In December 2022 Henry Rusch was unanimously voted on as the new Chair of the White Park Cattle Society. Henry has been a member of Council since June 2016 and a member of the Society since 2009. Henry and his wife Julie farm in the stunning location of the White Peak, north of Ashbourne in the remote hamlet of Back of Ecton.
Henry has been shadowing Lawrence Alderson and Alistair Black to become our third bull inspector, and to show his dedication Henry conducted two bull inspections whilst on holiday in France! These were for member Eric Bautsch who re-located to Oradour-St-Genest in November 2020. Henry also bred Pass Plus bull Broadecton Clayton who is available as semen via UK Sires.
Expanding our breed overseas is a special interest for Henry and he has arranged for several embryos from one of his cows to be transplanted in host dams in two herds New Zealand. These embryos resulted in White Park calves over the other side of the world and 2 new members for the Society.
Before becoming a full-time farmer in 2009 Henry was a chartered accountant and company director, so he also brings considerable business experience to the Society. Henry is also a Trustee of a local care farm and has taken part in the Fresh Start initiative which matches new entrants to farming with farmers in their area who have spare land. This arrangement also means that Henry and Julie can indulge their other passion of travelling, knowing that their stock is being cared for by their tenants whilst they are away.
We very much look forward to working with Henry in his new role.