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Pedigree British White Cattle calf has been born at Blenheim



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Blenheim Estate have announced the arrived of a pedigree British White Cattle calf.

The calf is among seven to be born at the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site in recent days, with another six on their way.

The British White is one of the oldest breeds in Britain with direct links with the ancient indigenous wild white cattle of Great Britain.

Eight-year-old mum Ava is keeping a close eye on the new arrival whose father Seb the bull is set to become a dad 12 times over.

British White Cattle calf with mum Ava on the Blenheim Estate in Oxfordshire Picture: Pete Seaward
British White Cattle calf with mum Ava on the Blenheim Estate in Oxfordshire Picture: Pete Seaward
British White Cattle mum Ava with her newborn calf on the Blenheim Estate in Oxfordshire Picture: Pete Seaward
British White Cattle mum Ava with her newborn calf on the Blenheim Estate in Oxfordshire Picture: Pete Seaward
British White Cattle calf on the Blenheim Estate in Oxfordshire Picture: Pete Seaward
British White Cattle calf on the Blenheim Estate in Oxfordshire Picture: Pete Seaward

The herd was introduced into an ancient oak woodland on the 2,000-acre Oxfordshire estate known as High Park three years ago, to trample undergrowth and clear spaces for acorns from the ancient oaks to germinate and grow.

High Park is home to the greatest number of ancient oak trees anywhere in Europe.

Around 90 per cent of the woodland is made up of oak trees and it is thought that at least 60 of them date back to the Middle Ages.

British White Cattle calf with mum Ava on the Blenheim Estate in Oxfordshire Picture: Pete Seaward
British White Cattle calf with mum Ava on the Blenheim Estate in Oxfordshire Picture: Pete Seaward

Early in the 20th century the total number of herds had dropped to just seven with less than 150 individual cattle remaining. However today, thanks to a resurgence in interest in rare and heritage breeds their numbers have increased more than ten-fold

The reintroduction of the cattle is part of the Blenheim Estate’s Land Strategy plan that looks at innovative ways to protect, utilise and open up access to the 12,000-acre estate over the coming decades.



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