On Friday Sept 18 - Saturday Sept 19, we hosted the national Red Devon USA Association (RDUSA) here at the farm.
As you may know, Walker Century Farms has been in our family for over 100 years (hence the certified "Century Farm" designation). Our specialty is grass-fed, grass-finished beef raised on pasture using holistic management approaches that improve soil health, sequester atmospheric carbon, AND produce a much healthier, more flavorful cut of beef for folks in our area who care about what they eat. ("Healthier" meaning a leaner meat with a balanced Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acid ratio, no hormones, no antibiotics, etc..)
We use and breed Red Devon cattle, an ancient breed that has been in domestication for as long as 2,000 years. Interestingly, Red Devons were also the first breed of cattle brought to the New World by the pilgrims. In 1623, three Red Devon heifers and a bull were brought to the Plymouth Colony aboard the ship Charity. Red Devons are a very docile breed that produces fantastic meat and finishes particularly well on grass.
We've been members of RDUSA for many years, and feel a special kinship with our fellow Devon cattlemen and women. Interestingly, RDUSA has the oldest cattle breeding records on earth, and its membership includes farmers from all over the world, not just the US.
RDUSA's annual conference isn't just for members; it's open to the public. These events provide a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning about (and seeing) what truly sustainable cattle farming looks like and meeting some of the men and women who are making it happen.
The main speakers at the 2015 conference were:
Below are a few photos from the 2015 Red Devon USA event that we hope you enjoy. Also note that The Pavilion at Walker Century Farms is a one-of-a-kind event venue right here in Upstate, South Carolina. If you're planning a wedding or event, we'd love to host you!