All we could have hoped for…

by David

…when we began our English project. Entirely new pure traditional Devon bloodlines.

And here is one: Buttercup from Brian Drake’s Essington Park herd. Bred there…born here…and now with her first calf.
TDA23 and her calfBrian has since retired and his herd, one of England’s oldest, has been dispersed. The sire of this month old well-mannered bull calf is our Churchill…out of Gavin Hunter’s great cow Tilbrook Cashtiller.

The shortage of pure, traditional Devon bloodlines has become so critical in England that one breeder we know has thrown up her hands and is using an Angus bull this year, hoping for better luck next year.

We’ll never forget spotting Buttercup’s dam on her pasture in North Tawton…and working with Brian to arrange the flush. She brings a certain touch of class to our herd in northern Virginia.