A one-tonne pedigree bull is set to join Blenheim estate’s herd of ancient White Cattle.
The two-year-old bull, whose pedigree name is Castleton Satellite, is part of the renowned Castleton herd from Powys in Wales and can trace his ancestry back five generations.
Cattle were introduced into
High Park, an ancient oak
woodland within the 2,000
acre Oxfordshire Parkland, three years ago to trample undergrowth and clear sp-aces for acorns from the ancient oaks to germinate and grow.
The herd has had such a positive impact, the estate is now looking to expand its range and hopes the new bull will have the desired effect.
“The time has come to introduce new blood into the herd as we look to strengthen its genetic diversity,” said Blenheim Estate Farm Manager Char-les Gerring.
“Our original bull has been moved on as we plan to introduce several of his daughters into the main herd this year and Castleton is the perfect replacement.
“He is a fantastic example of the breed. He has great shape, conformation and markings and will allow us to continue the herd’s vital role of maintaining the rich biodiversity of the estate’s historic woodlands,” he add-
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