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Breeds of Livestock - South Devon Cattle

Breeds of Livestock - South Devon Cattle

South Devon


An English Breed Alternative

The South Devon originate from the counties of Devon and Cornwall in Southwest England, where they have been a distinct breed since the 16th century. They are the largest of the British breeds and are not related to Devon cattle which are also from England. Over 100 years of selection for performance have given the South Devon its outstanding qualities of beef and maternal characterics.

The first South Devon were brought to the United States in 1969 and in 1974, the North American South Devon Association was formed for the purpose of development, registration and promotion of the South Devon breed of cattle in this country. The breed is exceptionally adaptable to varying climatic conditions and is presently well established on five continents. Whereever they have been introduced South Devon's have been well accepted and exhibited strong performance for production and profitability.

South Devons are available both horned and polled, as Fullbloods, Purebreds and Percentage cattle. Some blacks are also available.


Breed Associations and Registries



North American South Devon Association, 19590 E. Main St., Suite 202, Parker, CO 80138 Phone: (303) 770-3130 Fax: (303) 770-9302 Email:


North American South Devon Association, Englewood, CO



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Updated April 16, 2001


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