WHITE Park cattle
In 2018, Roundoak acquired its first White Park cattle - an ancient breed of beef cattle, kept in Britain for more than 2000 years, but which are now extremely rare. In 1973, there were approximately only 60 animals left, a number which has now grown to approximately 950. It is currently classed as ‘minority’ by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. Seven of these stunning beasts arrived at Roundoak from their home Chirk Caste in North Wales in September this year.
This breed is known for its distinguished looks – large white animals with black points on their muzzle, ears, eye rims and feet, and elegant wide spreading horns with black tips. They are noted for ease of calving, milkiness and high fertility, and have excellent foraging ability and hardiness making them ideal for conservation management.
We have long wished to add White Parks to the list of rare breeds at Roundoak, and it is hoped that these will be used to further diversify and expand its current conservation grazing program to bring neglected and overgrown land back to serviceable management throughout the South East.