Our dramatically distinctive White Park cattle which grace parkland and pasture in many parts of the country is Britain’s most ancient breed of livestock. “A Breed of Distinction” by the Society President and White Park cattle expert, Lawrence Alderson CBE, deals comprehensively with both the ancient provenance of White Park cattle and their value in the context of modern farming. Its narrative reveals a fascinating range of interest and knowledge, illustrated in both monochrome and colour images.
An updated and revised copy of “A Breed of Distinction” is now for sale via Amazon using this link.
The first edition of the White Park Cattle Society magazine “A Breed of Distinction” has been published.
Our thanks go to retired Council member John Carrick, who managed the production and printing of the magazine, ably assisted by his editorial team of Amy Cope, Jessica Byrne-Daniel, John Barker and Guy Myddelton.
The 16-page magazine features articles on breeding for the best, a guide to showing White Park cattle, halter training young cattle, members new to the breed, the export of embryos to New Zealand, keeping White Park outdoors all year round and the change of lifestyle from London banker to Rutland farmer.
The magazine also contains herd advertisements from several White Park herds.
Volume One of “A Breed of Distinction” is available free of charge to anyone who is interested in finding out more about White Park Cattle. If you would like to receive a copy please contact our Breed Secretary, Jane Hampson, on [email protected] with your address details.
The White Park Cattle Society was honoured to hold its AGM and Open Day at Blagdon Estate near Seaton Burn in Northumberland. The Estate has a range of businesses at its Milkhope Centre which are open to the public, including the Blagdon Farm Shop. We definitely recommend a visit if you are in the area!
Blagdon Estate in Northumberland was the location for the 2018 White Park Cattle Society AGM and Open Day, kindly hosted by Viscount Ridley.
Blagdon Estate has been in the ownership of the White/Ridley family since 1698 and is a business that includes farms, woodland, residential and commercial properties. The Estate is also home to the Blagdon Herd of White Park cattle.
Our day commenced in the Clock Room on the Estate where, after morning tea, we held our AGM and Open Forum. Following lunch the tour of the Estate commenced. We firstly visited the garden in front of the house where Viscount Ridley gave us a run down of his family history. We then walked over to see the Blagdon herd of White Park cattle, which were grazing calmly in front of the house in a field next to the cricket pitch. The WPCS members then climbed on to a trailer and were given a tour of the Estate which included a visit to the businesses in the Milkhope Centre, land which had been re-instated following open cast coal mining and is which now thriving with wildlife and, finally, the dairy unit. We concluded our afternoon with tea and cakes back at the Clock Room.
The Open Day finished in style with a three-course evening meal at the Ridley Arms which comprised a main course of delicious White Park beef, supplied by the Estate.
The Society would like to thank Viscount Ridley for welcoming us to his home, Estate Manager Andrew Crewdson for his help in organising the visit and Estate staff David Conner and Harry Baker Cresswell for joining us on the guided tour.
It was a wonderful day in a beautiful location and was enjoyed by established and newer members alike.
2018 is a special year for our Society, as it is our centenary.
The ‘Park Cattle Society’ was formed in January 1918 with the Earl of Tankerville (Chillingham) as Patron, the Duke of Bedford (Woburn) as President, and the Duke of Hamilton (Cadzow) as Vice-President. The first herd book was published in 1919. At that time the herd book included both horned and polled cattle as polled cattle with the White Park colour pattern were incorrectly deemed to be closely related.
By the 1940s the name of the Society had changed to the ‘British White Cattle Society’ which added further confusion with polled British White cattle. The President was the Duke of Hamilton and the Vice-President was Lord Dynevor, and the heritage horned herds (Dynevor, Cadzow and Woburn/Chartley) provided the senior office holders throughout the life of the herd book.
Following a lapse of thirty years or so registrations resumed in 1974, the first volume of a new herd book was published in 1975, and the White Park Cattle Society was (re)formed in 1983 when the Duchess of Hamilton (Cadzow) was President and the Chairman was G L H Alderson CBE (Dynevor). Lawrence Alderson became President in 1988.
At the end of 2017 we were contacted by a non-member who had owned three White Park cows for several years, using them for conservation grazing only. The owner was retiring and had decided to re-home his White Parks. But he wanted them to live out their natural lives, as close as possible to his home, and had specified that they could not be used for breeding. If we could find a new owner that met these criteria, the White Parks would be transferred free of charge.
Luckily Dr Greenall of Herefordshire was only too willing to give the three females a new home. Following the necessary movement tests Stoneleigh Ashow, Stoneleigh Grandborough and Pepperbox Alderbury moved to Ledbury and are now living with five other White Parks in the beautiful surroundings Bromesberrow Place.
Hexham Mart is pleased to announce that they have been entrusted to conduct the sale of a unique collection of in excess of 150 Border Fine Arts figurines, which are the personal collection of Ray Ayres who was the principal sculptor for many of the finest pieces.
Ray Ayres is also the sculptor for the two Border Fine Arts White Park figurines and the artist proofs of these two figurines will be amongst those up for sale.
The Sale will be held on Thursday 7th December at 2pm at Tynedale Function Suite, Tyne Green, Hexham, NE46 3SG
Tuesday 5th December 2pm-5pm
Wednesday 6th December 9pm-5pm
and the sale morning from 9am-1.30pm
Congratulations to members David and Sue Graveston of Bolton by Bowland, Lancashire, whose White Park bull Ribblesdale Muskateer triumphed as the Interbreed Champion at the Melton Mowbray Rare Breeds show and sale held on 9 September 2017.
The Donald family of County Armagh were excited to take their White Park heifer Claycappagh Lilly to her first show, the Gosford Rare Breed show in Northern Ireland. After winning her breed class Lilly and her half sister Louisa Jane went on to win the beef pairs, before Lilly triumphed in the overall championship. Congratulations to Claycappagh Lilly, beautifully shown by the two youngest members of the Donald family, seen below holding their trophy.
We have nine White Park cattle going through the ring at the Rare Breeds Sale at Melton Mowbray Livestock Market on Saturday 9 September 2017 – three bulls and six heifers.
Two of the males are recently registered Pass Plus bulls being sold by David Graveston (both born in 2015) and the third bull is a 5 year old Pass bull being sold by MD Hamilton Farms Ltd.
All of the heifers are being presented by John Carrick of the Pennyspot herd.
The sale catalogue pages that relate to these cattle are available on the link below and include details of sires, dams and grand-sires and grand-dams of all of the cattle being sold. The photo below is of the two bulls being sold by David Graveston.