BP Farms is proud to be a part of the Livestock Conservancy and among their top heritage breeders. We take pride in caring for each of our unique breeds. Our animals are given the care they deserve, to provide you with quality organic beef, pork and chicken.
At BP Farms we care for several heritage breeds including –– Red Devon Cattle, American Milking Devon Cattle, Red Wattles Pigs and Rhode Island Red Chickens. We work with the Livestock Conservancy to preserve these animals. To ensure that our animals are purebred we send DNA reports of out animals for records and testing.
Heritage breeds have superior disease resistance, survival, self-sufficiency, fertility, longevity, foraging ability, and maternal instincts. The best way to ensure the survival of these rare breeds is to buy their products. You have to eat them to save them. By purchasing milk, meat, and eggs from BP Farms it enables us to continue raising them and preserve them.
Our Red Devon Cattle are ruby red and known for producing high quality beef and rich milk on a forage only diet. Their grazing ability makes them perfect for raising grass-fed beef. The Red Devon Cattle we raise for beef can be polled (meaning no horns) or horned. They don’t have to be horned and most are bred to be polled. Only the Milking Devons always have the black tipped horns.
Red Devons never performed will in a feed lot which has kept their genetics pure. Red Devon cattle have always been a grass based breed and Devons remain much like they were before there ever were feedlots. Our Devons are from lines that were never fed grain. Devons have a moderate frame size and are very docile animals. Many of our Devons are more like pets. They are very robust with great longevity and excellent mothering ability. At one time the Red Devon and the American Milking Devon were the same breed.
American Milking Devon Cattle are red with black tipped white horns. They are well known for their adaptability to low input management and ability to thrive in harsh environments. These cattle are desired for their meat and large amounts of dairy production. Milking Devons are a tri-purposed breed: Milk, Meat, and Draft (oxen). They are one of the few breeds that are still trained for use as oxen. Devons were brought to America by the Pilgrims in 1623. They were the first British breed brought to the Americas. They are intelligent hardy animals and have one of the greatest longevities of any breed. They are also one of the rarest cattle breeds and are on the Livestock Conservancy’s critical list.
BP Farms’ Red Wattles Pigs are large hogs with fleshy wattle on each side of their neck. All our Red Wattles are solid red. These pigs are known for their foraging activity and rapid growth rate. They produce a lean meat known for its flavorful and tender quality. Red Wattles make the best pork of any breed we’ve tried.
Our Rhode Island Red Chickens are America’s favorite. They are well known for their egg production and tasty meat. Each hen produces about 200-300 eggs every year. Their eggs are large and brown. These chickens have the ability to handle various conditions while still producing quality eggs.
At BP Farms we take pride in producing quality breeds that provide quality meats. Most of our breeds are on the livestock conservancy list but not all.