Pine Plains, New York
Patricia and John Forelle purchased Folly Farm in Pine Plains, New York about 25 years ago as a weekend retreat. Fifteen years ago John began to run cattle on his pastures, including several registered Devons which were then considered a threatened livestock breed by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. With John’s retirement from his New York City law practice and full time relocation to Folly Farm at the end of 2003 his attention turned to improving the quality and numbers in his Devon herd.John has been active in both ADCA and NADA where he served on the board for three years.
Trips to the west of England with his TDA partners and others in 2010 and 2011 cemented his interest in traditional English Devon cattle. By then his registered Devon herd had grown to 70 animals, and he had 30 Devon crosses for meat production. In 2011 John decided to sell his American-bred Devons and crosses, but keep a group of English-sired embryos, which would calve in the spring of 2012, and focus his interest on the English Devons being bred by TDA.
Walker’s Century Farm
Anderson, South Carolina
Nancy and William (Bill) Walker live on and farm a South Carolina Century Farm that has been in the Walker family since 1898. Members of the Walker family have been cattle farmers since the 1940s. In the 1990s Bill leased the land to other farmers. In 2003, Nancy was diagnosed with cancer and Bill and Nancy made a commitment to eat healthier. After much research into breeds of cattle, we decided on the Devon, especially because Nancy really liked them. We purchased our first Devon in 2006 and have been actively breeding Devon since and offering breeding stock to other breeders.
We have added heritage hogs and a variety of goats to our farm to practice sustainable farming and to have a wider range of meat products. We sell our beef at the Slow Food sponsored Earth Market in Greenville, SC, at our local farmers’ market, and at our on-farm market.
Bill actively practices pulmonary/critical care medicine and Nancy is retired from Clemson University where she was a professor of genetics and is adjunct professor of ethics at Erskine Seminary.
Thistle Hill Farm
Wooz Matthews and David Schoumacher began raising Devon almost a decade ago and it is an intensely personal calling. Before their marriage, each had lost his spouse to cancer and were determined to raise cattle in the most natural, healthful way possible. They settled on Devon after testing a number of other breeds. Today they have a herd of 50 pure bred Devon and sell both seed stock and boxed beef and pork from their farm.
David has been active in both major Devon Associations, was a founder of NADA with Ridge Shinn and Gearld Fry, and, under the pen name “ED”, for many years wrote the popular NADA Info page on the internet. Wooz has served for the past six years as NADA’s registrar. Her relationship with the registrar of the British Devon Society, Gina Lane, has been an added plus in the research into Traditional Devon™.
Thistle Hill Farm has been in Wooz’ family since World War II. David is a former Air Force pilot and television network correspondent.