Extinction Risk: Critical
Use: Dairy, Meat, Draft
Why we need them
With a growing world population and a greater strain on the planet's natural resources than ever before, sustainable systems of farming and food production are imperative.
Heritage breeds help to ensure the security of the world's food systems by preserving these genetic traits, and others: disease resistance, survival, fertility, longevity, and maternal instincts.
American Milking Devons, unlike many of their industrial counterparts, are ideally suited to sustainable, grass-based systems. They are a hardy breed adapted to the conditions of our local environment and are valuable for their self-sufficiency and practicality.
These cattle play a vital role in land conservation efforts in Piscataway Park. Their hardiness makes them excellent for draft, and their use in agricultural work on the farm sites helps to reduce the Foundation's dependence on fossil fuels. Their grazing schedule also contributes to healthy land as they help maintain and fertilize the natural meadow and savannah pastures.