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British White Park Cattle
The Roman Legions occupied England in B.C. and stayed there for 400 years. During this time both the Romans and the native Britons maintained white cattle for sacrificial purposes. The British white park cattle are naturally polled, (meaning without horns). They have shortish white hair, and dark points - usually black, but sometimes red. The colored points include the ears, feet, eyelids, nose and often even teats. It is medium sized and compactly built.
The breed is hardy and thrifty, and the animals readily graze on rough vegetation such as rushes, nettles or heather, and they keenly browse many trees shrubs. Like many other traditional breeds, the British White was formerly a dual-purpose animal, produce both beef and milk, but the modern focus is for the breed production. Beef animals are normally reared wholly or mainly on grass pasture. The dual-purpose heritage means that many of the cows are good milk producers, allowing their calves to grow very well.