Since the eighteenth century British cattle breeds have spread worldwide and have made the names of several counties famous in distant lands. Yet some of those breeds have become extinct and many others have become so rare in their own country that they are in danger of disappearing. In the hope of awakening enthusiasm for the diversity that still makes British cattle so interesting, this book describes all the existing breeds and many of those that have already gone. Diversity is crucial; cattle provide meat, milk leather, muscle power and a wide range of by-products, and each breed was developed to meet specific demands.
Table of Contents
In the early days; Longhorns and Shorthorns; Wales and England; Scotland and Ireland; New 'British' breeds; Further reading; Organisations; Places to visit
Val Porter has written several books on breeds of livestock worldwide (cattle, pigs and goats) and on caring for cows in particular. She worked with a Jersey dairy herd and kept her own Jersey housecows in the 1970s, and through them be became interested in rare breeds of cattle at a time when the 'black and whites' were so dominant that there was little space left for anything more colourful. She has been a member of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust for many years and was co-author of the Trust's history, 'Saving the Breeds'.