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Rare Whitebred Shorthorns Arrive at Myddfai

This week five very important additions to the livestock on The Prince of Wales’s Myddfai Estate arrived from the North of England.

They are Whitebred Shorthorn cattle, some of the rarest in the country. The project, supported by The Prince, will see the five cattle form the nucleus of a new Welsh herd that will help prevent the breed from disappearing altogether.

Whitebred Shorthorn cattle

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Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) purchased the endangered cattle and arranged for them to move to The Prince's estate in Wales. The Prince is the Rare Breeds Survival Trust's Patron.

Originally from the Scottish borders, Whitebred Shorthorn - all white as their name implies – thrived until the 1960s. But then more and more farmers switched to continental breeds and their numbers declined in Britain till they reached only 150 breeding females today. Daniel Williams and son Dylan will be raising the new arrivals at Pwllcalch Farm on the Lywynywormwood Estate near Myddfai.

‘We are all so pleased with these fine animals and can’t wait to start working with them,’ said Mrs Williams.

Richard Broad, RBST Field Officer, said: ‘It is great we have established a registered herd of Whitebred Shorthorn cattle in West Wales, this will help ensure the breed’s safety if anything should happen in Northern England in the future.’

In the longer term, the project aims to build up a herd of ten breeding females and a bull. Mr Williams, who follows his father at Pwllcalch, believes it's essential to save this historic breed for future generations.

RBST

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