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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.

South Devon

Sources: A Field Guide to Cows, by John Pukite, Falcon Press, Helena, Montana, 1996, pp. 76-77.
and OSU's Breeds of Livestock -- South Devon Cattle page.