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There are two types of Shorthorn, the Beef Shorthorn and the Dairy Shorthorn both derived from the original dual-purpose type. BeefShorthorns are red, red ad white, white or roan in colour, on the small side for modern beef cattle - the mature cows weigh about 500kg, the bulls around 800kg. The Shorthorn, was the most numerous cattle type in Britain until the1950's, and is still the most widely distributed breed in the world.
Fashions change, however, and by the 1970's their popularity had declined significantly in Britain, as there's no longer a market for early maturing 'baby beef'. Because of this, they are now on the 'vulnerable' list published by The Rare Breeds Survival Trust - a recent survey showed only 1,720 breeding females in the country. For more information, contact - The Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society, 4th Street, NAC, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG. Tel: 0124-7669 6549. or their website: www.shorthorn.co.uk or www.whitebredshorthorn.com