Red Devon

For Dairy Farmers

Learn more about the general advantages of Red Devons, with evidence of how they are advantaged over other breeds and how those genetics were developed and nurtured.

Here we discuss why Red Devons suit a Dairy property

  • Reduced workload
  • Improved performance ratios
  • Reduced costs
  • Poll genetics available

Which is achieved with greater ease through

  • Agreeable temperament
  • Reliable fertility
  • Ease of calving
  • Strong Mothering and Milking Ability
  • Longevity
  • Resilience across extreme weather and environmental ranges
  • Genetic Integrity

most calves weigh between 32 and 38 kgs and have small shoulders

Red Devon cows have excellent mothering ability, compact problem free udders and calves have one of the highest survival rates to weaning. They are renowned for high milk production resulting in heavy calves at weaning. 

No breed has a purer genetic base than the Devon and breeders will continue to ensure the genetic integrity and stability of the breed. The dairybeef Red Devon cross calves are docile with solid colours, whereas cross breeding with Friesians produces solid black calves and with Jerseys they come out red. Red Devon calves also take to milk feeders readily. The resulting progeny produce early maturing quality marbled beef from rapidly growing calves that will do well on the toughest of country

Red Devon cows are capable of weaning calves at half their own body weight and still being in fat condition, can be wintered below maintenance feed levels until a few weeks before calving again.  In other words, using the body condition gained in times of plenty to survive the winter period.  An easy-care system.

Because Red Devons have such a robust constitution that they can be retained in the herd for more years than most other breeds. Cows in the herd are normally culled for age about fourteen years, with some of the top animals kept on longer. This makes the breed an economical one, with a low replacement rate.

Dairy beef is the future of New Zealand beef. Cash in on the early calf premium by getting your dairy heifers in calf to an easy calving Red Devon beef bull. Carry over the yearling Red Devon bulls you use over the heifers for tailing off the herd next season. You will be surprised how easy they are to manage.  The hybrid vigour noticeable in your calves is a direct result, of the purity of the Red Devon bulls used over your herd.

Avoid crossbreds and look for purebred bulls on the sales page from a registered breeder on our breeders page.