Pendeen & Trenow Whitebred Shorthorns
By Pamela Charman
Five more Whitebred Shorthorns have travelled down to West
Cornwall, joining the four that have already had great success
conservation grazing part of the Penwith Moors near Pendeen.
A registered Whitebred bull and two registered bulling heifers
have been bought by Gerald and Anne Babcock, who own the four
heifers already at Pendeen, in far West Cornwall. Two younger
registered Whitebred Shorthorn heifers have been purchased
by Karen Wall of Perranuthnoe. Karen hopes to use her heifers
as 'house cows' and sell their calves to Gerald and Anne to
join their Pendeen herd.
The bull and two heifers came from George and Ian Bell's Bloch
herd and the other two heifers have been purchased from Gordon
Gilligan's High Creoch herd, (both farms are situated within
the Scottish borders).
This is what Gerald had to say:
"The conservation grazing abilities of the Whitebred Shorthorn and their
appeal to our community has been outstanding. The heifers can be easily seen
on the hillsides attracting great interest. They have opened up areas that
have been impassible for over sixty years, great news for locals and visitors
who come to walk on our moors. The breed's placid temperment and cute looks
makes them very endearing to the general public. We will take them off the
moor at the end of November and bring them home to have their first calves
in the new year. We will return them to the moors when their calves are well
grown and cudding. Past experience has taught me that grazing, cudding, well
grown calves will lie out in the open, making themselves easy to find and count.
Their mothers are much less protective at this stage, making things much safer
for the general public. For the future development of the herd we hope to have
Karen's registered calves, which my wife Anne will bucket rear to later join
the progeny from our own six heifers.
Our controlled breeding plan using A.I. did not work very
well. One heifer took to the A.I. but the rest were sorted
out by our Simmental bull! To avoid a repeat of this we have
now acquired our own Whitebred Shorthorn bull from the Bloch
herd. It has a different bloodlines from all of the heifers".
Anne and Gerald, together with Gerald's mother would like to
take this opportunity to thank the Bell and Gilligan families
for their wonderful hospitality, when they visited them last
summer and since then, their help with starting a Whitebred
Shorthorn herd in Cornwall.
To help the Whitebred Shorthorn breed, Karen has kindly appointed
herself as Cornish press officer. She is busy contacting the
local press promoting the breed. She hopes to get several Galloway
breeders in the South West interested in the Whitebred Shorthorn,
and start the production of the Blue Grey in the area. Above
all Karen wants to help Gerald and Anne Babcock in their efforts
to get their local community envolved in the development of
the herd, in conservation grazing, which in turn brings biodiversity
and its benefits to the Cornish wildlife.
Local walkers, horse riders, the tourist industry and the fragile
West Penwith Rural Economy, will all eventually benefit from
the Whitebred Shorthorn's presence on the West Cornwall's beautiful
moors. A win - win situation for all!