Preserving an ancient breed…

This lovely lady is a White Park cow.  She lives at Gatcombe Farm and is currently waiting to calf out in the fields. White Park cows at Gatcombe

They are now designated a Rare Breed and are thought to have originated within the British Isles nearly 2000 years ago.  White Park cows are extremely efficient grazers and can be reared very economically as they’re known to prefer weeds and other coarse plants that most breeds would deliberately avoid.   Most farmers keep them outside throughout the entire year and they’re hardy enough to thrive without supplements or even extensive shelter.  They’re easily recognisable with their distinctive pearly white colouring with dark points around the nose, ears, eyes and tips of the horns.  They have a docile nature and are generally bred as beef cattle.

www.gatcombe-farm-devon.co.uk

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