A new generation of White Park cattle are just starting to be born and new member Rita Williams is delighted with her first calves. She sent us these beautiful photos.
The Chairman, Treasurer, a Council member and the Secretary of the White Park Cattle Market all had the pleasure of visiting Melton Mowbray Cattle Market recently to view the new cattle lines that are being constructed. The new lines are due to open for business in Spring 2017.
Following the tour of the construction site the WPCS representatives then joined other cattle society officials for lunch. A presentation on the Rare Breeds Show and Sale organised each year by Grassroots Systems Ltd followed. Members present also heard about the Rare Breeds Survival Trust gene bank and the changes to the Zootechnical regulations, breed monitoring and FAnGR list with respect to special area payments and derogation from culling in the event of an exotic disease outbreak.
Everyone present agreed that the event had been a highly informative and interesting day.
The White Park Cattle Society is always pleased to welcome new members. In December we were delighted to hear that William and Anna from Northern Ireland have become the proud owners of two White Park females and are looking forward to showing them. The whole family has now become a member of the Society. It is great to hear that the younger generation are interested in our beautiful White Park cattle and we look forward to learning of William and Anna’s successes in the show ring.
Interest in the two White Park cattle figurines produced by Border Fine Arts has been so high that only 20 bulls and 17 Cow and calves are still available for sale (as at 1.11.16)
Both figurines are limited editions with only 350 copies being produced. The artist was Ray Ayres who captured the true essence of the breed after several visits to sketch the cattle in the flesh.
Grays Country Gifts who are selling the figurines through their website predict that both the bull and the cow and calf will sell out by the end of 2016.
If you are thinking of buying one of the figurines for a Christmas present please act fast so as not to be disappointed.
National Trust Wales start fundraising campaign to expand the numbers of White Park cattle at Dinefwr
National Trust Wales has started a fundraising campaign to raise £36,000 in order to purchase a new White Park bull and expand its herd at Dinefwr Castle in Carmarthenshire.
The herd is managed by Wyn Davies, seen below with some of the White Park cattle currently residing at the castle.
Seven year old White Park cow Smoile Vivien was named overall Champion Rare Breed at the show and sale held at Chelford Market on Saturday 24 September 2016. Smoile Vivien was owned by Jessica Bryne-Daniel and bred by Mr and Mrs Anthony Milner. Following her success in the show ring Smoile Vivien and her calf PantGwyn Veritas then made the highest price of the day selling at 2550 guineas to White Park Cattle Society member Mr Adam Ogden.
Until its dispersal in 2013 following the retirement of John Barker, the highly respected Collegewood herd of White Park cattle grazed beautiful parkland in the Chilterns. As a non-farmer with no land and no prospect of buying any John’s start in life as a cattle owner looked precarious. But with a lot of hard work, help from friends and neighbours and his devoted wife Mo, John acquired more and more acres and gradually developed his beloved White Park herd. Following retirement from owning cattle John has written a 53 page A4 book, illustrated by many beautiful photographs, which details how he started out his cattle-owning career with two acres and a Charolais x Welsh Black calf and finished with a herd of White Park cattle that enjoyed a visit from Her Majesty the Queen.
John’s book “Collegewood” is now available from the White Park Cattle Society priced at £8. To order your copy please telephone 01926 632560 or email [email protected]
Following the success of the White Park cow and calf Border Fine Arts has just launched a limited edition figurine of a White Park bull.
Sculpted by Ray Ayres the White Park bull figurine is a composite of several bulls viewed by Ray during his on-farm research. Limited to just 350 figurines the White Park bull is priced at £245. The figure can be viewed and purchased on the Grays Country Gifts website.
Border Fine Arts figurines are well sought after by collectors for their high quality workmanship and hand painted detail. Each figurine is made to order.
Broadecton Farm in the Peak District was the stunning location for the White Park Cattle Society Open Day on Saturday 18 June 2016, kindly hosted by Henry and Julie Rusch.
The day started with our formal AGM, which was followed with an open forum when members took part in a discussion on marketing and promoting our beautiful breed. After lunch we moved outside and firstly watched a bull inspection of Broadecton Clayton, who has been put forward for registration as a breeding bull. President Lawrence Alderson and Chairman Alistair Black undertook the inspection and explained the process involved, which includes taking several measurements of the bull before hair samples from the bull and his dam are sent away for DNA analysis. We then undertook a tour around Broadecton Farm to view the White Park cattle (and Swaledale sheep) that reside in the surrounding fields. The visit was rounded off with a fantastic afternoon tea with a range of home-made cakes.
An evening meal at a local pub concluded the day’s events and on the Sunday several members took part in a visit to a local copper mine, organised by Henry Rusch and led by volunteers.
We would like to pass on our grateful thanks to Henry and Julie for their wonderful hospitality, which included offering accommodation in their holiday cottages to several members of Council.
To find out more about Broadecton Farm please visit their website.
Council members John Carrick and Jessica Bryne-Daniel, with the support of Jean Wright, hosted the White Park Cattle Society stand at Beef Expo on Friday 20 May and were delighted to accept the award for “Best small breed Society stand”. The stand had been designed and mounted by Jessica Bryne-Daniel.
It was the first time that the Society has attended Beef Expo and we were pleased to welcome a steady stream of visitors to the stand during the show.