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Category: North American Devon Association

Second stop….

….on our summer vacation Devon tour:  Don and Heather Minto’s Watson Farm on an island in the middle of Narragansett Bay. We met Don at the very first North American Devon organizational meeting….worked together on the board…and planned NADA’s second convention at his Rhode Island farm.  No one has done more for Devon than he […]

What we did on our summer vacation….

….visited Devon farms, of course.  And there’s none prettier than John and Patsy Forelle’s “Folly Farm” near Pine Planes, New York.  You may remember it as the scene of the glamorous closing banquet of the then-new North American Devon Association.         John and I served on the NADA board for several years […]

Jerry Engh on the mend….

We thought his many friends in the Devon world would want to know: We saw Jerry Engh at Lakota Ranch today.  Jerry suffered a stroke a few weeks ago but he’s not only up….he’s running.  And supervising things at Lakota from a 4-wheeler. He does have some mild paralysis but my non-professional diagnosis is that […]

It’s about time….

The boards of directors of the major Devon organizations in the United States have now voted, in principal, to a merger of the two associations.   While the proverbial “devil is in the details”, this is the first time after two years of flirting, that a date for the marriage has been set. The expectation is that the […]

Drought claims noted Devon herd….

Quite a few cattle owners have decided to throw in the towel because of the drought, and now we’ve heard from Devon breeder Bill Roberts that he’s planning to disperse his herd. 12 Stones Grasslands Beef is one of the outstanding Devon operations in the country.  Bill kept it in the Midwest when he moved […]