very selective when it comes to its cattle. Marview takes pride in its beef; as of right now the beef we’re producing is Devon-influenced. Although it takes years to to build a fully Devon herd, if you don’t start somewhere you won’t accomplish it. Marview is on its way there.