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The Milking Devon

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Cast In Order Of Appearance:

Announcer
Reporter
Milking Devon

SFX: opening Time For Cows theme music

ANNOUNCER

Cows from England to America? Today we're talking about the Milking Devon.

SFX: moo

REPORTER

You came from Devonshire, England?

MILKING DEVON

Yes, yes I did.

REPORTER

To the Plymouth Colony in 1623?

MILKING DEVON

Yes, yes, that's what they tell me.

REPORTER

You were the first importation of cows from Britain into what is now America, is that correct?

MILKING DEVON

As far as I know, yes that is correct. They wanted a draft animal. Something that could pull.

REPORTER

Yet, in England, you were renowned for your speed, intelligence, strength, willingness to work and, this is very important, your ability to prosper on coarse forage in a wide range of climates.

MILKING DEVON

Well, being a cow from Britain, I was used to coarse food. The Plymouth Colony was a bit short on fancy feed, if you know what I mean. And, anything other than damp and foggy was an improvement.

REPORTER

Your horns.

MILKING DEVON

My horns.

REPORTER

They look – well – they look pointed. I do apologize.

MILKING DEVON

For what? They are very pointed. Nothing to apologize for, I must say.

REPORTER

Do you think –

MILKING DEVON

Do I think what?

REPORTER

Do you think –

MILKING DEVON

Think that my horns might have been part of the reason I fell out of favor with the Americans? Listen, I was a triple-purpose stock. None could surpass me for draft work back then. My milk was good for cream and cheese making, and my carcass developed into fine beef on poor forage, as you've already pointed out.

REPORTER

Then what do you think happened?

MILKING DEVON

Happened? As in, why did I not become the best cow in America today?

REPORTER

Yes, I guess that's one way of putting it.

MILKING DEVON

Listen. No one wants a beast that can do too many things. It complicates their little minds too much.

REPORTER

Ah yes, I see what you mean.

MILKING DEVON

We Milking Devons are a medium sized triple-purpose breed that is adapted to survive on low-quality, high forage diet under severe climatic conditions. We are healthy, long lived, and thrive on good care and management.

REPORTER

Yes, I see. You are too generally useful to make an impact in these specialized times.

MILKING DEVON

You said it, I didn't.

SFX: moo
SFX: closing Time For Cows theme music

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