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Near Accokeek in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

American Milking Devon Cattle

 
 
American Milking Devon Cattle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, August 14, 2020
1. American Milking Devon Cattle Marker
Inscription.  
American Milking Devons are a tri-purpose breed with a ruby red coat with black-tipped white horns. Devons come from the southwestern peninsula of England, where the breed was developed over several centuries. Devons are valued for the production of high quality beef and rich milk. The American Milking Devon breed is now distinct from other Devon populations in the world and closest to the breed's original type, and is unique to the United States. With the exception of one bull, all of the Milking Devon cattle in our pastures are breeding cows.

The American Milking Devon Cattle Association reports fewer than 1,500 living registered American Milking Devons in the U.S. today.

The heritage breeds seen grazing in the fields, cooling in the shade, or lazing about in the barnyard paddocks are rare breeds of animals that no longer conform to the needs of modern agriculture. These breeds were imported to the U.S. around the time of colonial settlement and are an essential part of the Accokeek Foundation's historical programming. More importantly they are preserved to promote sustainable agriculture and genetic
American Milking Devon Cattle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, August 14, 2020
2. American Milking Devon Cattle Marker
diversity.

All the breeds found at Piscataway Park are listed as critically endangered on the Livestock Conservancy's conservation priorities list. For both livestock and poultry, this means there are fewer than 2,000 animals of these breeds worldwide, with only 200 registered in the U.S.
 
Erected by Accokeek Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureAnimalsColonial Era.
 
Location. 38° 41.574′ N, 77° 4.182′ W. Marker is near Accokeek, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Bryan Point Road half a mile north of Cactus Hill Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3400 Bryan Point Rd, Accokeek MD 20607, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hog Island Sheep (here, next to this marker); Heritage Breeds (a few steps from this marker); Leaf, Land, and People (within shouting distance of this marker); Science and History Together (within shouting distance of this marker); The National Colonial Farm (approx. ¼ mile away); The Potomac Heritage (approx. ¼ mile away); The Hon. Frances Payne Bolton (approx. ¼ mile away); People Shaping the Land (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Accokeek.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 14, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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