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photoblog image English Longhorn Cattle on the Shugborough estate

English Longhorn Cattle on the Shugborough estate

 

Before the introduction of the Shorthorn breed, the English Longhorn was, so I read, the most common breed of cattle in the country.  Wikipedia also says:

 

"Though long-horned oxen were already predominant in Craven in the 16th and 17th centuries, the English Longhorn breed was much improved for beef by Robert Bakewell of Dishley, when large amounts of meat were needed to feed people who had moved to towns and cities in the Industrial Revolution.  His selective breeding made the "Dishley Longhorn" very popular towards the end of the 18th century. The breed is still to be found in Leicestershire at the Stanley's Springbarrow Farm, at Thoresby Estate in Nottinghamshire and a small herd has been re-introduced at Calke Abbey, in Derbyshire, where the Harpur-Crewe family had traditionally kept them."

 

English Longhorn Cattle on the Shugborough estate

 

Before the introduction of the Shorthorn breed, the English Longhorn was, so I read, the most common breed of cattle in the country.  Wikipedia also says:

 

"Though long-horned oxen were already predominant in Craven in the 16th and 17th centuries, the English Longhorn breed was much improved for beef by Robert Bakewell of Dishley, when large amounts of meat were needed to feed people who had moved to towns and cities in the Industrial Revolution.  His selective breeding made the "Dishley Longhorn" very popular towards the end of the 18th century. The breed is still to be found in Leicestershire at the Stanley's Springbarrow Farm, at Thoresby Estate in Nottinghamshire and a small herd has been re-introduced at Calke Abbey, in Derbyshire, where the Harpur-Crewe family had traditionally kept them."

 

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • United States
  • 13 Apr 2016, 02:24
What handsome critters they are, Tom, and they live in pretty places.
Tom Wilson: They are indeed, Ray.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 13 Apr 2016, 04:00
Elles se chauffent au soleil pendant la sieste.
Tom Wilson: C'est vrai, Martine!
They have very interesting markings, don't they
Tom Wilson: They do - quite unusual.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Apr 2016, 06:39
I was delighted to see these wonderful looking cattle Tom
Tom Wilson: They're fine beasts aren't they?
Well you've given us the long and the short of it Tom.
Tom Wilson: I wonder at what age the horns begin to appear.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 13 Apr 2016, 08:01
I have also seen these in the Cotswolds, Tom
Tom Wilson: There seem to be a few herds of them around the country, Lisl.
A beautiful pastoral scene Tom!
Tom Wilson: Isn't it just.s
They are certainly enjoying the day, Tom.
Tom Wilson: Looks like it, Mary.
Very fine cattle Tom. As I think I said before we pass Robert Bakewell's farm at Dishley when we go into Lougborough, and just outside Shepshed is this farm http://www.blackbrooklonghorns.co.uk/ extremely well known for breeding these fine animals.
Tom Wilson: an interesting site, Brian - thanks for that.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 13 Apr 2016, 13:42
Looks very pastoral and the cattle looks very sturdy. Wonder why they have been phased out?
Tom Wilson: Very sturdy - it was originally used as a draught animal and for milk, but was largely replaced for the latter by the Durham Shorthorn (subsequently known as the Dairy Shorthorn) - it is now used for beef.
A fine sight that day
the two older ones have good long curved horns Tom... they have very distinct colours... good composition....petersmile
I like your capture.

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