Uphilldowndale

Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Summer Grazing

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Summer grazing on the Staffordshire moors, these White Park Cattle are a rare breed, not your everyday cattle.

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White Park Cattle are an ancient British breed of cattle.  Their history of more than two thousand years links them with Druids, hunting parks and Stately Homes. They have an intense white coat contrasted by black nose and ears and majestic horns.  They are believed to be Britain’s oldest breed of cattle. A thrifty, hardy and native breed, they are being increasingly used for environmental grazing.  They are used as the symbol of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.

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We are in the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme and use the White Park Cattle to graze the rougher ends of the farm, they prefer the rougher herbage to rich grass.  They do a marvellous job of cleaning up the rushes and thrive on poorer quality grass.  The White Park cattle are genetically pre-disposed to feast and famine farming i.e. they put on the wonderfully marbelled fat during the summer but do not suffer in the tougher times of winter.  In the past we have out-wintered them (no mean feat in this part of the world) but prefer to house them indoors during the winter months.

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I think they are fine looking beasts

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

12 thoughts on “Summer Grazing

  1. They certainly look sturdy. I never thought about Druids raising cattle. There’s a new image.

  2. They are gorgeous creatures.

  3. You know, I’ve never thought of cows as beautiful creatures before. But these are truly gorgeous cows, Uhdd. Wow… Live and learn. :o)

  4. Beautiful cattle, peaceful looking cows in a lovely countryside.

  5. Wonderful captures of some very majestic beasts. Nice one.

  6. I like cows and they seem to like me to judge from the way they always try to eat my jacket when me meet.

    These cows are very pretty and so are the resultant photos.

  7. Beautiful cows, beautifully captured. The first one is so pastoral. Lovely, lovely.

  8. These are really beautiful cattle, such lovely gentle faces. I knew of the breed but didn’t realise that there were any as near as you are. I’ve always associated them with large ancestral estates and even then not very many of them. It’s so good that people like you are helping these ancient breeds to survive.

  9. I really like cows. These are beautiful images, particularly the second to last.
    K

  10. That first photo of the resting cattle is just impossibly beautiful.

  11. It looks like you have been walking near our farm. I see you have not only captured our White Park cattle (we now have around 50) but you also have some lovely shots of our Dewlap Toulouse and Sebastapol Geese. White Parks are so special and the first one was a Xmas present from me to my partner (it was even delivered Xmas day !!). Since then he has become besotted and we are fast approaching becoming the largest herd in the country. As with all rare breeds, you have to be passionate to keep them. Thanks for introducing a wider audience to these beautiful cattle.

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