East Farm hosts successful Open Farm Sunday

Over 1600 visitors attended the Open Farm Sunday event hosted by our members Laura and Robert Cooper who live at East Farm near Avebury in Wiltshire.

As well as the herd of White Park cattle that were on show, visitors were also able to meet pigs, sheep and horses.  Children were able to ride on mini self propelled tractors and play in the grain pit, whilst a fake udder was available for anyone who wanted to have a go at milking.  Locally sourced food was on sale and the Co-op had brought along an educational game to see if visitors knew where their food came from.   And the Wiltshire Museum had brought along some old farming implements to give a flavour of a bygone age.

East Farm has undertaken a great deal of conservation work and together with its neighbouring farm has 5 miles of hedgerows, 7 miles of grass margins and 3 miles of wildflower margins, all of which provide superb cover for birds.

Our thanks go to the Cooper family for their hard work in promoting White Park cattle during the event, and also to members John Barker and Adrian Crocker who went along to East Farm to help them.

New bull Bickleigh Quattro arrives at Dinefrw

White Park bull Bickleigh Quattro has arrived at National Trust Dinefrw in order to serve the 30 females in the Dinefrw herd.

Rhodri Thomas, who will shortly take over the reins as head stockman from Wyn Davies, said: “The arrival of a new bull has been highly anticipated.

“To sustain the Dinefwr line, we were searching for a pedigree White Park bull and we are pleased to say we have found that in Quattro.

“It will take him up to four months to serve the whole herd and we’ll find out how successful he’s been next spring.”

The young bull is from a herd of White Park cattle bred in Devon by John Lean, but his family history lies in Dinefwr.

The breed helps to manage the estate at Dinefwr, providing a natural and effective method of keeping wildflower hay meadows at bay.

Retiring Head Stockman, Wyn Davies, is seen below with some of the females in the Dinefrw herd.

AGM and Open Day will be in Dorset

The Society  AGM and Open Day will be held on Saturday 22 July in Dorset.  The location for the AGM will be the dining hall of Hanford School, a private girls’ school situated in the Hanford Estate.  After the AGM we will tour Hanford Farm, by kind permission of WPCS members Mr and Mrs Mark Pearson.

Booking forms have been mailed to all members and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

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White Park cattle travel to new home in Germany

In late 2016 Arche Warder farm park in Germany contacted us to say that they were looking to purchase some White Park cattle.

The farm park is now the proud owner of heifers Cadzow Lyndsay and Cadzow Lacey, who travelled to Germany from Haddington in the Borders of Scotland, and bull Wytch Osprey who travelled from Dorset.

Daniela from the farm park is delighted with her new arrivals and says that they have all settled in well.

Visit to Melton Mowbray Cattle Market

The Chairman, Treasurer, a Council member and the Secretary of the White Park Cattle Market all had the pleasure of visiting Melton Mowbray Cattle Market recently to view the new cattle lines that are being constructed.  The new lines are due to open for business in Spring 2017.

Following the tour of the construction site the WPCS representatives then joined other cattle society officials for lunch.  A presentation on the Rare Breeds Show and Sale organised each year by Grassroots Systems Ltd followed.  Members present also heard about the Rare Breeds Survival Trust gene bank and the changes to the Zootechnical regulations, breed monitoring and FAnGR list with respect to special area payments and derogation from culling in the event of an exotic disease outbreak.

Everyone present agreed that the event had been a highly informative and interesting day.

Welcome to two young members

The White Park Cattle Society is always pleased to welcome new members.  In December we were delighted to hear that William and Anna from Northern Ireland have become the proud owners of two White Park females and are looking forward to showing them.  The whole family has now become a member of the Society.  It is great to hear that the younger generation are interested in our beautiful White Park cattle and we look forward to learning of William and Anna’s successes in the show ring.

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Border Fine Arts figurines of White Park cattle are selling fast

Interest in the two White Park cattle figurines produced by Border Fine Arts has been so high that only 20 bulls and 17 Cow and calves are still available for sale (as at 1.11.16)

Both figurines are limited editions with only 350 copies being produced.    The artist was Ray Ayres who captured the true essence of the breed after several visits to sketch the cattle in the flesh.

Grays Country Gifts who are selling the figurines through their website predict that both the bull and the cow and calf  will sell out by the end of 2016.

If you are thinking of buying one of the figurines for a Christmas present please act fast so as not to be disappointed.

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National Trust Wales start fundraising campaign to expand the numbers of White Park cattle at Dinefwr

National Trust Wales has started a fundraising campaign to raise £36,000 in order to purchase a new White Park bull and expand its herd at Dinefwr Castle in Carmarthenshire.

The herd is managed by Wyn Davies, seen below with some of the White Park cattle currently residing at the castle.

 

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White Park cow Smoile Vivien is overall Champion at Chelford Rare Breeds show and sale

Seven year old White Park cow Smoile Vivien was named overall Champion Rare Breed at the show and sale held at Chelford Market on Saturday 24 September 2016.  Smoile Vivien was owned by Jessica Bryne-Daniel and bred by Mr and Mrs Anthony Milner.  Following her success in the show ring Smoile Vivien and her calf PantGwyn Veritas then made the highest price of the day selling at 2550 guineas to White Park Cattle Society member Mr Adam Ogden.

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