Devenshire Farms, located in Farmington, MN, was established by John Deveny’s grandfather in 1908. After taking an interest in cattle, John added beef to their farm in 1958. John’s two sons, Pat and Mike, as well as, Mike’s son, Steve, along with their families, currently manage the farming day to day operations. Steve represents the fifth generation of Devney’s all working on this family farm.
The Devney’s purchase cattle from a cow/calf farmer at approximately 14 months of age. Annually, they house up to 700 head of cattle, where they will continue to grow at their feedyard. Prior to entering the feedyard, these cattle have spent most of their life grazing on grass. On Devenshire’s cattle finishing facilities, the beef animals are fed a diet of cracked corn, haylage and free-choice dry hay. Cattle are fed this diet on the Devney’s farm for approximately 150-180 days and are sent off to market when they weigh about 1,500 pounds.
Like many farmers, Steve Devney has a college degree. He attended South Dakota State University and majored in Agricultural Economics. His degree has helped him to understand the complex farming industry. Devenshire Farms continues to stive for success with the hope of passing the farm onto the 6th generation.