New home for rare cattle breed
AUGUST 21, 2009: One of the world’s rarest cattle breeds is moving to a second home for the first time in its 100 year history as part of a plan to conserve the animals for the future.
There are less than 40 Vaynol cattle in existence and currently all of them are found at one location - Home Farm, Temple Newsom in Leeds - where they have been since 1989. Now plans are afoot to move three cows to new pastures, 70 miles away in Lincolnshire, creating two separate herds for the first time. This new satellite herd will be important in conserving the future for Vaynol cattle by widening the future breeding stock. It will also reduce the risk that diseases, such as Foot and Mouth could cause problems in the future, if all the animals were kept only in one location.