2021 55¢ Heritage Breeds – Milking Devon Cow
Value: 55¢ 1-ounce First-class rate (Forever)
Issue Date: May 17, 2021
First Day City: Mount Vernon, VA
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method: Offset, Flexographic
Format: Pane of 20
Quantity Printed: 25,000,000
The Milking Devon (or American Devon) is an American cattle breed that has been around for generations. Inf act, its earliest ancestors were the first cows imported from Britain. Two females and one male were brought to the Plymouth Colony in 1623 as draft animals. These and other imported cows all combined to eventually form the American Devon.
The American Devon was originally used to pull plows and other draft vehicles. However, it was later discovered that they could serve many other purposes. They produced a good amount of milk as well as quality meat. They were also able to thrive on less-than-ideal forage and survive in harsh conditions.
American Devons range in color from deep red to light chestnut and may have white markings. They are considered to be medium sized, with fully grown females ranging from 1,000 to 1,200 pounds and bulls weighing between 1,400 and 1,700 pounds. Both males and females have light-colored, curved horns with darker tips. American Devons are well mannered and docile, making them a good choice for inexperienced farmers.
As time went on, the American Devon fell by the wayside as other breeds gained popularity. Thankfully, there are many people today who enjoy raising the breed and introducing its wonderful qualities to others.