My name is Gloria, I am an English Longhorn Cow. Recently, because of rare breed farms such as Croxteth Park Farm and the RBST, English Longhorns have been moved off the watchlist. This doesn’t mean we don’t need looking after, just that the great work that the RBST does and the breeding programs have been successful in improving our numbers.
Rare Breed Animals
Hi there, we are the Highland herd. As you can see, we have sturdy bodies with a very shaggy coat, a fringe over our faces and long spreading horns. Our colors vary from yellow to red, or even black. We are long-lived and can withstand harsh weather conditions, that’s why you will still see us out in the fields in the winter – originally from the Highlands of Scotland, we are used to harsh weather. Interesting fact: We have lived in Croxteth Park for 80 years.
I’m Betty, I am one of the Boreray flock of sheep on the farm. The RBST status for our breed has been classified as vulnerable, however we are working hard on the farm to improve this and our ewes have had lots of lambs this spring.
I’m Pingyang, a Middle White sow. Middle White Pigs are endangered, meaning that there are less than 200 breeding females left. Fortunately, I had my first litter of 10 piglets this year. These will go on to help to improve the RBST status of my breed in the future.
My name is Ellie, I am a White Park Cow. As part of the RBST I am now number 5 on the list which is ‘Minority’. This means that there are still only 750 – 1500 of us registered in the UK but much better than in 2014 when I was number 4 – ‘At Risk’. I can proudly say that I helped this to happen as, being part of the breeding programme on Croxteth Park Farm, I gave birth to a daughter.
Hi, my name is Pablo, I am an Irish Moiled bull. Irish Moiled are a minority breed, fortunately, I am part of a herd of Irish Moiled cattle on the farm. When first bought in 1984 the Croxteth herd was the only one on mainland Britain, today it is the largest herd in mainland Britain.