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]