Back-seat an­tics

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

THE ar­ti­cle on sav­ing the Glouces­ter cow (Septem­ber 21) re­minded me of a visit to Wick Court in Glouces­ter­shire, where Alex and Ella Dowdeswell told me that the breed had reached a crit­i­cal point in its sur­vival dur­ing the Sec­ond World War due to in­breed­ing. Petrol was short, but, once a year, Earl Bathurst would put a bull calf in the back of his car and take it over to the Dowdeswells, re­turn­ing with a dif­fer­ent calf from their herd. The sis­ters be­lieved that, if this ex­change hadn’t taken place, the Glouces­ter cow would have died out. Ian Hunter Dar­ling, Glouces­ter­shire

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