Breed: South Devon:
- The South Devon are usually a light brownish-red.
- The skin has a light red pigment.
- The muzzle is wide and buff colored.
- The average bull stands about 5 feet at the withers and weighs 2400 pounds.
- The average cow stands about 4 1/2 feet and weighs about 1450 pounds.
- Some of the South Devon have horns; the horns are medium length and curve upward on cows
and downward on bulls.
- The South Devon originate in the southwest of England in the counties of Devon and Cornwall.
- It is among one of the larger British breeds.
- It's history goes back 400 years, although the exact genetic makeup of the breed is uncertain.
- It seems likely that the Devon breed to the north and the Guernsey breed contributed to the South Devon,
but the South Devon is distinct from both now.
- The South Devon has comparably rich milk, high in protein and butterfat.
- The cows are noted for being docile.
- They have a long lifespan and are heat and insect resistant.
A Field Guide to Cows, by John Pukite, Falcon Press, Helena, Montana, 1996, pp. 76-77.
OSU's Breeds of Livestock
-- South Devon Cattle page.