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mrpb27

Posted on 09/03/2014


Photo taken on September  3, 2014




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Sherwood Longhorn

Sherwood Longhorn
A rare breed of cattle has been introduced to Sherwood Forest in an attempt to stop the open spaces disappearing in undergrowth.

Visitors are able to see two herds of longhorns which occupy enclosures near the Major Oak.

The beasts, used because they are heavy enough to trample down the undergrowth, have been introduced as part of a conservation project.

It is hoped they will open up grazing which has disappeared in recent years.

English Longhorn cattle are a long-horned brown and white breed of beef cattle originating from Craven, in the north of England. The breed was initially used as a draught animal, which its body is well suited for; the milk was also collected for butter and cheese because of its high butterfat content. An individual farmer would have owned one or two cows; these would have been accompanied by a bull owned by the Lord of the Manor. The notable long, curved horns that serve to distinguish this breed from others can make an individual appear aggressive, although by temperament they are usually friendly. Longhorns live surprisingly longer than other breeds of cattle and are also known for calving with ease. They have a white patch along the line of their spine and under their bellies.
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Originally taken and posted for the GWUK group.
Guessed by Mendel9331

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Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra
marvelous!!
3 years ago.