Salisbury Plain Land Management Rare Breeds

White Park Cattle - 31.03.19


Just a few updated photographs taken today.  Please see below for information about this lovely rare breed.



White Park and Hereford Cattle on Salisbury Plain - 06.01.19 

White Park


White Park is a very old breed of beef cattle, kept in Britain for more than 2,000 years but which is now rare. They are closely descended from Britain’s original wild white cattle that were enclosed in parks by the nobility during the middle ages. By the end of the 19th century such parks had largely gone out of fashion and the breed struggled to survive.

In 1973 the Rare Breeds Survival Trust was formed and chose the White Park as its logo. From around 60 animals left in the breed at that time the numbers have increased and there are now approximately 950 adult breeding cows.  The breed is classed as “Minority” by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.


(All the above information taken from  Please click on the link to see further information)

Traditional Hereford

Key Characteristics


Traditional Hereford cows are long lived, fertile and maternal. They make great suckler cows and can produce calves at up to 14 years old. The breed is very docile and easily managed. They are also hardy and suited to outwintering. 


The Traditional Hereford is much shorter legged than the modern Hereford.
The breed is medium sized, with cows usually weighing 450-550kg and bulls 750-850kg.
The breed is red in colouring with white stripes along the back and underside of the belly.
The breed’s defining feature is the famous white face.
Animals are usually horned although the horns are often removed


(All the above information taken from  Please click on the link to see further information)

Salisbury Plain - 18.10.18

There are several Farmers who have rare breed cattle etc on parts of the Plain.

The Red Poll was originally bred by crossing the milky Suffolk Dun with the meaty Norfolk Red in the early part of the 19th century.  The original name for the breed was Norfolk and Suffolk Red Polled cattle, but the name was quickly abbreviated to Red Polled and became just Red Poll in 1888.
Ideal for more extreme areas as it’s very tolerant of both cold and heat. The breed was also imported to the USA, where it’s the oldest registered breed of cattle in the country.

It was a popular milking and beef animal up until the mid 20th century, but it slipped out of fashion as it struggled to compete with the Friesian for milking and imported continental breeds for meat. It was registered as an endangered breed by the RBST, but thanks to a revival in breeding, mainly for suckler herds, it has been moved to the Watch List, so there’s much hope for its future.

Both the Suffolk Dun and the Norfolk Red are sadly extinct, so the preservation of the Red Poll is more important than ever. Characteristics: A gentle, friendly, and calm animal, the Red Poll is reputedly the longest-lived British cattle.

They’re fertile and maternal, leading to the popularity of their use for suckler herds. The breed is known to be inquisitive, so they often wander further afield than intended!  Outstanding foragers, the Red Poll are easy to handle for a novice thanks to their natural docility.

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  • Eleanor firmstone (Thursday, January 23 20 09:20 am GMT)

    Hi, do you have any information on the steam roller ru7342. We now own the roller and wondered what year this was taken.
    Thanks Eleanor

  • Sarah Mitchell (Wednesday, September 11 19 10:31 pm BST)

    Hi there is a wonderful picture you took of a dear friend of mine on his journey to the gdsf this year. It is in the western daily press dated 22/08/19 Carl Brown roading the Marshall to gdsf. I cannot locate this picture on any website to purchase and was hoping i could purchase through yourself many thanks Sarah

  • John Baines (Friday, April 05 19 03:45 pm BST)

    Have you any photogaphs of James & Crockerills yard in Durrington? Their MD Peter Barber owned the Burrell Scenic Road loco 'Prince of Wales@ and other engines including Burrell roller 'Daffodil'

  • Zoe Read (Saturday, March 02 19 07:08 pm GMT)

    I see you already have dates for this one but I wondered if you would consider adding Purbeck Rally to your event list?
    9th -11th August
    worgret road, wareham, dorset, BH20 6AB
    Raising funds for Forest Holme Hospice Charity & other local causes.

  • Andrew Gray (Wednesday, February 20 19 07:55 pm GMT)

    Is that Mr Dimmer and the train made at Durrington Sec Modern, I started there 1963 and left 1968. Mr Dimmer (Regg) was such a great teacher. Wonderful set of images to treasure. p.s we met today at the Boscombe Down Tornado fly past.

  • Jamie (Saturday, September 01 18 01:39 am BST)


    I am Jamie. One of the coalomen from last weeks steam fair. I know you mentioned taking lots of photos of us and it would be lovely to see them. Please get back to me when you can with prices ect i will most certainly purchase a few! In the meantime i will admire wgat you have on your page here already, hope you enjoyed the show! Speak soon


  • Don Russell (Friday, August 17 18 08:51 am BST)

    Hullo, found your site when looking for GDSF info. I was wondering if you had any information regarding engines travelling to the GDSF. I read engines will be raising money for cancer on there journey but I cannot find any info regarding route and timings.Thanks

  • Brian Moore (Saturday, August 04 18 12:40 pm BST)

    Thanks David: Brian

  • Peter Freeman (Thursday, May 10 18 09:56 pm BST)

    Fantastic site, easy to read and great pics! Keep up the good work.

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