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White Park

Probably Britain's oldest breed of cattle. Cattle of a similar type roamed the country in several locations in Wales, Scotland, Ireland and the northern part of England in the 5th century BC. The coat is white with coloured ears, muzzle, eyelids, feet and teats. The most common colour being black, although in some herds it can be red. The true White Park is born white.

Unfortunately, they aren't in the top league for competitive performance when modern farming methods are considered - so have been relegated to being park animals. They are thus listed as an 'endangered species' by The Rare Breeds Survival Trust, only about 400 breeding females remaining. For more information contact: The White Park Cattle Society, Wimpole Home Farm, Wimpole, Arrington, Nr. Royston, Herts, SG8 0BW. Tel: 01223-207804. See 'Rare Breeds Survival Trust'

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