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Native & Rare Breeds

The UK is fortunate to have a great many native farm breeds, which have arrived here at various times during our history, and have developed to suit our diverse localised environments and farming needs.  As farming methods and our requirements have changed more commercial breeds have replaced many of our native ones causing some to become quite rare and even on the road to extinction.  The Rare Breed Survival Trust keeps a vital gene bank and database as well as keeping an eye on how our native breeds are doing to highlight those of special concern Category 1 through to Category 6 least concern on their annual Watchlist.
Shy Suffolk

The Suffolk Horse, or Suffolk Punch as it is sometimes known, is the oldest breed of heavy horse in the UK dating back to Crisp's Horse of Ufford (Suffolk) in the 1700's. The only colour for Suffolks is chesnut (no "t") varying from dark through seven shades to light. Their stocky build and immense strength made them very popular draught horses across East Anglia. An increase in mechanisation caused their numbers to drop dramatically. New uses are trying to be found for this magnificent horse to secure the future of the breed which is presently Category 1 Critically Endangered on the RBST list.

For more information about Suffolk Horses, where to see them, or to donate to their work please contact the Suffolk Horse Society or to see Suffolk Horses in Suffolk you could visit The Suffolk Punch Trust.

Hereford Cattle  With its distinctive dark reddish coat and white face the Hereford is a very old breed of cattle originating as a cross between a small Roman red breed and a larger Welsh breed being named after the County where it evolved. Orignally it was a popular draught ox now it is a valued beef breed.

Category 6 Other UK Native Breeds - Not of particular concern     Traditional Hereford: Category 5 Minority

Suffolk Sheep Recogniseable by its black head and legs and lop ears, this sheep is valued for its meat and wool.

Category 6 Other UK Native Breeds - Not of particular concern

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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