What is so special about these
beasts and why are they endangered?
plenty of Shorthorns aren't there?
Yes there are plenty of Shorthorns. The breed itself will not die out.
These particular cows were born, in
April and May,
on Uldale Fell in Cumbria; an area of open common land similar to the
hill land in the background which is the adjoining Bassenthwaite
Common. Like their mothers and grandmothers they would have spent most
of their lives out there coming down onto the enclosed land in July to
run with the Bull for two or three months.
, were it not for the 2001 Foot and Mouth epidemic and
the 'environmentalists'. Now they must be
kept, permanently, on enclosed land.
That winter I had sent the cows away to
farm, more for my sake than theirs. That farm was caught in the smoke
plume from one of the funeral pyres. A week later FMD was
DEFRA:- Department of the
Environment, Food and
Rural Affairs. (Notice, NO mention of Agriculture.) always
claimed that the virus was not
spread in the smoke, but the Northumberland report on the
recommended that carcases were not burned because of that risk. In
this case I obtained the wind direction, from Carlisle
for the first 2-3 hours of the burn. I then drew a line on the map on
that bearing from the pyre. Only one farm on that line escaped; it was
in a hollow, and the smoke passed over it!
I lost all my in-calf cows. See 'Death of an English County
which I wrote at the time. Luckily, I had three generations of heifers
home (on the Fell) and the three seniors calved. They all survived.
When it was all over I was able to buy back the surplus heifer calves
that I had sold the previous December, so the herd was saved.
That is when the 'environmentalists'