Young, sin­gle and ready to min­gle

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country - Edited by An­nun­ci­ata Wal­ton

THE search is on for a vir­ile bull of im­pec­ca­ble pedi­gree to help pre­serve the blood­line of rare White Park cat­tle at Dine­fwr, Car­marthen­shire. The ur­gent cam­paign, launched by Na­tional Trust Wales, looks to raise £36,000 to pur­chase a suitor and a few new fe­males for the 13-strong herd, which has been on the prop­erty for more than 1,000 years. Richard Broad, field of­fi­cer at the Rare Breeds Sur­vival Trust (RBST), calls the ini­tia­tive ‘a bea­con of hope for all rare breeds’.

White Park cat­tle are char­ac­terised by pure-white coats and sooty black ears and noses and The Princess Royal keeps them at Gat­combe. There are only about 750 breed­ing fe­males left in the world, which makes them rarer than the gi­ant panda.

‘Dine­fwr wouldn’t be Dine­fwr with­out them—ev­ery heifer and bull is spe­cial to me,’ says lo­cal dairy farmer Wyn Davies, who has spent the past 18 years look­ing after the herd. He adds: ‘After four years of distin­guished ser­vice, the cur­rent bull, Strel­ley Bendigo, has max­imised his po­ten­tial. A new male needs to en­ter the herd to pre­serve the blood­line and make sure the bulls bred on the land are true to species.’

Justin Al­bert, Di­rec­tor of Na­tional Trust Wales adds: ‘The White Park cat­tle are vi­tal to Dine­fwr and im­por­tant to Wales. They’re a sig­nif­i­cant part of Welsh his­tory that we want to pro­tect and pre­serve and we’ll do all we can to en­sure the breed con­tin­ues to thrive and delight our vis­i­tors for gen­er­a­tions to come.’

You can do­nate to Dine­fwr’s White Park cat­tle fund by tex­ting COW to 70123 (£3), by tele­phon­ing 0344 800 1895 or by call­ing in per­son at the prop­erty. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.na­tion­altrust.org.uk/ dine­fwr

Wanted: one vir­ile White Park bull for Dine­fwr

Above: Churchill’s No­bel Prize in Lit­er­a­ture. Left: The war leader’s minia­ture paint­box

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