The following information regarding upcoming rare cattle and oxen events comes to us by way of Kendy Sawyer from HineSite Milking Devons and Kerry Cows in Fries, VA.

March 25.  Lisa Carpenter is directing the historic agriculture program at Historic Brattonsville in McConnellls, SC. March 25 from 10 to 4 is their Children’s Day. She’ll be plowing with horses, she has a baby team of Devons and I’ll bring my Kerries for meet and greet. She has a period stone boat and harrow period clothing strongly preferred. Contact Lisa lcarpenter@chmuseums.org

April 7-8. From Service to Stewardship, Lexington, VA. this is Livestock Conservancy’s training for military veterans and others. A track has been added this year for expanding operations and becoming conservation breeders. Friday night’s speed networking is the opportunity to bring heritage livestock to meet potential stewards over a casual dinner. (Dinner and stall only option available.) Ed Schultz and I will do a demo of calf work at lunch on Friday.  For program information and to register: https://livestockconservancy.org/index.php/what/internal/veterans-workshop
May 6 and 7. Mother Earth News Fair, Fletcher (Asheville) NC. I’ve reserved 3 stalls each for Milking Devons, Kerries, Pineywoods​ and SODA – Southern Ox Drovers Association (which we will organize one day.) There is no charge for participating – this year the covered arena will be available for driving and demos – we need to work around the Suffolk Punch horse schedule for the ring. It has been a lot of fun and a really good group of attendees in the past.  Informtion: http://www.motherearthnewsfair.com/north-carolina/
me: ksawyer.2009@gmail.com

September 7-9.Rockbridge County Fair and Expo, Virginia Horse Park, Lexington, VA. Steve Hart is organizing a heritage livestock exhibit – and would welcome more rare breed animals – and an oxen gathering, demos, competition – whatever we might like to organize. There will be a horse pull on Saturday if anyone wants to try their team. Lots of other old fashioned fun – hay bale decorating, goat driving, animal and child costumes. I keep suggesting pig agility. Contact Steve at hbf.farm@yahoo.com or 540-464-1770 (house phone, no recorder.)

September 28 – October 1. State Fair of Virginia, The Meadow Event Park, Doswell, VA. Rare breeds may enter the Dairy show. Milking Devons were represented last year by oonly one breeder, Richard Larsen, he said it was a very good marketing event for him. If there are not more entries the fair is unlikely to continue the classes. oldgjerpenfarm@yahoo.com
November 9-11. Milking Devon Breeders Fall Gathering at/near Williamsburg, VA. Jeffery Martyn and Elaine Shirley are coordinating this event for Sunday the 11th, following the Livestock Conservancy Annual Meeting. If you’re able to help with planning, or for an estimated attendance: jgmartyn@gmail.com