Rises and falls

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

The breed is at its pin­na­cle, with the cat­tle found all over Eng­land and the cheese sell­ing in North Amer­ica, when the rinder­pest epi­demic starts. It lasts for 11 years, reach­ing Glouces­ter­shire in 1748, when all mar­kets are stopped

A suc­cess­ful sale at Bad­minton, which then had the big­gest herd, prompts a wave of en­thu­si­asm and sev­eral new herds are started

The Duke of Beau­fort takes his Bad­minton cat­tle to the Royal Show, gain­ing of­fi­cial breed recog­ni­tion

The Glouces­ter Cat­tle So­ci­ety is formed; the first herd book has 130 an­i­mals in 14 herds

There are 300 an­i­mals in 25-plus herds

Foot-and-mouth dis­ease hits; num­bers drop to 177 an­i­mals

Records show only 142 an­i­mals in four herds

The Bad­minton herd is dis­persed—lack of ge­netic va­ri­ety has caused chronic in­fer­til­ity— as is Col El­wes’s; num­bers plum­met to 50 reg­is­tered cows in two herds

Dis­per­sal of the Wick Court herd

Charles Martell and oth­ers

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