Well-bred & well-mannered

We sell registered breeding stock, gentled bull calves for draft, and friendly family cows.

Honey Hill Devons are bred for confirmation, personality and trueness to type.

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All cattle are intelligent, but American Milking Devons are superstars. I keep the herd small to ensure lots of handling and human contact, and to get everybody off to the best possible start. Predictable daily routines and activities--such as entering the barn in proper sequence, standing at the correct place at the shared manger, receiving inspection and grooming--all train politeness. Halter work cements the commands of gee, haw, come up, back, and whoa.

Living with Honey Hill's resident oxen develops confidence, and a calm response to new or less common events. The Devons pay close attention to their trusted guides: The hoof trimmer's tilt table really isn't such a big deal. When the wind comes up, it's time to leave the timber pasture and tuck under the roof of the loafing shed. The clang of a dump truck tailgate, or the blast of a muzzle loader--not to worry. There's nothing exciting about any tractor.

At a minimum, I require zero flight distance, quiet acceptance of the halter, and respect for the goad stick, along with an absolute taboo against using horns to communicate with humans. It's really gratifying when the cattle know--and come to--their own names.

Honey Hill Devons respect electric and wire fencing. Access to pasture is available year round, but the herd stays in the barn or barnyard at night. A ringing bell says "come home." Our Devons return at a run.

Calves generally are weaned at six months. When not on grass, the cattle eat leafy hay, with supplemental grains for fast-growing youngsters to keep them comfortable during the coldest days. (Yes, these animals are pampered.) Loose minerals and dried kelp are available free choice.

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Heifers

Please contact  HoneyHillDevons@gmail.com with your interest.

 

Herd dynamics: AMD heifers with Burley, a young AMD bull


Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) by A Greener World certifies Honey Hill Heritage Devons as a source of farm animals raised to the highest animal welfare and environmental standards.

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Cows

Please contact HoneyHillDevons@gmail.com with your interest.

 

AMD friends


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Called a “badge of honor for farmers” and the “gold standard,” AWA is the most highly regarded food label when it comes to animal welfare, pasture-based farming, and sustainability.

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Steers and bulls

Please contact HoneyHillDevons@gmail.com with your interest.

 

AMD Ruby is pregnant. The oxen — well, they’re just plump.


AWA audits, certifies and supports independent family farmers raising their animals according to the highest animal welfare standards, outdoors on pasture or range. animalwelfareapproved.us