Dispersal of White Park herd at Melton Native Breeds Sale on 14 September

The annual Melton Native Breeds Show and Sale, organised by Grassroots Systems Ltd, took place this year on Saturday 14 September at Melton Mowbray Livestock Market.

This year’s sale included the dispersal of the Manx herd of White Park cattle who had travelled from the Isle of Man.  Owner Paul Davis said about his cattle “They all are quiet and our two bulls are docile and well-behaved.”

The dispersal of the Manx herd comprised 11 cows (some with calves at foot) who been running with bull Manx Cosmopolis, 2 senior heifers, 7 heifers born in 2018 and 2 bulls.

Some of the Manx Herd foundation cows are from the Collegewood herd and were bred by John Barker.

We are glad to report that following the sale all Manx cattle found homes as breeding animals and the Society hopes to welcome some new members who purchased White Park cattle for the first time.


The Manx herd of White Park cattle on the Isle of Man

Over 50 members attend the 2019 AGM and Open day in Wales

Our 2019 AGM and Open Day was held on 10 August at Parc Grace Dieu Farm, near Monmouth by kind permission of Frank Sutton and his family.

After the AGM had concluded over 50 members listened to a presentation by local vet, Vicki Fisher, on the importance of bio-security.  We then enjoyed a delicious lunch organised by the Sutton family.

Following lunch two covered trailers arrived to take the members on a tour of Parc Grace Dieu and The Hendre.

During the tour we viewed the Gracedieu herd of White Park cattle on the farm, as well as the Longhorn cattle, North American Bison and Frank’s collection of historic John Deere tractors.  Frank also has a great passion for the American wild west which was evident in the totem poles on the farm and the original longhorn hides in the AGM meeting room.  We ended our tour with teas and biscuits back at the farm.

During the evening there was a three course meal of delicious White Park beef from the Gracedieu herd served at the Beaufort in nearby Raglan.

The Society would like to extend its thanks to Frank, Anna and Ben Sutton for all of their help in making our 2019 such an enjoyable occasion.

Biography of White Park Cattle Society President

A new book entitled ” Anarchy or Establishment” was published at the end of May 2019.  The biography is the journey of a shy boy from a remote Pennine hill farm to a man who is now a renowned international consultant on conservation genetics with a CBE for services to rare breeds – our very own President, Lawrence Alderson.

Lawrence has dedicated much of his life to saving traditional native breeds and was founder president of Rare Breeds International and the founder, scientific consultant, director and chairman of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.  He is an eternal optimist with a ‘glass half full’ attitude to life, always looking for positive opportunities even when the outlook is bleak. His smiling northern sense of humour has carried him through many farming disasters such as Foot and Mouth Disease.

“Anarchy or Establishment” is 224 pages long and has 145 photos.  It retails at £25 and is available to order from Hayloft Publishing on [email protected] or 079 713 524 73.

Open day for 2019 to be held in Monmouthshire

Monmouth in south Wales is the location for our 2019 Open Day and AGM when we will be visiting the home of Council member Frank Sutton.

Frank and his family have lived at Parc Grace Dieu Farm near Raglan since 1981 and Frank is very well known in the area as he is the main John Deere dealer for south Wales.   The farm comprises 600 acres and as well as being home to the substantial herd of Grace Dieu White Park cattle is also home to Longhorn cattle, North American Bison and American Quarter Horses.  Frank has a great passion for the American wild west and the life of a cowboy which is evident in the authentic hides and artwork in the Sutton family home.

Our Open Day and AGM takes place on 10 August.

Updated and revised book on White Park cattle is now available for sale

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.

Volume One of WPCS magazine is published

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.

Blagdon Estate hosts the WPCS 2018 AGM and Open Day

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 – Centenary of the White Park Cattle Society

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.

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