Welcome to Ox Hill Devon Farm

Welcome to Ox Hill Devons Farm. My name is Andrew Van Ord. Along with my dad, Howard and our families we operate a small hobby farm located in the beautiful Kinzua area of north western Pennsylvania. We are passionate about promoting American Milking Devon cattle and the use of oxen. After years of living away from the farm, my wife Kathy and I recently purchased the family farm. Our plans are to continue training oxen, selling ox equipment, and to raise a herd of traditional American Milking Devon cattle.

Andrew with Buck and Bright

I am a product of the 4-H working steer program and have been training and working cattle for as long as I can remember. Oxen have been a great father and son project over the years and I have learned and continue to learn a great deal from my dad.  I make no claims to be an expert, but what I post on this site is what works for me and I share it in the hope that it can help others.

Howards first team in 1957

My father, Howard VanOrd broke his first team in 1957 and has been training oxen ever since. He has trained and sold oxen all over the eastern United States. He started the only 4-H ox club in Pennsylvania and was an active 4-H leader for over 30 years. In addition to assisting 4-H members and local teamsters craft thier own yokes he has made all of his own yokes and has sold and shipped countless yokes for teamsters all over the country. He is particularly known for using a single ox and using cows as oxen.

4 thoughts on “Welcome to Ox Hill Devon Farm

  1. Hello Andy. I just found your great new site from DAPnet forum. It is wonderful to hear you have Devon calves, and those great names…I know where they came from. 🙂

    I’ve wondered if your dad’s old team ever found a new home, or if they are still with you.

    Hale Farm, only an hour from me, just got 4 yr. old shorthorns from Maine. I am scheduled to consult and train their staff. I’m excited about this, as you were about Lake Farmpark years ago. I went a couple weeks ago to assess the oxen and get the guy on the right track with them. Oxen are fine; he was good; I was confident they would be OK with him as main driver. Turns out that guy has just separated from Hale Farm; I don’t know who they expect to be their ox driver now.

    Anyway, say hi to your mom and dad, and your wife. Hope mom and dad are adjusting well to basement home.

    Hale Farm is in need of a 10″ yoke. Do you have one available now?

    We had such a great time over Labor Day!
    Vicki (and Mark) Solomon

    • Thank you. Its good to hear from you. I just started the calves and the site. The site is short on content but I’m working on it. I’m not much of a writer.

      Willy went to slaughter but Pat just found a new home last week. Evidently he will now be pursuing an acting career.

      Hale Farm is a great place. I tried to volunteer there too when I was in Cleveland but they wouldn’t let me work the oxen unless I was a full time employee with insurance. Stop in the Blacksmith shop and tell Marty I said hello. He is a great guy. We do have a 10″. It is Pat and Willy’s old yoke. If they buy it I would love to see Marty’s face when he sees it. He has admired the calabash on it for years because it is forged from a mule shoe.

      Mom and Dad are doing great in their new cacoon.

      Hope you and yours are doing well

      Andrew

  2. Hi Folks,
    I hear Pat is in my neighborhood. I can’t wait to hear the story how that connection was made. Babbett called me to find oxen for her project. I really thought Pat was gone, so I didn’t contact you,plus it would be a haul from your area to NYC.. I will try to get over to visit Pat one of these days.
    Glad to hear Howie & Betty are settled in their new digs. Give them my love.
    Robin

    • Good to hear from you Robin. I believe she responded to a neighbor’s ad on Rural Heritage and he recommended Pat. Her only requirement was a “quiet ox”. They don’t come any quieter. She wasn’t here much more than a half hour. She had a quick driving lesson and we loaded him so she could head home. She did very well and didn’t seem intimidated by his size or horns. I think they will do very well for each other. I can’t wait to see him in his acting debut!

      Andrew

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