Urgent action needed to help save UK’s Gloucester cattle breed: RBST

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Urgent action is required to help save Britain’s oldest breed of Gloucester cattle from becoming extinct, said the Rare Breed Survival Trust (RBST), noting herd numbers of the ancient breed halved between 2006 and 2020.

RBST chief executive Christopher Price said, “Farming with rare and native breeds has become increasingly attractive over the past few years. It’s the same time, we have seen government policy starting to reflect the value of our native breeds to maintaining our natural environment and promoting biodiversity.”

The charitable organisation said these rare breeds have a significant contribution to the British rural economy.

Notably, Gloucester breed has been common in the Severn Valley area since the 13th century. Their milk is used to produce cheeses, high-quality meat, among other products.