The Milking Devon is a breed of cattle from the United States. Originally derived from British North Devon cattle brought to North America in the 17th century, the two strains have since diverged significantly, and the breed is often called the American Milking Devon to differentiate it from its British cousin. Modern North Devons have been bred to be used almost exclusively for beef production, while Milking Devons are a multi-purpose animal akin to the stock which first took the Transatlantic journey. Despite their name, they are also suited to meat production and to work as draft animals (i.e. oxen). Considered to be one of the oldest and purest breeds of American cattle in existence, Milking Devons are also exceedingly rare.