As we walked the dogs up the hill this afternoon, a small herd of Commoners` cattle followed us for a while. On our return, we found the members of this motley crew at rest on the green, looking for all the world like the subjects of a Dutch landscape painting.
Several local New Forest Commoners depasture their beef cattle on the Forest, where the animals graze on heather if grass is in short supply. In harsh winters, their owners will bring hay up into the woods for the stock to feed on. These cattle were in good condition today and several of them are in calf. Several are of mixed breeding. All of them are registered and tagged in accordance with EU regulations and the laws of the New Forest Verderers Court. It will be the younger offspring who will eventually be sold for meat. The breeding cows have a good life out on the Forest, unless they wander into the road at night and are hit by a speeding car
A Belted Galloway in calf.
A Charolais ( or Charolais cross) rests with another "Beltie".
I am usure about the breeding of these two beautiful red cows. Possibly Red Devons or a cross breed. The standing cow was enjoying a good head scratch on a tree branch.
A pretty young Hereford-cross heifer on her way down the lane.
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