Ancient Park Cattle
British White History
British White Cows - Milk white, polled,
docile, incredibly beautiful!
A drawing from 1835, entitled "THE WHITE URUS ( or Hamilton
breed of wild Cattle) Native of Scotland". What is of great
historical interest here is the representation of both a horned
example of the this very ancient breed, and a polled example
of this ancient breed, within the same herd. Certainly based
upon much reading of scholarly articles and observations of this
period, we would expect to see such a drawing. Modern day
historians with affinities to the horned Park cattle, would have you
believe the polled Park cattle (now referred to as British White)
are genetically distinct from the horned Park cattle (now referred
to as White Park) of today.
An old painting of a horned White Park
cow. Note the depth of body, the well set udder, and the kindly
nature of this quite beautiful and contented representation of this
ancient breed, and particularly look at those black tipped horns.
Some old writings about this breed describe them as having black
tipped horns in this very style, yet we don't see this trait
consistently in modern animals bearing
the label Ancient White Park. Wonder why?
Within the White Park Cattle Society of the UK's
own dogma and history of the breed they inadvertently provide
historical evidence via this painting of the absolute close kinship of
the polled and horned varieties of the ancient White Park breed.
Merely remove the horns and you have an excellent example of what all
breeders of polled British White cattle strive to have grazing in
their pastures today.
Of particular interest here is the representation of both a red
pointed White Park cow and a black pointed White Park cow.
Within both the horned and polled varieties of the White Park breed,
red pointed calves continue to appear today as they did in days of
old, and breeders of the polled variety are invariably surprised and
pleased when this occurs. It's quite easy to understand why the
gentle milk white cows with red ears were held in reverence for many
thousands of years, and found their way into Celtic myths and legends
long before the written word.
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