PICTURE SPECIAL: A-moo-zing new arrival in Stow Bardolph

Whitepark Calfs born at Church Farm Stow Bardolph'Bull Calf born 20th March 2015 ANL-150704-174404009
Whitepark Calfs born at Church Farm Stow Bardolph'Bull Calf born 20th March 2015 ANL-150704-174404009
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Visitors to Church Farm in Stow Bardolph have been a-moo-sed by two special new arrivals.

Two new calves were born to the farm’s rare breed White Park herd and have proved to be really popular.

White Park Cattle are one of the oldest breeds but numbers have declined dramatically over the years. In 1973, just 60 animals were recorded in the world.

So the arrival of heifer, Bardolph Elizabeth, in February was an important event.

Livestock manager Paul Furness said: “In 2015 the population has fallen to less than 1,000 breeding females so Bardolph Elizabeth is really quite special.

“There are so few of them that we put a lot of time and effort into the cattle. We put a real emphasis on making sure the cows get the best care before and after birth.”

She was followed in March by the bull calf, who is pictured above. Staff are trying to find a name beginning with E for him.

Further births will take place in the year as four more cows are expecting.

White Parks have been at Church Farm for five years and the current herd is make up of a total of 11 females and two bulls.

In three years Elizabeth will join the farm’s breeding herd while the bull will be sold on in 12 months.

Mr Furness said: “We would like to see the herd grow with animals we have bred ourselves.”

Visitors have been enjoying watching the two new calves.

Mr Furness said: “The calves are always a big draw but they have been really popular this year. They have a lot of character and spirit especially when the two of them are together tearing around and playing. People get to see that and enjoy it.”

For more information go to www.churchfarmstowbardolph.co.uk/