The White Park Breed Standard

Type: The White Park is a beef breed which is thrifty and efficient. It is adapted to non-intensive systems of management and converts coarse herbage into high-quality, lean, well-marbled beef. The cows are noted for ease of calving, milkiness and high fertility, while bulls used as crossing sires confer ease of calving and exceptional hybrid vigour.

Colour: White with coloured (usually black, but red is permissible) points, that is muzzle, ears, eye rims and feet. Teats and horn tips usually are black, but may lack pigment. Some degree of undermarking is acceptable, but black and overmarked (that is, colour on the body or heavy markings on the neck) animals are not eligible for registration in the main register. The colour pattern is dominant.

Horns: Long or medium-long. In cows they normally grow sideways, curving first forwards and then upwards. In bulls they are stronger and less curved.

Size: White Park cattle are late-maturing; they reach full size at about five years of age, and full weight at about nine years of age. Strict standards of size or weight are not applied; it is recognised that these depend to a large degree on systems of management and climatic conditions, and the size and weight of each animal reflects its environment as much as its genetics.

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