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An ancient breed of feral cattle, and 'cousins' of 'White Park' cattle. Cattle in medieval times looked like this - so the herd must not be lost - but has been down to as few as 13 animals (after the hard winter of 1947), however things have improved a little. As a precaution, a reserve unit has been established in a secret location in Scotland - the bulk still remaining at Chillingham Park in Northumberland.
The cattle are very small by today's standards - weighing only 280kg on average. They are white in colour with lightly marked red points with a dense winter coat. Their horns are upright and lyre-shaped, distinctly different to those of White Park.. neither generation lives long, females may reach 17 years of age, but males only 13. for more information contact: The Chillingham Wild Cattle Association, Estate Office, Chillingham, Ainwick, Northumberland, NE66 5NJ. See 'Rare Breeds Survival Trust'